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An Electric Versus Manual Toothbrush: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to brushing your teeth, the most important factor is to brush regularly. The type of toothbrush you use—whether electric or manual—isn’t as important as the consistency of proper home care. It’s also crucial that you visit your Fayetteville, AR dentist for a dental exam and cleaning twice every year.

Both the manual and electric toothbrush are good at removing plaque. In fact, the American Dental Association has put its stamp of approval on both types of brushes.

But if you are thinking about upgrading your manual to an electric, here are some pro tips.

The Manual Toothbrush

This humble dental tool has been around for a long time. Sure, they lack ...

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Avoid Dental X-Rays

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Avoiding dental x-rays might seem like a good way to save money or time, but as your trusted Fayetteville dentist, here are some reasons why you should have your regular x-rays on schedule.

Dental Conditions Do Not Always Have Symptoms

If your teeth feel fine and you don’t have any problems, keeping yourself that way is important. Skipping dental x-rays may mean that we miss small problems that are easier to treat and wind up causing big issues in the future.

Your nerve is protected by a layer of enamel, tooth dentin, and is housed in the small canals within the roots of teeth. For pain to occur, decay needs to reach ...

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Staying Healthy as a Senior - 6 Tips You Should Know

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We value all of our patients and tailor our preventive dentistry recommendations in our Fayetteville, AR dental office to support your needs as they change throughout your lifetime. Seniors are our valued patients who are often overlooked as patients who require a little additional TLC to maintain their oral health.

Here are some tips and ways that we keep our cherished seniors healthy and smiling.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

As we age, we become more susceptible to common medical problems – arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Did you know your oral health can impact the health of your body? Recent research shows that periodontal disease contributes to everything from Alzheimer’s disease to ...

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Your Dental Cleaning: What We Do and What We Look For

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Your regular dental cleaning is more important to your oral health than you might first realize. Even if you brush and floss your teeth, you still need to have a professional cleaning every six months because tartar still develops in the places where your toothbrush and floss cannot reach.

What to Expect

Your dental cleaning in our Fayetteville dental office will provide you with an opportunity to update your medical history and medications, which can affect your oral health. This is a great time to share any changes you’ve recently noticed. Dry mouth, painful gums, and sensitivity are a few signs of an underlying issue.

During your dental cleaning, you may hear a ...

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Sugar: Food for Bacteria

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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 bread, 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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The Truth about Dental X-Rays and Radiation

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If you’ve been going to the dentist all your life like most people, you have had your share of dental x-rays.

But have you ever had questions about the safety of dental x-rays? Will there be a cumulative effect of dental x-rays over your lifetime? Can they cause cancer? Should pregnant women and children get dental x-rays?

Let’s take a look at these questions so the next time you visit your Fayetteville dentist for dental x-rays, you won’t have to wonder about them anymore.

Should Children and Pregnant Women Get Dental X-rays?

If you are a parent, you want the best for your child—and that usually includes annual x-rays at the dentist. Sometimes ...

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The Importance of State-of-the-Art Technology

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At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we utilize the latest dental technology because we understand that it makes treatment for our patients more comfortable and efficient. Dr. Wade Kifer is committed to the comfort of our patients and you'll notice new equipment being added to our office periodically. Here are just a few of the exciting technologies you'll find at our office.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays offer numerous benefits to both our doctor and our patients such as:

  • 90% less exposure to radiation for patients
  • Clearer images for more accurate diagnosis
  • Images readily available to review with the patient or other pertinent providers
  • Digital images are easier to transfer to pertinent providers if necessary

Digital Impressions

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