In response to the ADA and CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, our office will be temporarily closed until further notice. Our team will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. Patients with a true dental emergency will still be provided care by appointment. At this time we are rescheduling non-emergency patients until April 17th in accordance to the State mandates. Thank you so much for your understanding.
Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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Here are some of the more commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. If you have any additional questions or comments, or would like to set up an appointment. Please contact us today.

No matter what dental questions you may have, we are here to help! 

Preventive Dentistry

Image of insurance being approvedWe take almost all types of insurance. We are providers for Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Guardian. A majority of our patients have a different insurance or no insurance at all. 

Call Northwest Arkansas Family Dental for all insurance questions!

We have found that we are able to get a pretty accurate estimate of what your out-of-pocket costs will be. Even when we are not on your "list," we find that most of the out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment are minimal. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding coverage, so please give our Fayetteville, AR office a call today!

Preventative Dental Care | Fayetteville ARThe short answer is yes, it does, and you should go twice each year for examinations and cleanings. The longer answer is that preventive care is essential when it comes to dental care, so visiting your dentist regularly along with good home care are the only ways to stay on top of potential problems.

Preventive care you can do

Preventive dental care means taking small steps regularly to avoid big problems that can potentially develop. Preventive care in Fayetteville includes the following:

  • Daily brushing and flossing, and replacing your toothbrush regularly
  • Avoiding foods and beverages that contribute to tooth decay
  • Visiting your dentist twice each year

Spending just an hour in the dental chair twice each year will not only save you time in the long run but money as well. Most dental problems get worse the longer they are left alone—and they also get more expensive to treat.

Book your dental appointment at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

Life gets busy and hectic, and skipping your regular dental appointments might seem more convenient at the time, but when you eventually get to the dentist, you might discover that you now need expensive, time-consuming treatments to restore your oral health. In the long run, it’s just not worth it to skip going to the dentist twice each year.



Periodontal (gum disease) is a widespread oral health problem that affects nearly half of all US adults. It is an infection of the gums that can eventually break down the bone that supports your teeth and will not go away on its own. The best ways to avoid gum disease in Fayettville is brushing and flossing conscientiously and visiting Northwest Arkansas Family Dental for teeth cleanings and dental exams.

Early Gum Disease Is Reversible

The first sign of gum disease in Fayettville is bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums. This stage is called gingivitis.

If your dental hygienist sees signs of gingivitis, she will perform a comprehensive teeth cleaning to remove the germ-filled plaque and tartar buildup. When you follow up at home with conscientious brushing and flossing habits, gingivitis is reversible.

Periodontitis, A Long-Term Disease

If we don't treat early periodontal disease, it progresses to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage, the infection attacks the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. 

Periodontitis is a chronic, long-term inflammatory disease and is not reversible, but we can treat it. The first step is a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Your dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from all your tooth surfaces above and below the gum line. 

The roots of your teeth will be smoothed so as your gums heal, so they can more easily reattach to the teeth. Along with improved oral hygiene and more frequent dental cleanings, we can control periodontitis.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning and Exam Today

If you think you have gum disease, call our Fayetteville dental office. The faster we address it, the better the odds that we can treat and eliminate it.

New patient exam | fayetteville ar dentistWhen we welcome a new patient to Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we want to ensure that you receive precisely the type of care that will promote a lifetime of healthy and comfortable smiles. In order to achieve this, we welcome each patient with a comprehensive exam that includes plenty of time for you to speak directly with Dr. Wade Kifer, giving you the opportunity to share any goals or concerns you may have with your smile.

New patient checklist at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

This is a great time to discuss any painful teeth, changes to your oral health, or any cosmetic goals you may have for your smile.

We will also take diagnostic x-rays to look for conditions such as decay, bone loss, or fractures as well as perform a periodontal exam and a tooth-by-tooth exam. 

Dr. Kifer will also look for signs of premature wear that could indicate a teeth grinding habit, called bruxism, or a jaw-related condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

This type of comprehensive dental exam provides a big-picture view regarding your oral health and supplies the information we need to determine the recommended frequency of your dental cleaning schedule in our Fayetteville dental office.

Our goal is to help our patients retain their natural teeth, avoid gum disease, and have a smile that makes them feel great about the way they look.

Children's Dentistry Fayetteville Ar We really care about children and want to make sure they get off to a good start. We like to see the child at an early age, usually around one year old. We recommend that you bring your child to an appointment with you. 

The really important part of this first visit is for us to make sure that everything is going ok developmentally. We also want to spend some time with you, the parent, educating you on the proper way to take care of your kid's mouth.

A child's mouth that is not cared for in a proper way can lead to an entire life of dental problems. If we can spend ten minutes with you on the proper way to care for your children, it could save you and them a lifetime of dental misfortune. 

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