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Sugar: Food for Bacteria

You probably know that sugar can cause cavities, but you may not know why. Cavities develop when bacteria produce acid that softens enamel, and bacteria’s favorite food is sugar.Sugar does not just come from the sugar bowl in the cupboard or the bag of gummy bears in your desk drawer, however. Sugar can be found in so many of the foods we eat, including breads, chips, bagels, ketchup, and salad dressing. It may feel futile to try to avoid it entirely.There are, however, connections between sugar and cavities that make it easier to take steps to reduce the effects of sugar in your daily diet. Some of these steps include:Regular ...

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What We Mean by "Comprehensive Dentistry"

Dental terminology can often sound confusing and overwhelming, especially if you just want a dental appointment because of a problem or it is time for your next dental cleaning.We offer comprehensive dentistry in our Fayetteville dental office and welcome new patients of all ages to join our dental family.What Is Comprehensive Dentistry?Dr. Wade Kifer and our entire team take a proactive and preventive approach to dentistry. As dental professionals, we are dedicated to protecting and preserving your teeth and smile through personalized treatment planning based on your goals.Your oral health is part of your overall health. By promoting good dentistry, healthy teeth and gums, and proper hygiene, we take a ...

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Implant?

Choosing a dental implant is a great decision for the long-term benefit of your smile. Dental implants are the most lifelike option and offer many health and cosmetic benefits including bone retention, bite retention, and stability.Committing to dental implant treatment does not provide instant results, however. Our patients who opt for dental implants tell us that the results are well worth the wait.In some cases, immediate restoration of a dental implant is possible. At Northwest Arkansas Family Dentistry, we want to give our patients the best results when it comes to dental implants (and other treatment) so we will go over treatment times at your consultation.Here is the typical timeline ...

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A New Smile with a Single Cosmetic Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry | Porcelain Veneers | Fayetteville AR Dentist
Having a beautiful smile can give patients an advantage when it comes to making a good first impression – on a date with a new love interest, at a business conference, and when meeting new friends.Many patients are interested in cosmetic dentistry but don’t want to spend months on end with multiple appointments for their dream smiles to become a reality. At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we offer an alternative that allows patients to have a beautiful new smile in as little as two dental appointments.Smile Enhancement with Porcelain VeneersUnless you have known someone with porcelain veneers, you may have an inaccurate image of too-white teeth that look false. ...

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Get Ready for Wedding Season with Cosmetic Dentistry!

Cosmetic Dentistry | Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Whether you're the bride, mother of the groom, or an attending guest, you want to look your best for wedding season! Perhaps your smile just needs a quick update? Maybe you're looking to improve the appearance of your teeth? Whatever the case may be, cosmetic dentistry offers options, and Dr. Wade Kifer can help! Here are some of the options we offer for cosmetic dentistry at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental.Teeth WhiteningPerhaps your smile just needs a boost? You might be surprised to see what a difference teeth whitening can make. Dr. Kifer chooses Kor Deep Bleaching for our whitening system because it's proven to remove even stubborn tetracycline staining. ...

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What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Implant?

Few patients even given a thought about how to replace missing teeth until they face it themselves. Tooth loss can feel scary, frustrating, and uncertain. Dr. Wade Kifer is dedicated to helping our patients make the best choice for their health and appearance, taking the stress out of tooth loss and replacement. To that end, if you are facing dental extractions or have missing teeth, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental to schedule a consultation. We can answer all of your questions about tooth loss and your options for completing your smile.Many patients are curious about dental implants because they are so convenient, reliable, and have numerous health and cosmetic benefits.Here ...

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What Does Popping in My Jaw Mean?

TMJ Treatment | NWA Family Dental
If you have ever yawned a little too enthusiastically and felt a sharp pop in your jaw joint, it probably caused momentary pain and alarm, but you quickly forgot about it and went about your daily business. It’s regular popping upon opening or closing that is a cause for concern and means it is time to schedule a trip to our Fayetteville dental office.Why Jaw Joints PopEach of your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints or TMJ, have a small disc that glides on top of the joint condyle as the jaw opens and closes, while still allowing the teeth to come together upon closing. When teeth do not come ...

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