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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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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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