Spanish-Speaking Dentist Helps More Patients Achieve Smile Goals in Papillion, NE

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that the key to a healthy, beautiful smile is a compassionate dental team, who takes the time to listen to and understand all of your dental goals. This applies to every single one of our patients, no matter their social, economic or racial background. In the United States, it’s not uncommon to see Spanish-speaking patients. Unfortunately, while many dentists do know some Spanish, there aren’t many who are fluent in the language. At Paragon Dental, we believe it’s our ability to truly understand our patients – both within the confines of language and without – that sets us apart from the rest. Luckily for us then, we have Dr. Coatlicue Torres-Carter on our team to treat our Spanish-speaking patients. As Papillion, Nebraska’s, Spanish-speaking dentist, Dr. Coatlicue never has to guess at what our Spanish-speaking patients want. Through the same, thorough evaluation we give to all …

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Thumb-Sucking

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Thumb-sucking is a natural habit for infants and toddlers – so natural, in fact, that it oftentimes begins in the womb. However, it’s also natural for parents to worry about the effect it will have on their child’s smile, and in many instances, their future “social life.” While most parents know that thumb-sucking can cause damage past a certain age, what many don’t know is at what age thumb-sucking becomes detrimental to the formation of the teeth, or what kind of lasting damage can occur if not stopped in time. It’s important that parents recognize when it’s time to put an end to the thumb-sucking , and that they have a clear idea as to how to do so in the most natural way possible. That’s exactly what this blog post is meant to do: to help you determine when your child is ready to stop the habit, and how …

How to Prevent Oral Cancer in 4 Easy Steps

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Oral cancer is a rapidly spreading disease in the U.S., with close to 37,000 Americans being diagnosed annually. The thing about this disease though is that it can be so easily prevented. In fact, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 63% of all cases can be prevented each year! That’s 22,000 cases! So, what needs to be done to reduce the number of those afflicted? Educate the masses. It’s really that simple. There are four things people can do to avoid contracting this deadly disease. They are:    Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco. It’s no secret that tobacco is the leading cause of lung, oral, larynx, stomach, uterus, cervix, colon, ovary and many other types of cancers. Combine tobacco with alcohol use (which many do) and you have created a killer duo…literally.    Limit alcohol intake. Believe it or not, but alcohol is also another huge culprit of oral …

Why Teeth Whitening Might Be For You

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Getting pearly white teeth isn’t as simple for some people as it is for others. Granted, there are some individuals who only have to brush with Crest whitening toothpaste in order to achieve the level of whiteness celebrities pay thousands for, but those are a lucky few. For most of us, other, more intensive treatments are needed… While there are a plethora of whitening treatments available to you, at our office we use the tray whitening system. This system is a 2-step process that will yield results of up to 4-8 shades whiter in just two days! We love it because it works so well, and in such a short period of time. Why White Teeth Are Important If you’re wondering this has to do with you, here are a few reasons why our patients love our 2-step whitening system:      A smile is the first thing people notice about you …

Protect Your (and Your Child’s!) Smile with This Underused Tool

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 600,000 individuals end up in the ER each year because of sports injuries. Of those 600,000, up to 200,000 can be prevented with one simple tool: the mouth guard. Yet, even with these high numbers, only 55% of Americans report that they or their child wears a mouth guard to both practice and games, while a startlingly low 22% wears them at games only. Dental injuries are the most common type of sport injury, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety… An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer from an orofacial injury when they’re not wearing a mouth guard. And, unfortunately, these injuries are hardly ever of the minor variety. Oftentimes injuries to the face result in permanent damage to the entire facial structure and can require extensive amounts of medical attention. In fact, just …

Fun New Website, Same Great Service

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that everything we do at our practice should serve two purposes: to build trusting relationships with our patients and to provide them with the above and beyond care they expect and deserve. As many of you may or may not know, to reflect those beliefs we requested a website redesign – and we got one! But now that we have a new look, we want to assure you—our service has not changed. At Paragon Dental, we believe in diligence when it comes to working with our patients. We believe in a high level of attention to detail. We believe in patient education and continued advancement. We believe in passion and enthusiasm. We believe in respect. And above all, we believe in great customer service. We want you to feel like a friend at our practice, because we know that when you’re comfortable enough with us …

Why Tony Gwynn Speaks Out Against Smokeless Tobacco

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A few weeks ago, San Diego residents and baseball fans everywhere mourned the loss of Padres’ star Tony Gwynn. While it is no doubt a tragic shame that such a legendary baseball player’s life has been so ruthlessly cut short, even Gwynn himself attributed his death to a very avoidable cause: mouth cancer, caused by smokeless tobacco. According to USA Today, Gwynn had spoken out against the use of smokeless tobacco in baseball in a taped segment of an informational video that the MLB plans to use this year. The Hall of Famer believed he had developed mouth cancer because of his year’s long habit of chewing tobacco. Oral cancer is a very serious disease, and if not caught in the early stages, a very deadly one. It’s also a very avoidable one. Oral cancer is not hereditary; rather, it is caused by chewing tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol, HPV (human papillomavirus) …

Nightmares About Tooth Loss? They Aren’t Coming Out of Nowhere

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“I bit into an apple, and one tooth cracked. When I took the apple out of my mouth, all my other teeth started crumbling, until my mouth looked like something out of a Steven King novel.” “I was sucking on a jaw breaker – not even biting into it! – and it hit my back tooth. That tooth cracked, and next thing I know, it was hanging on by a thread.” “I bit into a piece of steak, and with the hunk of meat torn off came my tooth. Everyday, I lost just one more tooth, until I didn’t have any left.” All of these are NOT real scenarios, but they are dreams about tooth loss told to me by a few acquaintances. Tooth loss dreams are not uncommon, especially as we get older and start caring more and more about our smiles. They’re kind of like those dreams we …

How to Ease Your Child’s Discomfort During Teething

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In the parenting world, this is almost like a bad word, as it wreaks of non-stop crying, long days and even longer nights. The only thing keeping parents from losing their heads entirely through this tough growth period is the fact that their children are suffering far more than them. While there isn’t much you can do to ease your baby’s discomfort while they’re going through this painful process, you’re not completely helpless… To ease your child’s discomfort – even if it is only temporarily – there are a few tricks that I’ve learned myself as a parent, and that other parents have shared with me. They are:     Lightly rub numbing gel across their gums with your finger or a piece of gauze.     Let them chew on a cooling ring     Give your baby a teething biscuit or a piece of toast     And if all else fails, …

Getting a Beautiful, New Smile Doesn’t Have to Be So Complicated

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Oftentimes, and for many people, getting a complete smile makeover just isn’t possible. Whether they just don’t have the time, resources are tight or some other issue is holding them back, many of these people have come to the conclusion that obtaining the straight, white, confident smile they’ve always wanted is just out of the question. But it’s not! Modern dentistry is characterized by smile miracles thanks to the amazing technologies and materials we have access to. One of those materials is veneer. Veneers are just thin ceramic shells, but the results they achieve are incredible! By placing the thin casing over your existing tooth structure, we can reshape your smile, hide cracks and chips and do away with discoloring in just three visits! The smile transformations we see everyday would have been unheard of even 20 years ago, but thanks to the advancements of modern dentistry, they are possible …