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Oral Cancer Screening Fayetteville

Every year oral cancer will effect over 37,000 people in America.  Approximately 7,000 of these will die as a result of this aggressive disease.  Early detection is key for successful treatment.  Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen perform oral cancer exams at your regular dental hygiene visits to help their patients and protect them from the threat of oral cancer.

There are signs and symptoms of oral cancer, but the only way to detect and diagnose oral cancer involves an in-depth oral cancer screening.  Here are some things you can look for between office visits.

  • unexplained numbness/tingling in the mouth
  • hard to swallow or speak
  • check for lumps or bumps
  • red or white patches on the ...

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Dental Fun Facts

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Dentistry may not seem like a good time to you, but we would like to share some fun dental facts with you that might change your mind. Think about all of the work that your teeth handle for you on a day-to-day basis. They make eating and speaking possible as well as providing the shape to your face. They deserve extra care because when you take care of them, they can serve you for a lifetime.

Oral Health Facts

Here are some facts about your teeth that will provide you with some food for thought:

  • Your teeth begin to form before you are born. In fact, some babies are born with erupted teeth.
  • Sharks ...

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Why you Should Never Miss Your Preventive Dental Appointment

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In most families, parents would never let their children miss important preventive medical and vaccinations. So, why is it any different when it comes to your family’s oral health?

Children’s Dentistry in Fayetteville

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by their first birthday. That might seem a little early to you, but having a professional dental exam early in age can help you to prevent a wide range of conditions that comes from putting off preventive care for too long. 

By bringing your child into our office at a very young age, you can prevent problems such as:

  • Early tooth decay
  • Early gum disease
  • Extensive orthodontic treatments
  • Tooth loss
  • Dental pain

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Are You Feeling Tooth Sensitivity?

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Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain. In fact, you might have to avoid some of the foods and beverages you love because your teeth can’t take the cold. In many cases, a special sensitivity toothpaste can help, but addressing the root of the problem can provide lasting relief. 

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

  • Bruxism – Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth can cause sensitivity because of the added stress to your teeth and bite. Often, a nightguard or an occlusal splint can help relieve the symptoms of bruxism and protect your teeth.
  • Gum recession – When your gums recede, it can expose the sensitive root structure and may be more sensitive ...

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What Increases the Risk of Oral Cancer?

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You may have heard of oral cancer because of celebrities who have suffered from it and received media coverage. The treatment for oral cancer is often debilitating, removing parts of the tongue, jaw, and facial tissue, leaving the patient disfigured. Oral cancer is also a particularly deadly cancer – not because it is difficult to treat, but because diagnosis often occurs only when the cancer is advanced.

When diagnosed early and treated properly, the patient’s chance for survival increases dramatically. While oral cancer can have genetic factors, some of the risk factors are based on lifestyle choices.

Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Both alcohol and tobacco use are found to play a part in ...

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The Nightly Grind

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Do you wake up with sore muscles that feel like they have put in a whole night of strenuous work? Do you have headaches or soreness that disrupt your morning or nag at you throughout the day? Do you have tooth sensitivity to cold air or beverages? You might suffer from nighttime tooth grinding.

In addition to the symptoms you notice, you could be causing damage that you are completely unaware of. Because your jaws exert an extreme amount of force, you can actually cause damage to your own teeth, gums, and jaw.

The most common symptoms of nighttime grinding 

  • Facial pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Worn and chipped teeth
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Shoulder pain

Clenching and grinding can cause ...

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November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

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Alzheimer’s is one of the most heartbreaking conditions that a loved one can experience. November is Alzheimer’s awareness month, a time devoted to raising awareness in the hopes of finding a cure to this tragic disease.

A form of dementia characterized by memory loss, confusion, and behavioral changes, Alzheimer’s tends to gradually worsen over time. While a great amount of research had been dedicated to the topic, and some answers have been discovered, a cure is not yet available.

Dental Health Connections With Certain Conditions

Many people are aware of the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease, but few know about the connection with other systemic conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. ...

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