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By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

When was the last time you paid Dr. Chris Houser a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Houser at (703) 754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
June 03, 2021
Category: Oral Health

What's keeping you from seeing your dentist regularly?

Regular dental visits are essential for your oral health. Your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, will also encourage you to come into his office at Heritage Hunt Dental if you have any of the following symptoms:


A toothache is a clear sign that something is wrong and it could be a dull, throbbing, or sharp shooting pain.

Possible causes of tooth pain include infection and inflammation. You'll need to describe your pain as accurately as possible to your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Houser, so that he can identify and treat the cause.

Bad Breath

You've brushed and flossed your teeth, so, why won't the funky smell go away? That's a question you should be asking your dentist during your next dental appointment at Heritage Hunt Dental.

Bad breath that fails to go away even after thoroughly cleaning your mouth could be a sign of gum disease or dental cavities. You'll want to nip these oral problems in the bud before they escalate to the point of your teeth loosening or falling out.

Bleeding Gums

Your gums shouldn't bleed each time you attempt brushing your teeth. If they do, quit postponing that dental appointment and schedule one with your dentist in Gainesville, VA, right away.

Bleeding gums might mean that you have gum disease. Other signs of gum disease include swollen gums, red gums, and bad breath.

Mouth Sores

Canker sores come and go and don't typically require special care. However, sometimes your mouth sore is more than a canker sore.

Oral sores that have failed to heal after about 10 days are concerning and require examination by your dentist. Recurrent mouth sores are another reason to visit your dentist.

Jaw Pain

If pain accompanies each attempt to open or close your mouth, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

Don't put off your dental visits. Trust your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Houser, to handle your oral health before complications arise at Heritage Hunt Dental. Call (703) 754-5800 to schedule your appointment today.

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