How Does What I Eat Affect My Oral Health?

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Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common diseases of modern society. This is a fairly new occurrence, as ancient civilizations—and even generations as recent as 100 years ago—didn’t have nearly the prevalence rate of decay or gum disease as we do today. Studies reveal that this isn’t an accident of evolution, but rather, a fate of our own making. Our modern diet—which consists of manufactured goods and processed sugar—contributes heavily to poor oral health. By altering our diets to eliminate or reduce these foods, we can reduce our risk for oral disease exponentially. Poor nutrition takes a toll on the entire body—especially the immune system. When the immune system is attacked, you become much more susceptible to many disorders—including oral disease. Periodontal disease has an especially significant effect on the body, as the bacteria responsible for the disease is also responsible for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. …

Make the Choice To Live The Life You’ve Always Wanted

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“A new smile.” This is a phrase that many people hear and think to themselves, what does that even mean? To us at Paragon Dental, it means restoring your teeth to a healthy looking, beautiful state. A state before time wore them down, stained them, riddled them with cracks and chips, and pushed them to and fro to make way for fellow teeth. Whether or not you realize it, the appearance of your teeth greatly affects how you perceive yourself and, similarly, how others perceive you. If you’re uncomfortable with the way your smile looks, you subconsciously hide behind closed lips and a quiet demeanor. Instead of going after the things you want out of life – whether it be a new job, a promotion, a great date or just a good time in general – you sit back and watch as others take control of their lives as you …

Thank You, For Placing Your Trust In Us!

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When it comes to choosing a dentist, we know that you have a lot of choices, which is why we want to take a moment to thank you for choosing us. Whether this is your first year at our office, or you’ve been with us since before our name change in 2006, we are truly thankful that we get to celebrate this upcoming holiday season with you. At Paragon Dental, we work hard to eliminate any stigma associated with dentistry. Before we even opened our practice, we noticed that there was a fundamental distrust between dentist and patient. Because of this, it was our vision to create an environment where trust comes first. And we’ve been able to do that every day since opening our doors, thanks to patients like you. As our patients know, dentistry truly is a team effort, and without your trust and cooperation, we wouldn’t be …

So, you think it’s cute when your pooch gives your little one a smooch?

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It’s no secret that when a child and their dog grow up together, their bond becomes the stuff that movies are made of. So when they share a smooch or two, instead of reacting with disgust, parents and relatives can’t help but to go “Awww!” But is this lackadaisical response a tad inappropriate considering, you know, that we don’t ever really know where our dogs’ mouths have been? Unfortunately, many parents don’t think about the bacteria a dog’s mouth can carry, but they should! One Nebraska family learned this the hard way… When children get gum disease, it’s always much less severe than when an adult gets it. Maybe the gums become inflamed, and maybe they bleed a bit. But it certainly never gets to the point where their teeth are falling out! Yet, in Nebraska, that’s exactly what happened to one young patient—they came down with adult periodontal disease. …

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) …

Safe At-Home Tooth Whitening

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Summertime is finally here, and you know what that means? Wedding season! And if you’re the one getting married, it also means time to get ready for the big day. Which, if you’re like most brides, includes getting your teeth whitened. While we strongly suggest getting your teeth professionally whitened, if it’s just not something you can do right now, at home methods are the next best thing. However, if you are going to do your own whitening at home, there are a couple of things you should know so that you can whiten your teeth in the safest possible manner…     If you aren’t careful, whitening bleach can cause gum irritation and major tooth sensitivity.     To reduce sensitivity, choose a product that has a bleach concentration of no more than 10%.     Whitening strips that fit more securely to your teeth reduce the risk of gum irritation exponentially. …

Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid

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Just like the rest of the body, our dental health needs change as we grow. By following these helpful tips from an early age, you can have a healthy smile for life. Infants It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s oral health. Even though their teeth haven’t starting coming in yet, taking small steps now will help to ensure a life of optimum dental health. One of the most common dental health problems that babies have is Baby Bottle Decay. When a baby is left to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice, the sugars can pool in the mouth and have damaging effects including tooth decay. Even though baby teeth are not permanent, it’s important to start good habits early on. Even before those baby teeth emerge, letting your baby chew on a warm damp washcloth each night helps to keep the gums clean and …

Modern Dentistry Eases Patients’ Fears

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As children we were innocent and fearless. Fear is something we learned over the years, either from parents, friends, or television. Perhaps we had a scary experience in the dental chair and that has tarnished our current view. Whatever the reason, please understand that discomfort at the dentist is normal. That’s right, thousands of others are just like you. Imagine that! Some people squirm at the thought of someone looking closely at their teeth. For others, the fear of pain brings terror. Others fear they won’t be able to breathe and that thought terrifies them. If you are one who fears the dental experience, I want to acknowledge you. First, your fear is real. Second, there is a reason for your fear and you have the right to receive comfortable and safe dental care. In the modern age, dental comfort is your right, not luck or privilege. Now that you …