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What Really Causes Cavities?

Cause of Cavities | Fayetteville AR Dentist

As kids, our parents told us that sugar caused cavities. While some truth exists in that statement, it implies that if you avoid sugar, you can avoid cavities and that is just not the case. In fact, starchy foods that collect in the grooves of your teeth convert to sugar when partially digested by your saliva and so seemingly harmless foods such as corn flakes and bagels can actually cause as much, or more, damage.

Food and beverages play a role in decay, especially anything that sticks in the grooves of your teeth, but that is just one aspect of dental decay. Your tooth anatomy plays a large role in whether ...

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What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism | Fayetteville AR Dentist

Bruxism is a somewhat technical term that we use to describe a fairly common problem – chronic clenching and grinding of your teeth.

You’ve probably clenched your teeth before out of frustration or ground your teeth together during a stressful time, but if it only happens periodically, it’s not a big deal. It’s when it happens frequently that it can become a serious problem that affects your oral health.

Why Does Clenching and Grinding Occur?

You might clench and grind your teeth for a few reasons. As noted, stress can definitely be a contributing factor, especially if the stressful situation continues for a long period of time.

Another contributor to bruxism can be a ...

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are a fact of life. Nearly everyone wakes up one morning with swelling and pain, and you probably already know someone who caught a fly ball with their teeth instead of their glove.

When the inevitable happens, it’s helpful to know that emergency dental care is just a phone call away! Call our Fayetteville dental office and we’ll assess the problem and get you in as soon as we can to get you patched up and relieve your pain.

Are you having a dental emergency?

These are the most common emergencies we treat. Learn what you need to do in these situations:

Abscessed tooth – You know you have an abscess if ...

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Which Treatment Is Right for My Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease | Fayetteville AR Dentist

Gum DiseasePeriodontal disease is a serious health condition that impacts your total health. Scientists have discovered a link between gum disease and several other health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Periodontal disease is also dangerous for pregnant women, and may result in giving birth to a baby with a low birth weight.

If you have periodontal disease, we’ll discuss your treatment options with you. Your treatment will depend on how far the disease has progressed and your overall health. Each one of our patients is unique, and we treat you that way!

Early Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

In its earliest stages, ...

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What Is CariFree and How Do We Use It?

Questions About CariFree

When you’re a patient at our office, you can rest assured that we want the same things you do – we want you to have healthy teeth and gums and a comfortable, attractive smile. We’ve incorporated a number of technologies and systems to help us achieve these things, and one of those is a system called CariFree.

What Is CariFree?

CariFree is a system of products that reduces the risk of cavities (dental caries) in patients who are particularly prone to them.

You may not realize this (many people don’t), but dental caries is actually an infectious disease caused by bacteria. It can be passed from person to person (which is why high ...

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Fayetteville Animal Shelter

Little Girl & Dog

We are so happy to announce our summer charity event!

We will be collecting for the Fayetteville Animal Shelter

 

You can drop off dog or cat related items to our office June through July.

Once you donate you will be entered into a raffle for some great prizes from awesome local businesses!

We can’t wait to make some dogs and cats happy while they wait for their forever home!

 

Raffle prizes include - 

Pet beds from The Whole Pet

Free wash from Bark and Paws

Pet toys from Pet Smart

$200 value gift basket from West Oaks Animal Hospital

$75 gift card to ...

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Oral Cancer Awareness

Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.   Oral cancer is defined as any cancer that forms in tissues of the oral cavity (the mouth) or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth).  According to the National Cancer Institute, over 40,000 cases are estimated to be diagnosed in 2014, with over 8,000 deaths estimated.  Oral cancer is more common than Leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers of the brain, liver, bone and stomach. 

Cancer begins in the cells.  Normally these cells grow, divide, and/or die as the body requires.  Cancer cells don’t behave as normal cells; the old cells don’t die, and new cells are formed even ...

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