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 …

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 …

E-Cigs May Be the New “Cool,” But Are They Safe?

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For decades, cigarettes have been promoted as “cool,” especially to young adults. Despite common knowledge that smoking has a negative impact on teeth and the entire body, people have continued the practice. In fact, smoking has been a part of the human lifestyle for as long as we can remember. The earliest history of smoking dates back to Central America in the 9th century. Tribes made smoking tubes from reeds and other available materials. Over the years, traditional cigarettes have been snuffed out by advertising laws, increasing taxes, and the banning of their use in public places in entire states. But marketers aren’t worried. They are moving on to a new “cool” product, the electronic cigarette, and it’s working. Young people are picking up the new habit by the multitudes. Introducing… E-Cigs Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs are a battery operated smoking device. They don’t contain tobacco, but instead they utilize …

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

MI Paste – Mystery Solved

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Are you tired of the appearance of your teeth? If so, MI Paste is a fabulous solution which can vastly improve the look and health of your smile. Specifically, MI Paste can help remove the annoying appearance of white spots and tooth discolorations. In addition, dentists recommend it as a viable treatment for some cases of sensitivity and dry mouth. While this is all great news, you may be asking more questions like: What is MI Paste? The MI stands for Minimally Invasive, and it’s a fabulous milk-derived phosphopeptide that binds calcium and phosphate to the surface of teeth. MI Paste is a water-based, sugar-free cream that is packaged in a tube like toothpaste. It’s a non-surgical solution that dentists recommend to improve the look and health of natural teeth. What Does MI Paste Do? MI Paste helps strengthen your teeth, minimize cavities, reverse tooth sensitivity, repair discolorations, positively impact …

Dangers of Grinding Your Teeth

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You’re probably familiar with the stories of people grinding their teeth in their sleep, but do you ever wonder if you might be doing it too? Since it happens while you sleep you have no control over it and if you sleep alone you may have no way of finding out whether you do it or not. One way you can find out if this is happening to you is you may constantly wake up with a headache or a sore jaw. The other way to find out is to have your dentist check for signs of teeth grinding. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism and it can be a serious problem if it goes untreated. You may have heard that grinding your teeth down to stubs is only a myth, but it actually can happen in severe cases. What most people don’t know is that it can …

Periodontal Disease – Silent but Dangerous

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A dangerous dental disease is one that you cannot detect right away. I am sure you hear this a lot, but prevention is always the right route to take. It’s easy for life to become full or certain circumstances to get in the way of taking proper care of your dental health but nonetheless, it is extremely important if you want to avoid potential health dangers and high dentist bills. So what is this silent disease you may ask? One oral disease you may be familiar with is Gingivitis, which is treatable at a low cost if you catch it at the right time. However, letting something like this go without being treated can lead to what is called Periodontal Disease and that’s when things can get messy. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The early stages of periodontitis begin with Gingivitis. When this goes …