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 …

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 …

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 …

The True Cost of Dental Work- It’s Up To You

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Dental care has the reputation of being expensive. In fact, many people avoid the dentist entirely, thinking they cannot afford it, especially if they don’t have dental insurance. I’d like to encourage you to take a different view. You see, the simple fact is that dental problems are not like some other health issues. If you have a cold or a torn muscle, the body can heal itself very effectively. You just need to give it time. But dental problems do not go away. They do not self-correct. They only get worse. So, you may feel it’s your best choice to forgo much needed dental work or even preventative work because of the cost. However, in the long run you end up spending much more because you didn’t deal with the issue and it becomes worse and now the cost to fix it is even higher. Fear of Dental Costs …

The Advantages of Dental Implants: Are They Right For You?

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We’ve come a long way in the field of dentistry since it’s early beginnings. In the past, dentistry only concerned itself with removing teeth, not with replacing them. Even the rich and powerful had gaps in their smile. False teeth or dentures were carved by hand and then tied in the wearer’s mouth with silk thread. They weren’t fastened very securely, so they were likely to embarrassingly pop out in the middle of dinner or conversation. Fortunately, we now have a way more advanced solution for the 140 millions adults in the United States who live with missing teeth. Dental implants are safe, resilient and sturdy. Best of all, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the implants and the wearer’s real teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t impede your ability to laugh, talk or eat normally. Ill-fitting dentures and lose bridges can cause discomfort, pain and can even …