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By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 24, 2020
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Getting braces now could give you a healthier smile for the future.

We already know that getting braces can give you a perfectly straight smile, but the benefits don’t just stop with a new and improved appearance. Turning to our Gainesville, VA, dentist Dr. Chris Houser for orthodontic treatment can also offer you these other amazing health benefits!

Improve Your Oral Health

Teeth that are misaligned or crooked will deal with more plaque buildup than straight teeth, which can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease; however, crooked teeth are also more difficult to keep clean. Therefore, by getting orthodontic treatment and achieving a straighter smile you can also reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease, while also making it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Make Chewing Easier

If you are dealing with malocclusions (“bad bites”) such as an overbite or underbite this means that the jaws aren’t properly aligned. This is certainly something that our Gainesville, VA, family dentist can address with orthodontic treatment. By getting a straighter smile we can realign the jaws, making it easier to eat any foods you want.

Improve Your Gut Health

Being able to chew food effectively also means that you’ll enjoy better digestion. Since crooked teeth make it more challenging to chew food properly your stomach may have a more difficult time trying to break up such big pieces of food. Therefore, you may just find that getting braces actually makes your digestive tract happier, too.

Prevent Cracked or Fractured Teeth

When teeth don’t fit together when you bite down this means that certain teeth are taking on more pressure and force than other teeth. Over time, this can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth, which can lead to chips, cracks, and broken teeth. By straightening your smile now you could prevent dental damage in the future.

Prevent or Treat TMJ Disorder and Jaw Pain

Again, jaws that aren’t in proper alignment are also more likely to deal with jaw pain and stiffness caused by a TMJ disorder. By fixing your crooked smile you can prevent jaw-related dysfunction and pain, and if you already have TMJ disorder you may discover that your symptoms lessen or completely disappear after treatment.

Want to discuss which orthodontic treatment options are right for you or your child? Our Gainesville, VA, family dentist would be happy to sit down with you and determine the right type of braces for you. Call Heritage Hunt Dental today at (703) 754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
March 17, 2019
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Heritage Hunt Dental
December 17, 2018
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There’s one sure thing about tooth decay: you can’t ignore it. In fact, the best outcomes result from finding it early and treating it before it enters the pulp in the center of the tooth, often a filling or similar treatment.

If it does advance to the pulp, you may need a root canal treatment to save the tooth. This is a moderately invasive procedure where we access the pulp and root canals, tiny passageways leading to the root and supporting bone. We then remove all the diseased tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling. Later we’ll crown the tooth for added protection against future infection or fracture of the tooth.

But there’s also another less-invasive method than a root canal called pulp capping. It’s only appropriate to use, however, if the pulp has become exposed or almost exposed by decay, but hasn’t yet shown signs of disease.

Pulp capping can be either direct or indirect. We use direct pulp capping if the healthy pulp has been exposed by the disease process. We first isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth to prevent contamination and then proceed to remove all of the tooth’s decayed dentin structure. We then apply a biocompatible material directly over the pulp to protect it from further decay and to facilitate healing. We then restore the tooth, usually with a filling, to its proper function and life-like appearance.

When the pulp is threatened by decay but not yet exposed, we may then use the indirect method. In this approach we first remove most of the decayed dentin, but leave a small amount next to the pulp to keep it covered. We then treat this remaining dentin with a material to help it heal and re-mineralize, followed by a temporary filling of the tooth. A few months later we’ll remove this filling and inspect the treated dentin. If it has regenerated sufficiently, we remove any remaining decay and permanently restore the tooth.

As we said, pulp capping is only used with patients with deep decay whose pulp tissue is healthy. But when we can use it we can avoid some of the permanent alterations that often come with a root canal treatment and still save the tooth.

If you would like more information on treatments for tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pulp Capping: A Procedure that May Save a Decayed Tooth.”

October 18, 2016
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Today our team is going to give you simple ways you can help treat and prevent common dental problems at home and with the help of your dentist.

Brush and floss

One of the simplest ways you can treat dental problems like decay and gum disease is brushing your teeth and flossing. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes in circular motions and floss daily in between teeth to remove plaque.

Visit the dentist

Going to the dentist for dental cleanings is a great way to help prevent problems in your teeth. Your dentist will be able to accurately assess your teeth, gums and jaws for any problems that could be treated without creating any further damage.

Increase your awareness

Knowing the symptoms of common dental problems can help you and your dentist have a better understanding of what you’re up against. To find out more information on symptoms of common dental symptoms, give your dentist a call.

No one wants to be faced with a dental problem or complication, but the good news is there are treatments to fix the problem. Don’t let your mouth suffer another minute! If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth or swollen gums, please give our office a call today at 703.754.5800.

Thanks to the many advances in dental care today, there are many teeth whitening options that can give you the bright, brilliant smile you are proud of. If you would like to know which treatment is best for you, we encourage you to call our office today and schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist. Until then, you can consider and try the following seven whitening tips:

  1. Try over-the-counter whitening systems: Yes, you can brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home. Isn’t that great? As you browse the oral hygiene isle at the store, there are many products that can help you do so, like whitening gel, whitening toothpaste, whitening kits, and whitening strips.
  2. Use home remedies: Many people believe that brushing their teeth with baking soda helps brighten their smile, so you are more than welcome to try that if you would like! You can also try eating healthier foods more often, like apples, carrots, pears, and celery.
  3. Take advantage of dental care: Dental care has many treatments that can help improve the appearance of your smile, like dental veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, and professional whitening treatments. If you are interested in any of these dental treatments, please call our office and schedule an appointment regarding teeth whitening.
  4. Avoid drinking drinks that can stain your teeth: If you want the whitest smile possible, we recommend avoiding stain-potential drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. However, if you do need to drink these products, it’s best that you do so through a straw.
  5. Kick your smoking habit: Smoking completely discolors your teeth. The more you smoke, the more stains you’ll have, and the best way to avoid this occurrence is by kicking the habit. If you need help doing so, please feel free to talk to your dentist.
  6. Practice good oral hygiene: Your oral hygiene routine is extremely important, especially when trying to achieve and maintain a bright smile. So, brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth with beneficial mouthwash daily. These techniques will help you attain a healthy and attractive smile.
  7. Visit your dentist: Your six-month checkups are vital if you wish to have a brilliant and healthy smile. At your appointment, your dentist or hygienist will deeply clean, polish, and nourish your smile, giving you the best chance at having a healthy, successful, and attractive oral cavity.

Call our office today if you have any questions. We look forward to helping you achieve the bright smile you deserve!

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