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Why Should I Floss My Teeth? May 18th, 2018

Flossing is very important. In fact, it’s so important that our dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas, strongly recommends flossing at least once a day. Flossing can benefit you, your smile and your oral health in many ways. To help you better understand why you should floss, our dentist is happy...

Oral Health Care Plans: Endodontics Apr 25th, 2018

If for any reason you suffer an oral accident or injury, or any part of your tooth becomes exposed to dental damage, it is important to make sure that it is repaired immediately. If not, the inner workings of a tooth can be damaged. If bacteria seep into a tooth...

Restore a Tooth in a Single Visit With CEREC Apr 5th, 2018

If you have developed significant tooth damage that needs to be repaired with a dental restoration, we invite you to consider CEREC dental crowns provided by Dr. Lida M. Vargas. Not only can CEREC technology effective repair tooth damage, it can create beautiful and functional results to restore your smile...

Knowledge Foundation: Dental Erosion Prevention Mar 30th, 2018

The explosion of dental erosion in our society is linked to several causes. However, none is bigger than your diets. Within our diets, we are finding ourselves bombarded with several substances that can increase our risk for several oral health ailments. Not only are these products affecting our waistline, but...

Some Cosmetic Restorations Call for a Porcelain Dental Crown Mar 27th, 2018

A single misshapen or a discolored tooth that appears when you smile can certainly leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. At the same time, a chip with a noticeable, old filling or fractured tooth enamel can also be cosmetically unappealing. Fortunately, Virginia Dental Group’s dentist is well versed in...

Wisdom Teeth Removal 101 Feb 28th, 2018

What do you know about your wisdom teeth? Do you know why they are recommended for removal in most cases? Our dentists, Drs. Lida Vargas, Santiago Rueda, and Taeheon Kang with Virginia Dental Group in Fairfax, Virginia, are happy to give you a crash course on wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom...

Dental Facts and Findings on Teeth Whitening Treatments Feb 21st, 2018

Building your best smile often includes having whiter teeth. In our society, success is often linked to a bright and healthy smile, and in some cases, poor oral hygiene can often be considered a factor in hurting a person’s chance for success. To enhance your smile, speak with your dentist...

Dental Facts on Dental Veneers Jan 20th, 2018

Numerous tooth restoration treatment exists that can be customized and crafted for each individual smile. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be crafted and customized to each tooth, one highly effective treatment to consider is dental veneers. Dental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers...

Discover Your Dream Smile with Dentures Jan 13th, 2018

Have you ever suffered any missing or lost teeth? Do you have any gaps in your mouth that are the result of tooth extractions in the past, or are you set for tooth extractions in the future? If so, now is a good time to think about tooth replacement procedures...

Shield Your Teeth Against Tooth Decay With Fluoride Treatment Dec 29th, 2017

Maintaining your healthy teeth begins with caring for the mineral density and strength of your tooth enamel. However, a combination of poor or inconsistent oral hygiene habits and the consumption of acid from foods and drinks can reduce these dental mineral and create microscopic textures in the enamel that can...

Oral Hygiene and Your Holiday Nov 29th, 2017

Sometimes it feels like the holidays are chock-full of treats and snacking. This makes it even more important to keep up on the basics of oral hygiene. Brush:The American Dental Association advises that you brush your teeth for 2 full minutes, twice a day. Use short, tooth-wide strokes, back and...

Dry Mouth: The Details You Need to Know Nov 22nd, 2017

Do you think you suffer from dry mouth? If so, you continually fail to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Now, if your dry mouth comes and goes, you don’t suffer from xerostomia, which is another name for the condition dry mouth. Unfortunately, there are many things that...

An Overview of Oral Thrush Oct 25th, 2017

Do you have white incisions or a rash on your tongue and/or the walls of your cheeks? Are they raised and do they look at all like cottage cheese? If so, you may have an ailment referred to as oral thrush or oral candidiasis. This infection is caused by the...

Protecting Your Gums Oct 24th, 2017

If you suffer from gum disease, you are at risk for loose teeth, receding gums, and jaw problems. But gum disease can have complications that range beyond your mouth. If you inhale enough bacteria from your gum disease, you could in time develop a respiratory infection. If you have diabetes,...

Oral Health Care Facts Blog: Dental Implants Oct 21st, 2017

Dental implant procedures come with a level of durability that is truly remarkable. Although a strong jaw is required for dental implants, the rewards for experiencing the lasting quality of implants include durability and long lasting comfort. It’s never too late to think about what dental implants can do for...

A Fluoride Treatment Can Help Prevent Cavities and Tooth Sensitivity Symptoms Sep 20th, 2017

Your tooth enamel is composed of a dense collection of microscopic mineral crystals that create a porous surface on your teeth. If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits it can cause plaque acids to increase in your mouth. As this continues to occur it can gradually demineralize your...

Tooth Hazards We See Often Sep 17th, 2017

Protecting your pearly whites from accidents is an imperative at Virginia Dental Group, and we know that you’re not always going to be in our office. That’s why we, along with Dr. Lida M. Vargas, have assembled a list of tooth hazards for your benefit. Read over this list and...

You Smile’s Appearance Can Be Enhanced with Porcelain Dental Veneers Aug 16th, 2017

A smile marred by cosmetic and minor physical imperfections can hamper your self-confidence and cause you to alter some of your facial expressions. Rather than learning to cope with an unappealing smile you should consider scheduling a cosmetic restoration consultation with Dr. Lida M. Vargas. In some cases, the most...

Are You Informed about Mouthwash? Aug 12th, 2017

Are you informed about mouthwash? Are you aware that mouthwash does not have a singular defining feature for your oral health care, and instead it can vastly differ in the services each product can provide for your smile? Although many mouthwash products claim to freshen breath and destroy bacteria, there...

Create an Improved Oral Health Identity with Tooth Extractions Jul 14th, 2017

Saving your smile after a tooth extraction is essential to ensure your mouth has the proper chance to rebuild. Although a tooth extraction may not seem like a rigorous procedure, nonetheless, your gums still need time to heal to prevent infections and delays in recovery time. Create an improved oral...

Wisdom Teeth Jun 30th, 2017

Wisdom teeth, unfortunately have nothing to do with wisdom. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they usually come in later in life, often during a person’s late teens or early twenties. Sometimes they are referred to as “third molars.” Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed. If they are...

Flossing Can Improve Your Oral Health May 31st, 2017

Flossing is an important step in your oral health care that often goes overlooked. Did you know, flossing can improve your oral health? Well, it’s true! Here at Virginia Dental Group in Fairfax, Virginia, our team cares about your oral health, which is why we are happy to talk to...

A Lost Tooth Can Often Be Replaced with a Piece of Bridgework May 25th, 2017

Tooth loss is always a cause for concern. Not only can it impair your ability to chew food and alter your appearance, the void left in your mouth can slowly start to alter the alignment of the surrounding teeth. As time goes by this could cause a poor relationship with...

Frequently Asked Questions About Fluoride May 21st, 2017

Do you have questions about fluoride? If so, you’re not alone. Many people think of fluoride and get confused or even overwhelmed. To help you learn more about fluoride, Dr. Lida M. Vargas and our dental team will be happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions about...

Sugarless Gum Is a Proven Cavity Crime-Fighter Apr 26th, 2017

Sugarless gum is a proven cavity crime-fighter. According to many studies which have been done, chewing sugarless gum for roughly 20 minutes after eating can help shield your tooth enamel. The effect is due to an increase in saliva production, which can wash away plaque buildup, neutralize harmful acids, and...

What Are CEREC® Crowns and How Do They Improve Your Smile? Apr 12th, 2017

What are CEREC® crowns and how do they improve your smile? Did you know that CEREC dental crowns can be milled at your dentist office instead of being sent off to a lab while you wait for weeks on end for your dental crown? Oftentimes with dental crowns, their need...

When Should You Switch from Dental Floss to a Water Flosser? Mar 23rd, 2017

A water flosser is a wonderful tool to use to improve your oral health care. Not only are they easy to use, but they are easy on your joints and muscles, and can be effective for individuals of all ages. If you struggle to lift or move your arms or...

The Best Way to Strengthen Your Teeth is With Fluoride Mar 16th, 2017

Do you want to maintain a strong and successful oral health, preventing every dental issue in the world today? If so, fluoride is your new best friend. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in things like food and water. However, there are times when you might not...

Defeat Cavities with Composites Feb 17th, 2017

Composite resin-based fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, are extremely durable and resistant to damage from cracks or fracture for small to medium-sized fillings. Even under the constant barrage of stress from chewing food, composites can last for many years to come. Don’t lose the battle to cavities without giving composite...

How to Help Your Tooth Sensitivity Feb 13th, 2017

Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you ever worry that eating your favorite food could be painful? Do you ever feel like you’re just guessing on which foods and drinks might hurt your teeth? Luckily, there are several things you could do to avoid the discomfort caused by sensitive teeth....

A Loose Crown Needs Immediate Attention and Treatment Jan 20th, 2017

Dr. Lida M. Vargas secured your dental crown in place using a very strong dental adhesive. This is meant to give the tooth the strength to bite, chew and grind hard foods. While it is rare, there are still times when a blow to the face or complications from gum...

Dry Socket: How to Avoid It Jan 13th, 2017

You probably know that our team will do what we can to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are instances that extracting, or removing a tooth, is the best option for your oral health. Of course, there are options for replacing a missing tooth, but did you know that if...

A Tooth Can Be Fractured by Athletic Dental Trauma Dec 30th, 2016

Many schools and athletic associations recognize the potential oral trauma threat posed by contact sports and certain rigorous activities. This includes sports like hockey, football, and various pugilistic contests. To help students and participants protect their mouth from oral trauma, many organizations require the use of a quality, protective mouth...

Dream of a Flawless Smile? Find Out How to Get One Here! Dec 19th, 2016

Let’s face it, there are thousands of people who feel self-conscious about their smile. That is why we are happy to tell you about the benefits of dental veneers, and how they can boost your smile and raise your self-esteem! Dental veneers are popular because of the flawless results and...

A Toothache Needs Immediate Treatment to Prevent Serious Complications Dec 7th, 2016

Pain emanating within a tooth or gums should always be taken as a serious cause for concern. A toothache of this magnitude is always a sign of a more serious problem arising in your mouth. Timely treatment at Virginia Dental Group can prevent further complications. In many cases, a toothache...

An Injured Lip Might Need Timely First Aid Nov 18th, 2016

Accidentally biting the edge of your lip while chewing gum or eating food can be a serious annoyance, but it rarely causes enough damage to warrant treatment. However, there are rare instances when an accident, blow to the face or sports injury can result in a significant lip injury. In...

Fractured Tooth Enamel Might Need to Be Replaced by a Dental Crown Nov 11th, 2016

Your tooth enamel is designed to be hard enough to allow you to bite, chew and grind hard foods. However, there are some instances when a blow to the face or something as mundane as grinding your teeth can cause a fracture in the tooth enamel. When this happens, the...

Invisible Braces vs Traditional Orthopedic Braces Oct 20th, 2016

The battle between invisible braces versus traditional wire braces is as old as braces themselves. For most of dental history, most people preferred to have invisible braces, compared to some of the big bulky ones of the past. Sadly, technology could not produce a viable substitute. However, thanks to advances...

Why you Need an Electric Toothbrush Oct 14th, 2016

They’re more expensive than a normal toothbrush, but electric toothbrushes are the best investment you can make for your at-home oral health. They clean in a very similar fashion to the brushes our team here at Virginia Dental Group in Fairfax, Virginia uses, and since they last longer than a...

Bad Breath? Mouthwash Can Help! Sep 27th, 2016

As you may know, some very popular foods could lead to problems with your breath. For that reason—along with a few others—many people use mints and chewing gum to freshen their breath. While these are useful options, they only mask bad breath without addressing the root of the problem. In...

Fillings Are Commonly Used to Repair a Cavity That Forms in the Tooth Enamel Aug 24th, 2016

There are times when even the most consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine isn’t sufficient to stop a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. If you notice a change in texture, experience pain or new sensitivity issues in a tooth, you should not delay in having it...

Are You Missing a Tooth? We Can Help! Aug 2nd, 2016

Losing a tooth because of trauma or decay can be an uncomfortable experience, but did you know it can actually be detrimental to your health? Unfortunately, this can lead to a number of oral problems and have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Naturally, you should have your tooth replaced...

How to Keep Tooth Decay at Bay Jul 18th, 2016

Tooth decay is one of the nation’s leading causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay is caused by cavities, which occur when bacteria in your mouth produce an acid that destroys your enamel and dentin, the layer directly beneath the enamel in your teeth. So what are some ways you can...

Warning Signs of Gum Disease Jun 16th, 2016

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a very serious medical condition affecting millions of Americans every year. Sadly, it’s also incredibly preventable, even if you’re genetically predisposed to contracting gum disease. So in an effort to help stem the tide of gum disease, we want to take a few minutes and...

How to Care for an Extraction Site After a Tooth Has Been Pulled May 27th, 2016

The recovery process is extremely important when it comes to dental treatment, especially tooth extraction. So, if you’ve had a tooth extracted, the next best thing you can do is properly recover by using the following tips provided by your dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas: -Keep the pain and swelling...

Let Our Porcelain Veneers Correct Your Smile Imperfections May 13th, 2016

At Virginia Dental Group, Drs. Vargas, Rueda, and Kang use CEREC® technology to provide porcelain dental veneers in just one visit for our patients in Fairfax, Virginia and the surrounding areas. Porcelain veneers are a quick, pleasing and safe fix for front teeth which may be less attractive than you...

Basic Considerations for Cleaning and Maintaining Your New Denture Anchors Apr 28th, 2016

When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene, they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now dental implants can be used also be used to create multiple anchor points...

The ADA Pledge Mar 29th, 2016

Drs. Vargas, Rueda, and Kang are proud to be members of the American Dental Association. Our patients truly appreciate the patient-first promise that they and other ADA dentists made as part of the association’s code of ethics. When a dentist joins the ADA, he or she makes five pledges in...

Why Routine Dental Checkups Are Important Mar 11th, 2016

Having regular dental appointments is important for your oral health. We suggest that patients come in for a checkup at least twice a year. Our dentists will examine your unique smile and determine your unique needs. Depending on your oral health, you may need to visit our office more often....

Why You Should Get a Regular Dental Cleaning Feb 22nd, 2016

If you are one who thinks dental cleanings are unnecessary and a waste of time, our Virginia Dental Group team is happy to tell you that you are extremely off base. Dental cleanings are vital if you want a strong and healthy smile for a lifetime. There are many reasons...

How to Use Mouthwash in Your Oral Hygiene Routine Feb 5th, 2016

A mouthwash to round out your daily brushing and flossing routine can help freshen breath, fight gum disease and ward off cavities. While cosmetic rinses help your breath smell fresh, they don’t address the root of the problem like antibacterial rinses do. Antibacterial mouthwashes go to the heart of bad...

How Your Wisdom Teeth Impact You Jan 25th, 2016

A healthy mouth starts with your teeth and gums. All your teeth, including the ones in the back which are never seen, are vital for good oral health, even your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to come forth. These final set of molars show up...

The Instructions on How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction Jan 12th, 2016

The best way to have a smooth and trouble-free appointment is by preparing for it. If you do the following things, you will restore your oral health in an organized and trouble-free way: Confirm your plansThe worst thing you can do on the day of your appointment is be late,...

A Toothache is Often a Sign of a Serious Problem in your Mouth Dec 21st, 2015

A pain in the gums, jaw bone or an individual tooth is often a serious warning sign that something is wrong in your mouth. This is especially true if there isn’t a direct trauma associated with the pain. In most cases this is a sign of an infection or tooth...

The Importance of Dental Checkups Dec 4th, 2015

Did you know that the American Dental Association suggests visiting the dentist twice a year for teeth cleaning and a checkup on your oral health? Many people cast aside the importance of getting their regular cleaning due to busy schedule or lifestyle. However, if you ignore your oral health, you...

What Happens to Your Teeth While Grinding at Night Oct 26th, 2015

Not everyone grinds their teeth at night, and not everyone who does grind their teeth does it all the time. There are times in your life where you might be grinding your teeth and or clenching your jaw–if you are grinding because of stress–and when the stressor disappears your teeth...

Don’t Keep Suffering From Dental Anxiety Oct 6th, 2015

The best way to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking bright is to get regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist. That’s fairly easy for most people, but not for everyone. Has it been six months, a year or even longer than you want to admit (or even...

All You Need to Know About Fluoride Aug 21st, 2015

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in food and water as well as in toothpastes and mouthwashes. As you go throughout your day, the minerals are added to and lost from your teeth through demineralization and remineralization. However, if you have more demineralization than remineralization, the bacteria in...