When you come to the dentist for a cleaning or dental treatment, you may notice a member of our team holding a little suction device in your mouth. This device is helpful in removing excess saliva. Saliva, also known as spit, is necessary for maintaining your oral health. The main role of saliva is to help remove lingering food and bacteria from your mouth after you eat and drink. Saliva is mainly composed of water, but it does contain high levels of calcium and fluoride to help protect tooth enamel.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we are passionate about our patients receiving regular oral hygiene examinations. During these appointments, we are able to spot any problem areas in the mouth and recommend immediate treatment. Unfortunately, when problems with your oral health, such as gum disease, are left to progress and worsen, your teeth and mouth are not the only areas of your body that can be affected. One area of your body in particular that can be negatively affected by oral health issues is your heart.
November is when we celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with loved ones, and it is also the month we recognize Mouth Cancer Awareness. This month is dedicated to the knowledge and awareness of oral and mouth cancers. Mouth cancer is any cancer cells found on the lips, tongue, cheek, and gums. We stress the importance of routine oral care not only to look for decay, but also because we check for signs of mouth cancer during your appointment.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we are always welcoming new patients. We have been proudly serving the community of Bowie, MD since 1991. During this time, we have built a reputation of trust and excellence in the community. We are dedicated to our patients and provide high-quality care. We use the latest technology and the most advanced techniques to restore and improve the function and appearance of your teeth and smile.
Dealing with tooth loss can be an emotional experience. A person may lose a tooth for any number of reasons, such as severe tooth decay, trauma to the mouth, or gum disease. It can also be challenging if the tooth loss was unexpected and sudden, as we all know an accident can happen at any time. Regardless of the reason for your tooth loss, we are here to help you every step of the way. No matter the location of your missing tooth, it is important to replace it as soon as you are able. Missing teeth can lead to serious complications with your oral health. Continue reading to learn more.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we believe that every patient deserves the highest level of care, no matter the state of their oral health. There is no judgment here — only compassion. We value your health and will do anything we can to make you feel welcome and comfortable while you’re with us. We strive to treat all of our patients like family, so their opinions are important to us. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of our patients to hear their thoughts and receive feedback about the practice. We encourage you to click the link to view the video and hear what they have to say.
We cannot believe that September has arrived! We hope that you had an amazing summer! Even though summer doesn’t technically end for another few weeks, the unofficial end of summer arrives around Labor Day. Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. If you have not visited our office within the past six months for an oral hygiene examination and cleaning, now is the time to schedule an appointment. You would be surprised at the effect your summer snacking and sweets can have on your oral health. Read on to learn about the importance of routine dental care, especially after the summer.
At Vargas Dental Associates, your comfort and well-being matter to us. Dr. Vargas and his team have a unique opportunity to create a family environment while providing the very best in dental care and services to our patients. We want to help bring out the best in your smile. We encourage you to learn more about our practice and hear thoughts from our team and our beloved patients — click here to watch a short video and learn more about what makes our practice special and different from the rest.
When you visit our office for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning, we check your teeth for specific problems that can affect your oral health. Of course, we thoroughly clean your teeth, but we are looking to see if there is a buildup of plaque and bacteria that would indicate your teeth aren’t getting as clean as they should be. We also look for signs of decay, also known as cavities. Many people are aware of the term “cavity”, but do you really understand what it means and how it is caused? Read on to learn more about cavities and what can happen if they are not treated.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we continuously stress the importance of caring for your oral health. While routine care in our office is extremely important, caring for your teeth during the rest of the year is just as important. We know that sometimes your oral hygiene routine might be a little lax, especially after a long day, but we want to stress the importance of caring for your teeth properly each and every day. It will save you a lot of money in the end when you do not need additional dental care. Here are some helpful tips: