“I’ve Never Seen a Smiling Face that Was Not Beautiful”

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Somebody once said that every smile makes you a day younger. At Paragon Dental, our purpose in life is to make you smile, which is why we believe that dentistry should be a warm, comfortable and yes – enjoyable – experience. Nobody should live a life where they’re too afraid to smile – nobody should feel too ashamed of their one feature that brings so many people joy – and nobody should be too afraid to go after that beautiful, sparkling symbol of youth. At Paragon Dental, we make it easy for you to achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted. Our team does everything possible to help you feel comfortable and relaxed—including educating you on what’s to be done and walking you through your entire procedure—because we understand how important a beautiful smile is, and we don’t want anyone feeling too uncomfortable – too anxious – or too afraid …

Dentures Speed Up Bone Loss and Cause Other Serious Challenges

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Once upon a time, dentures were worn solely to improve the appearance of a toothless smile. While they were made to be durable and attractive, functionality was of little concern, and they were often removed before eating. Today, however, dentures are both attractive and functional; but does that mean they’re a good tooth replacement option? Bone Loss, Aged Appearance, Decreased Health & Social Embarrassment Even today, dentures pose a number of challenges to the wearer. The most common problem is an unstable fit, which is due to the inevitable decline of the jawbone’s foundation. We say inevitable because, without the stimulation of tooth roots in the jawbone, bone loss occurs. And once the process of bone loss begins, it doesn’t stop. In fact, it only speeds up with the continued pressure of the dentures on the gum line. For those who sleep in their dentures, the rate of bone loss …

8 Health Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene On Your Overall Health

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We’re told all of our lives to “brush and floss” and to take care of our teeth if we want to keep them forever, but it’s only recently that we’re beginning to understand just how important caring for our teeth actually is. Doctors and dentists alike are starting to view the mouth as the “gateway to the body,” as bacteria from the teeth and gums can negatively affect your overall health in more ways than one… Here are 8 KNOWN links between oral and overall health that you might want to consider next time you think about skipping brushing, flossing or your next dental appointment:    Heart Disease/Stroke: The link between heart disease/stroke and poor oral health is one of the strongest links dental researchers have pinpointed to date. According to numerous studies, people with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing than those …

The Dangers of a Dental Abscess and How to Prevent Them

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A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that gathers inside the teeth or gums. They occur when proper oral hygiene is neglected, and when plaque is allowed to accumulate inside the tooth or gums. This results in a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the teeth. While a fairly common occurrence, left untreated, a tooth abscess can be extremely dangerous, and even life threatening. In 2007, one 12 year old boy in Maryland died because the infection caused by a tooth abscess spread to his brain. While his case in particular drew widespread media attention, studies show that deaths from these preventable infections aren’t as uncommon as we once thought. The number of Americans hospitalized because of tooth abscesses is on the rise, and likewise, so are the number of deaths. According to the statistics, the number of people hospitalized …

Ghosts and Goblins, Candy and…Cavities? How to Prevent Them This Year

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Where has the time gone? It seems as if we were just ringing in the new year, and now fall is already upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. And while we love the ghoulish holiday as much as the next person, as dentists, we worry about all that free candy kids across the U.S. are going to be getting on Halloween night. With pillowcases full of Dum-Dums and Smarties, Tootsie Pops and Milk-Duds, we feel a need to remind parents that, while candy can be fun, it presents a number of health and safety challenges their children wouldn’t face otherwise. We’re not here to take the fun out of trick-or-treating, but what kind of dentists would we be if we didn’t provide you with a few ways to keep your children’s teeth healthy and smiles beautiful during the holiday season? Not very good ones. So, here are …

Not Just Another Post About The Effects of Smoking On Your Health…

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You already know that smoking is bad for your health – we won’t insult you by reiterating the point again. However, we hope that if we can appeal to your vanities, quitting may be more appealing to you… Here are a few unattractive qualities that we tend to see in most of our smoking patients:      Discolored teeth      Bad breath      Increased buildup of plaque and tartar      Increased bone loss      Increased risk of tooth loss      Lower success rate of dental implants once all those teeth fall out But if cosmetics aren’t that big of a deal for you, think about these not so pleasant side effects of your habit:      Inflammation of the salivary glands, causing openings in the roof of the mouth      Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches in the mouth (both aesthetically concerning and a health hazard)      Increased risk of gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss)      Delayed healing …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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There’s nothing worse than coming in from a freezing wintery day, looking forward to a mug of delicious hot chocolate, and suddenly getting a shooting pain in your teeth at the first sip. Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for many people, and is usually caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Typically, a loss of tooth enamel or gum recession is the culprit, so the older you get, the more prone you are. Knowing what causes this can help to either avoid tooth sensitivity, or prevent it from getting worse so you can drink that coco happily. Several reasons can cause exposure to the dentin (the layer that surrounds the nerve). –       Improper brushing, such as brushing too hard or too often –       Acidic beverages (coffee, soda, juice etc) –       Tooth grinding –       A chipped or fractured tooth Seeing a dental professional …

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 …

Dental Phobias

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If you are afraid to go to the dentist you are not alone. Some people base their fear off of different things like having a bad experience or having a really intense procedure done that involved a lot of pain. Whatever the case, you just can’t bring yourself to cross that line. You keep putting off going to the dentist even though you know you have to have some work done. Does this sound familiar to you? Dental anxiety is actually a lot more common than you might think and the reason it’s so common is because it can come from a lot of different sources. Maybe you’re embarrassed for a dentist to look at your teeth because you think they are in bad shape. Maybe just the sound of that dental drill gets under your skin. These are just a couple of the most common fears people have about …

Overcoming Dental Insurance Confusion

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One of the most common reasons for people to put off coming to the dentist is that they don’t understand what their insurance will cover. We understand your concern and are happy to help make sense of your policy. While insurance is there to help, it rarely covers everything. Deductibles and various coverage aspects vary by company… and one company may have hundreds of plans. Read your policy and find out what is covered. Some plans cover as much as 2 cleanings per year, while others cover a certain percent of any procedure. Feel free to bring your policy in and we’ll do our best to help you make sense out of it. Don’t let insurance dictate your treatment. Insurance rarely covers everything needed for optimum oral health. Consider the cost of maintenance on your teeth as an investment in your well-being. In situations where insurance won’t cover the full …