“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 …

Sleeping With Dentures May Cause Pneumonia in Elderly Patients

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When you made the decision to get dentures, you did so with one thing in mind: having a whole, healthy smile again. And they’ve been able to provide that for you, to an extent. However, what you didn’t count on was the maintenance they would require. And oh boy, do dentures require a lot of maintenance! You have to brush them in a special way, use a special paste, take them out when eating certain meals, place them in just-the-right-temperature water, have them refit, etc., etc., etc… Unfortunately, dentures are difficult to care for, but at Paragon Dental, we do our best to try and educate you on everything you need to know to make your dentures last. Including keeping you up to date on all of the latest research behind the replacement tooth option. Just recently, we read an article that outlined the dangers of falling asleep with your …

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 …

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 …

Eating Habits Affect Teeth

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Do you eat sweets every chance you get or to help you get through the day? The reward of a satisfying taste is there but the downside is you are probably harming your teeth. A lot of exposure to sugary treats can lead to tooth decay so it is best to limit yourself with the amount of sweets you eat. No, we are not saying cut delicious snacks out completely but just minimize the amount of sweets you do take in every day. It’s a lot easier than you think. Eating better and making the right food choices is commonly associated with taking care of your body and overall health but also affects your oral health, which is also very important. According to http://www.mouthhealthy.org, a healthier diet should include fruits, veggies, dairy, grains, and lean proteins. If you must have your daily snacks try replacing the coffee cake with carrots …

Got Milk?

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Have you heard about MI Paste? It might just be the best thing since a glass of iced-cold milk. The MI stands for Minimally Invasive, and it’s a fabulous milk-derived phosphopeptide that binds calcium and phosphate to tooth surfaces. Those are pretty big words… really, all you need to know is that MI Paste can help strengthen your teeth, minimize cavities, reverse tooth sensitivity, repair discolorations, positively impact some cases of dry mouth, and rid your smile of those annoying white spots. For more information regarding the FAQ’s of MI Paste, visit: http://www.mi-paste.com/faq.php