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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Investing in Your Greatest Asset, Your Teeth

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When you catch cold, or break a leg, you can take medication or allow time for the body to heal itself. That’s one aspect that makes oral health different. Unlike other physical ailments, that cavity in your tooth isn’t going to repair itself. If left unattended, it will get worse. That missing or decaying tooth will not grow a replacement or mend itself. I think we can all agree that dental problems, if left alone, will only deteriorate more. On the other hand, it is common knowledge that dental care can be expensive. Have you ever felt pressure to forego much needed dental work or preventative work because of the cost? Here is an issue many people face: the work is expensive, but it is necessary. Some people avoid the dentist entirely, thinking they cannot afford it, especially if they don’t have dental insurance. At Paragon Dental, we keep costs …

Benefits of New Technology

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Our patients are important to us, which is why we use the latest technology in our practice. As technology advances we are able to provide excellent care for our patients and give them great results. We are able to have a more in-depth analysis which allows us to provide more accurate information and treatments. Digital x-rays are on the rise, becoming more standard, and it doesn’t take long to understand why. With digital x-rays, dentists are able to load them into an imaging program where they can make detailed analysis of the teeth and surrounding structures. This is what makes their informed decisions accurate. Also, digital x-rays let off 80% less radiation than standard x-rays as they were designed with the patient’s benefits in mind. We also have great diagnostic tools like the Intraoral Camera and the diagnodent that we use to detect dental problems. One of the benefits of …

Parenting Healthy Kids

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Raising a family is one of the most rewarding (and challenging) things we’ll ever do in our lives. From the time the pregnancy test indicator says “YES” our lives are forever changed. Big milestones include: first detection of heartbeat; flutters and kicks in utero; day of their arrival; sleeping through the night; crawling; talking; preschool; first play date; sports teams; first sassy talk; friend drama; school plays; newfound passion for art (or sports…or dance)… The list goes on and on. In the midst of all the important milestones, parents are also very concerned about their child’s health. Oral care is an important part of overall health. As parents, our kids rely on us to teach them safe and healthy habits. As soon as babies have teeth, it’s time to introduce them to the concept of brushing. Even if they are too young to use toothpaste, a small soft bristled brush …

It IS Possible To Control Tartar Buildup!

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It’s a familiar word that we all hear about at a very young age. That word is tartar. I am sure many people remember hearing about if from your parents or have watched videos about dental health in elementary school. Brushing and flossing regularly helps prevent tartar build up but why is it so important to do so? Our mouths have bacteria that causes plaque to form on our teeth. Regardless of how well we take care of our teeth, plaque will still form and brushing and flossing helps reduce the chances of it turning into a more serious problem. If plaque is left on our teeth, even after 26 hours, it can harden into tartar which is a lot more difficult to get rid of than plaque. In fact, once tartar has formed only a dentist will be able to remove it from your teeth completely. Tartar can make …

Keeping Your Smile Bright

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The seasons are changing and the holidays are approaching. In fact, they will be here before you know it. You know what that means, right? Family, family, and more family. Whether you celebrate small or big, families always come together during the holidays to celebrate with parties and delicious food. Do you know what else this means? Lots and lots of photos. Aside from that one family member that loves snapping photos you may be preparing yourself for those annual holiday postcards with an updated photo of your family. With lots of photos comes lots of smiles. Regardless if you plan on taking many pictures for the family album or mailing a holiday photo out to all your family and friends, you want to make sure you have the best smile you can offer. So why not treat your teeth to some whitening? The things we eat, smoking, and drinking …