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How We Help Your Child Feel Relaxed During Their Appointment

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Most children don’t start out fearing the dentist, but it is unfamiliar territory for kids—especially if they are entering the dentist office for the first time. The sights, sounds, and smells might cause anxiety in some children. At your dentist in Fayetteville, we understand this. We also want to set up your children for lifelong good dental health, which includes alleviating any fears of the dentist. Let’s take a look at how we help your children feel relaxed during their dental appointment.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit at Northwest Arkansas Family Dentistry Should Be a Positive Experience

We encourage parents to bring their kids to the dentist from a very ...

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The Process of Applying Veneers

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If you have been living with a smile that you don’t like to show, you may have considered seeking cosmetic dentistry options to improve the look of your smile. If your teeth are badly spaced, stained, or otherwise preventing you from having a Hollywood smile, you might be a good candidate for Fayetteville porcelain veneers.  This procedure does involve some tooth preparation so they are irreversible. But if you want a beautiful, straight, white smile, they might be a good option for you.

Let’s take a look at what is involved in the process of getting this cosmetic dentistry procedure.

The First Step: The Consultation

When you come for a consultation for porcelain ...

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Caring for your Children's teeth

Mother Brushing Her Child's Teeth

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked by parents is “what should I be doing?” or, maybe more commonly, we get baffled looks when we ask Mom and Dad about their child’s at-home dental routine. That’s okay! We know that between crazy after-school schedules, bedtime routines, the 18th trip to the bathroom and one more goodnight kiss teeth can get lost in the mix. (And let’s be honest, teeth weren’t the first thing you thought about when you brought your bundle of joy home!) Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s (AAPD) recommendation of brushing twice a day for two minutes, including ...

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Dry Mouth?

Water And Dry Mouth

Saliva is an important part of a healthy mouth, and not having enough saliva or  dry mouth affects millions of people.  Saliva is your mouth's natural defense against bacteria that causes plaque and tooth decay.  Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen want everyone to know that dry mouth is also a common cause of bad breath. Some medications also make your mouth dry.  A dry mouth is not ideal for good oral health.

What We Suggest

The team at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental want to let patients know if you have dry mouth there are things you can do to help combat it.

1. Water- keep drinking plenty of water.  Water is the best ...

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Steps Taken During a Dental Cleaning

Brushing & Flossing Before Dental Appointment

Even if you are diligent about following good oral care at home, professional dental cleanings at least twice each year are a must. Even with proper brushing techniques, your dental professional can reach those tough spots where plaque—also called calculus or tartar—builds up. In addition, when you receive a professional cleaning, your dentist will also check your mother for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer, along with other problems that might be building.

Let’s take a look at the steps taken during a dental cleaning in Fayetteville.

Steps Involved in a Dental Cleaning

Everyone develops plaque and tarter on their teeth, and even the most diligent brushing can’t ...

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What Happens If You Don't Get a Filling for Your Cavity?

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Cavities are one of the most common dental issues dentists deal with, and your Fayetteville, AR, dentist is no exception. If you know you have or suspect you have a cavity, are you considering leaving it untreated? The reality is leaving your cavity along and not getting a filling for it is a bad idea. Let’s take a look at just why that is the case.

When a Filling Is Needed

When your tooth begins to decay, a small hole develops. At first, cavities are barely noticeable to the naked eye, and your dentist may spot them initially only through the help of an x-ray and precise dental tools. This ...

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Importance of Baby Teeth

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At Northwest Arkansas Family Dentist we often are asked  the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  Parents sometimes believe  that since these teeth are temporary, that they do not matter in the long run.   Dr. Bowen wants parents to know when this happens the neglect of baby teeth and can cause permanent damage.

Dr. Bowen feels it is very important to care for the health of the primary teeth. Untreated cavities frequently lead to problems which have long term effects on developing permanent teeth. ...

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