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 …

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. …

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) …

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 …

Oral Cancer Kills

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There is a silent killer among us. Oral cancer doesn’t get as much press as other forms of cancer. However, it’s responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than skin cancer, lymphatic cancer, thyroid and cervical cancer. Early detection is critical to beating this deadly disease. Only 57% of those with oral cancer will survive 5 years. Late-stage diagnosis is the primary reason for the high death rate. Oral cancer screenings are simple and should be part of every dental visit. Identifying the cancer early vastly improves survival rates. Make sure that your dentist includes an oral cancer screening at your next dental check-up. Knowledge, as they say, is power. To learn more regarding oral cancer, please read the 2014 Oral Cancer Fact Sheet: http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/pdf/OCF-Facts-2014.pdf

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

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When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? The face looking back is the first impression that you make on the world around you. Your smile is a huge part of that impression. It says so much about your self-confidence, mood, health and quality of life. As a dentist, I believe that everyone deserves a healthy and radiant smile. In fact, the best part of my job is helping folks unleash their beauty with a smile makeover. Whether your teeth are cavity-free but not as white as you’d like, or perhaps you have damaged or missing teeth – there are a variety of conservative options to improve the appearance (and functionality) of your smile. Do you love the smile you see in the mirror? If not, take a close look and figure out what your goals are. Would you feel more confident with a whiter smile? …

Join Our Circle of Trust

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As a dentist, I understand if you have a perpetual fear of coming in for a visit. Many factors can create anxiety, including fear of pain or discomfort, fear of diagnosis and a common fear of the elusive unknown. Unfortunately, the longer you waits to come in, the more potential there is for problems to start to creep up. This creates an obvious vicious circle and potential for serious health problems to arise. Finding a dentist you can trust is the first and foremost way to assure a more relaxing and stress-free appointment. When you visit Paragon Dental, there is no judgment for how long it’s been, or how serious the problems are. Together, we will find the best solution for you, while building a trusting relationship that will keep you coming back without worry. I believe that when you form a trusting relationship, whether its with an acquaintance, business …

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 …