Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist


April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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April is National Cancer Control Month, a time dedicated to creating awareness in the hopes of preventing the disease. For Dr's Kifer and Bowen it is a chance to educate people on risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV).

What Does HPV Have to do with Oral Health?

This frightening connection to HPV is rarely acknowledged, but we now know that it can lead to oral cancer, bringing the disease to a younger population than ever before. Even worse, standard sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests do not screen for HPV, and people often don’t even know they have it until something worse develops. Your dentist may be ...

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Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

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Your child's first visit to the dentist can be scary for the kids and the parents.  Here at Northwest Arkansas Family Dentist, Dr. Bowen prides herself in ensuring kids have a great first visit!

Your Child's First Visit 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child's first visit should be within six months or the eruption of their first tooth.  That first tooth usually comes in around age 1. Parents ask Dr. Bowen, "why should I bring my baby to the dentist if they don't have all their teeth?"  Dr. Bowen lets parents know it is important to establish going to the dentist early as this helps the child get ...

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How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist

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When you’re looking into cosmetic dentistry procedures, it’s vital that you find a dentist that you really feel comfortable with for the process. Cosmetic procedures tend to be a bit more in-depth than normal treatments, so doing your research is really worth it here! Here are our tips to help you find a great cosmetic dentist for all of your needs:

A List For You When Looking

  • Prioritize: First, consider what is most important to you when you’re getting dental work done. Are you looking for an office that you feel comfortable in, or is it most important that your dentist has experience with the procedure you’re looking into? Do you need ...

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Nutrition and Your Teeth

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In Fayetteville, AR, people could be concerned after they learn the effects of our drinks have on our teeth.  Whether it is coffee, sweet tea, or carbonated drinks the damage is real.  Especially when sipping these drinks over time, the results can be worse than eating a sweet dessert! Cavities are the single most prevalent disease in the world, and they can not only lead to root damage, gum infections and an eventual loss of teeth, but are often an indicator of other health problems.

National Nutrition Month and Oral Health

March is National Nutrition Month, and Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen are determined to educate people on ...

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Dental Technology

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Improvements in Dental Technology

With so many dental offices available to you and your family today, one great way to choose your team is by taking a look at what technology is being used. Improvements in dental technology really can make a difference in how you experience your treatments, and in how effective your diagnosis and procedures are. Here are some of the best updates that you may see in a dental office:

  • Electric handpieces: Electric options for dental drills are much quieter, which helps with that drill sound that so many patients hate. Electric tools are also smoother and more effective. If you or your family members have dental anxieties, this ...

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February Oral Hygiene

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Dealing with Bad Breath

It doesn't matter if you are kissing your precious child, wife or husband, or a friend on Valentine's Day, no one wants stinky breath.  Face it no one wants to be kissed by someone with poor oral hygiene, Valentine's Day or not!  You should always keep your mouth healthy and clean by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.  Dr. Kiker and Dr. Bowen recommend using a toothpaste with fluoride.  If you need a mint to help freshen your breath Northwest Family Dentist recommends looking for products with xylitol, this ingredient actually helps reduce chances of getting a cavity.  Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen also ...

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Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Nearly half of Americans suffer from gum disease, which can cause major dental concerns. Yet, many of the early signs of gum disease may not become obvious until it has developed into periodontal disease. This is why it is important to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. At Northwest Arkansas Family Dentistry, we take preventive care seriously and do our best to help our patients maintain their oral health before problems start. 

Gum Disease

Gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and illness. When bacteria and plaque begin to build-up on your teeth and isn’t removed regularly by brushing and flossing, it can start to push ...

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