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By Heritage Hunt Dental
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Do you snore loudly and feel tired during the day? You may have sleep apnea. Your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser of Heritage Hunt Dental, offers a simple appliance that can improve your breathing if you're diagnosed with the sleep disorder.

Sleep apnea symptoms

It's certainly possible to snore without having sleep apnea, but loud snoring is a common sign. Other symptoms can include morning headaches, depression, trouble concentrating, memory issues, irritability, mood swings and weight gain. People who have sleep apnea often feel exhausted even though they've spent eight hours in bed.

Due to sleep apnea, you'll stop breathing for seconds at a time many times throughout the night. The disorder can occur if your tongue falls against your throat or your throat walls collapse while you sleep. If you frequently gasp or choke while you sleep, sleep apnea may be the reason. These actions force you to start breathing once again.

Why it's a bad idea to ignore sleep apnea

Breathing pauses prevent your brain from receiving the oxygen it needs and can increase carbon dioxide levels. Over time, these issues can have a devastating effect on your health.

If you don't receive treatment for your sleep apnea, you may be more likely to develop certain health conditions. Heart attack, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure can all occur as a result of the sleep disorder.

How to stop sleep apnea

If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, you'll need treatment to protect your health and help you get a better night's sleep. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are often used to treat sleep apnea. The machines send a constant stream of air into your throat and keep your airway open. Unfortunately, not everyone can adjust to using the machine. Some people find the masks uncomfortable, while others think CPAP machines are just too noisy.

Your dentist offers oral appliances that can reduce your sleep apnea symptoms. During a visit to the Gainesville dental office, you'll be fitted with an appliance that you'll wear when you sleep. The appliance holds your jaw forward and prevents your tongue from blocking your airway. The oral appliance is small and portable, making it easy to take it with you when you travel.

Don't let sleep apnea harm your health! Call your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Houser of Heritage Hunt Dental, at (703) 754-5800 to schedule your appointment.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Is it time to repair your tooth with a crown? You'll be pleasantly surprised to know that today's crown processes are faster and easier than ever before. At Heritage Hunt Center in Gainesville, VA, your dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, uses CEREC technology to design, create and place beautiful porcelain crowns in just an hour. Learn about this breakthrough treatment here.


What does CEREC mean?

CEREC means Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. Instead of lengthy treatment times, multiple trips to the dental office, uncomfortable impressions, and varying results, CEREC technology produces lifelike and accurate crowns, veneers, and other restorations in just about an hour. From initial evaluation by your dentist in his Gainesville office finished product, your new crown is a quick, no-hassle experience.

How long have dentists used CEREC processes?

The Journal of the American Dental Association reports widespread use in clinical practices since 1985. Over the years, dentists have improved the computer software, milling machines and other features to yield superior restorations suitable to a wide range of patients and dental issues.

How does CEREC work?

Dr. Houser first examines that damaged tooth and X-rays it to determine if a crown is the proper restoration. If it is, he uses a special powder and digital impression tool to quickly take a three-dimensional image of the tooth. Then, the surface prepares the tooth to receive the restoration.

Next, Dr. Houser uses computer-design processes to instruct the CEREC milling machine on the details of your restoration. From there, the CEREC machine carves the crown from a single piece of dental grade porcelain. Dr. Houser puts some finishing touches on the crown and bonds in place. Because CEREC processes are so accurate, little to no adjustment is needed for a dental bite.

Can such a quick treatment produce good results?

Yes, it can, and it does. CEREC processes use durable and lifelike porcelain which is laboratory grade. It is resistant to plaque and stains. Plus, the digital impressions are exceptionally accurate, transferring perfectly to the three-dimensional restoration. With no wait time (typically days to weeks for lab-created crowns), patients look good and feel great in a single visit with their Gainesville dentist.

How do I care for my CEREC crown?

Brush and floss as you usually do. See Dr. Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental for your usual six-month cleaning and check-up. Most CEREC restorations last 10 to 15 years with good at-home and in-office care.

How do I find out more?

Ask Dr. Houser about CEREC crowns at your next routine appointment. If you have a tooth with multiple fillings or have a crown that is old and unattractive, now may be the time to explore what a new restoration can do for your appearance and oral health. Call your dentist in Gainesville at (703) 754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Has your oral hygiene routine changed since you were a child? If you only spend a few seconds brushing and don't make flossing a regular habit, you may be at increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, can help you protect your smile.

Do You Follow These Oral Hygiene Recommendations?

A good oral hygiene regimen includes:

  • Brushing Twice Daily: Brushing first thing in the morning and in the evening reduces the buildup of plaque, a colorless, sticky substance contains bacteria and causes tooth decay. When plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days, it becomes tartar, a hard substance that can cause gum disease.
  • Following the Two-Minute Rule: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing for at least two minutes. If you only brush for 30 seconds or less, plaque may remain on some areas of your teeth.
  • Brushing Your Tongue: Plaque also accumulates on your tongue and can transfer to your teeth soon after you finish brushing. Gently brushing your tongue with your brush or using a tongue scraper reduces the amount of plaque in your mouth.
  • Flossing Daily: Using floss every day removes plaque between teeth, an area that toothbrush bristles can't reach.
  • Buying Fluoridated Toothpaste: Toothpaste that features the ADA seal contains fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds weak areas of tooth enamel, reducing your cavity risk.
  • Using Mouthwash: Mouthwash doesn't just freshen your breath but also helps you avoid cavities. Many brands of mouthwash contain fluoride and also offer anti-bacterial protection.

How Dental Visits Help You Keep Your Smile Healthy

Visiting the Gainesville dental office is a simple way to maintain good oral health. During the visit, you'll receive a thorough dental exam and oral cancer screening. When you visit the dentist every six months, he can spot cavities, tooth decay, and other issues and treat them before they can significantly impact your oral health. Your visit also includes a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar so as to make your smile sparkle.

Keep your smile bright and healthy with regular dental checkups! Call your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Houser, at (703) 754-5800 to schedule an appointment.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 24, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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
December 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 53,000 new cases will transpire in patients within this next year. Oral cancer often affects adults over the age of 40, but due to the increase in tobacco and vaping products, it's on the rise in younger adults as well. Your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser takes oral cancer prevention very seriously and encourages his patients to do the same. That is why he offers oral cancer screening at his Heritage Hunt Dental office. To detect this malady early when it's easiest to treat.

Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

If you have one or more of the following warning signs or symptoms, this doesn't necessarily mean you have oral cancer. At Heritage Hunt Dental, please visit Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser if you experience:

  • Sore in the mouth that does not heal
  • Persistent hoarseness or a change in voice
  • Lump or thickening on the neck, mouth, throat, or cheek
  • Excessive feeling of something caught in your throat
  • Red or white patch on any part of the oral cavity

Causes of this disease include a large consumption of tobacco and alcohol, sun overexposure, and HPV.

What Happens During Oral Cancer Screening?

These screenings are a form of prevention that should be a part of everyone's dental visit because maintaining a healthy mouth can reduce your risk. At our Heritage Hunt Dental office, you can expect oral cancer screening to be a part of your routine dental checkup. It will include a visual examination of your oral cavity, including your lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums. Our Gainesville, VA, dentist, will look for abnormalities and unusual lumps, swelling, or patches. Oral cancer screening is a painless procedure. If anything seems out of the ordinary, we will discuss treatment plans and talk through your concerns.

If you are interested in oral cancer screening, visit Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser. It can potentially save your life if warning signs are present. For more information about oral cancer, visit our website, and for questions or to schedule your appointment, please call (703) 754-5800.

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