Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

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Baby It's Cold Outside!

Plants Iced Over

A common complaint during the cold winter season is sensitive teeth.  One out of eight people report tooth sensitivity, and that seems to get worse during the winter.  Sensitivity can be caused by several things… receding gums, clenching or grinding, cracked teeth, cavities, thin or weakened enamel, or bruising from trauma.  

When the tooth’s enamel wears, or the gums recede, tiny tubes in the dentin are exposed. These tubes are filled with something called dentinal fluid.  Sensitivity can be caused by the stimulation of that fluid and the person will normally experience short, sharp pain when those areas are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. 

We all learned in science class that ...

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s Christmas time, and we all know what that means!  Lots of family, food, fun… and a LOT of extra sweets!  We enjoy holiday treats as much as anyone, so we thought we’d give you some tips on keeping you smiling and your teeth healthy this holiday season.

Snacking throughout the day can lead to more tooth problems.  Try to eat the extra treats at meal times, rather than munching throughout the day.   When we eat, the sugars in our foods are broken down by the bacteria and turned into acid.  It is the acid attack that causes the damage (decay) to our teeth.    Grazing means that your teeth and gums ...

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Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Little Boy Smiling With Healthy Teeth | Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 25% of children age 2-5 years old have cavities.  In fact, pediatric dental disease is the primary reason for children's visits to the ER each year.   

So how can you help reduce your child's risk for cavities?  We've got a few tips to help you out!  

Your child should start seeing the dentist early... around the time their first teeth start erupting and definitely before they turn one!  Their first visits will be pretty simple.  We're just checking development, looking for visual signs of decay and educating the parents.   You can also bring your child with you to routine dental ...

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Veteran's Day Contest

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Our office wanted a special way to say thank you to all of our veterans for Veterans Day and you can be a part of it! Do you know a veteran who could use $1,000 worth of dental work? In honor of Veterans Day we will be accepting nominations for this special “thank you”.

Nominations need to be a local veteran. Submit your nomination, complete with the reason you think he or she should be chosen to win, via email to [email protected]. We will select the winner on Veterans Day.

We appreciate those who have served and sacrificed for our country and ...

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Healthy Aging For Your Teeth?

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While you may be aware of all the physical signs of aging, most people don’t think about the fact that your teeth are affected by aging as well. September is Healthy Aging Month, which was established over 16 years ago to broaden the awareness of the positive side of aging and to motivate improved health, financial and overall wellness. Factors such as taking certain medications, medical treatments, concerns about financial stability, and natural progression of age can create concerns for your oral health.

 

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Back To School

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The end of the summer ushers in the beginning of the new school year for an estimated 56 million students this fall and Dr. Wade Kifer wants everyone to start the season off right. This month is designated as National Immunization Awareness month and healthcare providers around the country are supporting the healthy back-to-school initiative. Every year the American Dental Association and Wade Kifer, DDS join together to remind parents and caregivers to include a dental examination as part of their children’s back-to-school health routines.

Our Mission

We are advocating that these appointments include immunizations and an all-over health check-up, as well as a dental check-up with our office. What some people ...

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Your child's first dental visit

Young Child's First Visit | General Dentist Fayetteville AR

Our patients often wonder when they should start bringing their children in for dental exams and cleanings.  According to the American Dental Association, children should begin seeing a dentist within 6 months of the first tooth erupting, but no later than their 1st birthday.

Cavity Transferring

Did you know that cavities are a transmissible disease?  That means that you can pass the cavity causing bacteria to your children by sharing drinks or silverware, or even just by kissing their sweet faces.   Teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin breaking through the gums.

How We Make Your Kids Comfortable

The first visit we like to refer to as a “happy visit”.   It ...

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