A Quick Shout Out To Say Thank You, Modern Dental Technology

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At Paragon Dental, we are thankful for so much: you, our amazing team members, pumpkin pie, the golden leaves of fall and the many advancements in dental technology. And while we assume our patients are thankful for the first four too, we know they’re thankful for the last. We don’t need to tell you about how far along modern technology has come in the past couple of decades, but we can’t help but to brag about the advancements in dental technology, especially since these advancements have made it far easier to care for our patients in a comfortable, safe and pain-free manner. At Paragon Dental, building trust with each of our patients is fundamental in achieving the desired results, and these new technologies help to establish that trust by helping us be the caring, compassionate and skilled dental team we know we can be. For those of you who aren’t …

What’s Mine is Yours—Including My Cavities

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It’s common practice for parents to taste their baby’s food before feeding it to them, but has this practice contributed to more cavities than necessary? We think so. Early Childhood Caries – or ECC for short – is one of the most common childhood diseases. It’s a serious health problem, and is characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants or young children. Fortunately, it is easily prevented. Unfortunately, too many people don’t know about ECC and so don’t take proper precautionary measures to do so. ECC is generally a consequence of parents and/or guardians tasting a baby’s food and/or letting that baby put their fingers into the parent’s or guardian’s mouth. If ECC is not treated early on, it can cause severe pain and swelling in the mouth, face and neck. In extreme instances, operations are the only way to stop the baby’s dental pain and suffering. There …

What You Need to Now About Canker Sores

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So, you have a sore inside of your mouth that’s making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Even when your mouth is relaxed, it’s painful – with a tingling or burning sensation always reminding you that “hey, I’m here!” When you check out the pesky bugger in the mirror, you see that it’s a round, white-ish/grey-ish sore ringed with red. Your first thought: you have an abscess in your mouth. Don’t worry – it’s nothing that serious! What you are experiencing is a little something called a canker sore. Canker sores are annoying, yes, but they’re not dangerous. The most harm they can cause is maybe a slight fever and swollen lymph nodes. While they seem to last forever, in actuality, they only last for a week or two. And that’s without treatment. Why Do Canker Sores Happen? The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but there is a strong correlation …

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Thumb-Sucking

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Thumb-sucking is a natural habit for infants and toddlers – so natural, in fact, that it oftentimes begins in the womb. However, it’s also natural for parents to worry about the effect it will have on their child’s smile, and in many instances, their future “social life.” While most parents know that thumb-sucking can cause damage past a certain age, what many don’t know is at what age thumb-sucking becomes detrimental to the formation of the teeth, or what kind of lasting damage can occur if not stopped in time. It’s important that parents recognize when it’s time to put an end to the thumb-sucking , and that they have a clear idea as to how to do so in the most natural way possible. That’s exactly what this blog post is meant to do: to help you determine when your child is ready to stop the habit, and how …

Protect Your (and Your Child’s!) Smile with This Underused Tool

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 600,000 individuals end up in the ER each year because of sports injuries. Of those 600,000, up to 200,000 can be prevented with one simple tool: the mouth guard. Yet, even with these high numbers, only 55% of Americans report that they or their child wears a mouth guard to both practice and games, while a startlingly low 22% wears them at games only. Dental injuries are the most common type of sport injury, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety… An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer from an orofacial injury when they’re not wearing a mouth guard. And, unfortunately, these injuries are hardly ever of the minor variety. Oftentimes injuries to the face result in permanent damage to the entire facial structure and can require extensive amounts of medical attention. In fact, just …

How to Ease Your Child’s Discomfort During Teething

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In the parenting world, this is almost like a bad word, as it wreaks of non-stop crying, long days and even longer nights. The only thing keeping parents from losing their heads entirely through this tough growth period is the fact that their children are suffering far more than them. While there isn’t much you can do to ease your baby’s discomfort while they’re going through this painful process, you’re not completely helpless… To ease your child’s discomfort – even if it is only temporarily – there are a few tricks that I’ve learned myself as a parent, and that other parents have shared with me. They are:     Lightly rub numbing gel across their gums with your finger or a piece of gauze.     Let them chew on a cooling ring     Give your baby a teething biscuit or a piece of toast     And if all else fails, …

To Bridge or Implant: What’s the Difference?

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For anyone who has lost or broken a tooth, you know how anxiety inducing this can be. Our smile is usually the first thing people notice about us, and when there are obvious gaps or chips, it can create embarrassment. In the past, one of the only permanent choices was getting a dental bridge. Today though, you can also replace missing teeth with dental implants, also known as prosthodontics. Both have wonderful aesthetic benefits for the patient and have made great improvements over the years. Deciding which procedure is best for you usually depends on candidacy and overall oral health. What is a bridge? A bridge is technically an oral prosthesis that is permanently attached to surrounding natural teeth. It’s called a bridge, because it bridges the space from the missing tooth, between two or more natural teeth. The procedure is simple. First, any remainder of the broken or missing …

Proper Dental Care Extends the Life of Teeth

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Over the years, our teeth take a constant beating. Day-in and day-out, meal after meal, they munch, crunch and bite their way through nutrition and snacking. For some, teeth are also a handy tool for removing tags, opening soda bottles, chewing on ice and holding items when hands are full. (Of course, none of our patients would use their teeth for such purposes!) No matter how we treat them, the wear and tear will take its toll over time. It’s important to follow proper oral hygiene recommendations like brushing twice per day, flossing daily and avoiding sweet and starchy foods as much as possible. In addition, for those who grind their teeth, a mouth guard is recommended at night to help minimize damage. For more information regarding how to offset natural wear and tear on the teeth, read this informative WebMD article: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-smile-10/teeth-gums-age

Toothbrush Rumble: Which Will Win – Manual or Electric?

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It’s easy to automatically assume that just because something is electronic, it’s better than its non-battery powered counterpart. For example, many people would agree that they like driving an automatic car instead of a manual, because it’s easier or more efficient. However, if you find yourself in the dental care aisle and feeling a bit confused, here’s a little bit of info to help ease the decision making process. Both the manual and electric toothbrush have their advantages. A manual toothbrush will always get the job done. According to John Ictech-Cassis, DDS, DMD, “The idea of a toothbrush is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Most toothbrushes will keep the teeth clean if you know how to use them.” With a manual toothbrush, you’re also able to gauge how much pressure you apply, so you don’t irritate the gums. As long as you brush twice a day for …

Wait! Don’t Toss That Cash!

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You would never just toss a wad of cash into a wastebasket. That would be irresponsible and reckless. Well, the end of the year is coming… make sure that you are taking full advantage of your Flexible Spending Account. Otherwise, that hard-earned money that you’ve been saving for a rainy day may be lost. Take a few minutes TODAY to check on your Flexible Spending Account balance. And, if you have funds in the account, you still have time to use them before they are lost. Scheduling that dental appointment you’ve been putting off is a great use of those funds. Your oral health is the gateway to overall health. There can be dangerous bacteria lurking that is making its way throughout your system. Your dentist can ensure that you approach the holidays (and new year) with a clean bill of oral health. Don’t toss that cash! For more information …