“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 …

Dental Implants: The Better Tooth Replacement Option?

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At Paragon Dental, Inc., we believe in helping our patients achieve a strong, healthy smile so that they can live comfortably, and without the pain of tooth decay, the inconvenience of dentures, or the embarrassment of an unattractive smile. For many of our patients, that smile often comes in the form of dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? In a nutshell, dental implants are a safe alternative to crowns, dental bridges or dentures. They’re a tooth replacement, but are favored above all other options, because they look and feel just like your natural teeth. This is due to the fact that they don’t just sit on your exposed gum line, as dentures do, but rather, they “anchor” into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. Better yet, the jawbone and titanium root (for that’s what the artificial root is made of) go through a process called …

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 …

We May Be Your Dentists, But We’re Anything But Boring

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that while good oral health should be taken seriously, there’s no reason it can’t be fun too! Okay, maybe dentistry won’t ever be considered “fun” by any patient’s standards, but our friendly and lighthearted team sure does their best to make sure your first visit is comfortable, relaxing and yes, even enjoyable. At Paragon Dental, we’re all skilled, highly qualified, educated and well trained professionals—who know how to make people feel at home in a notoriously nerve-wracking environment. We know that dentistry is scary for some – an inconvenience for others – and just a necessity for most, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best to make your experience one to remember. By treating you with the same level of respect and hospitality you’d extend in your own home, you’ll forget you’re there to have your teeth worked on at all, and instead, …

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 …

How to Prevent Oral Cancer in 4 Easy Steps

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Oral cancer is a rapidly spreading disease in the U.S., with close to 37,000 Americans being diagnosed annually. The thing about this disease though is that it can be so easily prevented. In fact, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 63% of all cases can be prevented each year! That’s 22,000 cases! So, what needs to be done to reduce the number of those afflicted? Educate the masses. It’s really that simple. There are four things people can do to avoid contracting this deadly disease. They are:    Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco. It’s no secret that tobacco is the leading cause of lung, oral, larynx, stomach, uterus, cervix, colon, ovary and many other types of cancers. Combine tobacco with alcohol use (which many do) and you have created a killer duo…literally.    Limit alcohol intake. Believe it or not, but alcohol is also another huge culprit of oral …

Nightmares About Tooth Loss? They Aren’t Coming Out of Nowhere

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“I bit into an apple, and one tooth cracked. When I took the apple out of my mouth, all my other teeth started crumbling, until my mouth looked like something out of a Steven King novel.” “I was sucking on a jaw breaker – not even biting into it! – and it hit my back tooth. That tooth cracked, and next thing I know, it was hanging on by a thread.” “I bit into a piece of steak, and with the hunk of meat torn off came my tooth. Everyday, I lost just one more tooth, until I didn’t have any left.” All of these are NOT real scenarios, but they are dreams about tooth loss told to me by a few acquaintances. Tooth loss dreams are not uncommon, especially as we get older and start caring more and more about our smiles. They’re kind of like those dreams we …

Are Your Teeth “So Bad?”

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It is said that your smile is your most valuable non-monetary asset. So, if you’re smile is not its best, you may feel embarrassed or annoyed. If you are feeling self conscious and hiding your smile, it can even affect outcomes in your life. If you are feeling constrained, you may not smile as much, and others may perceive you as unfriendly, when that’s not your intent at all. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a bit insecure when they first come visit me. They think their teeth are “bad” or “ugly”. Maybe they haven’t cared for their teeth over the years like they should have. Rest assured you are not alone. Believe me, when it comes to oral health, I’ve already seen it all! There are others with teeth like yours and probably worse. I am not here to judge you; I’m here to help you. I …