Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

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Why It's Important for Your Child to Enjoy Seeing the Dentist

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At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we love treating children, and children love coming to the dentist. Most of our team, in fact, are parents themselves.

At our dental office, we believe that making dental visits positive for children instills good dental habits that can last a lifetime. We start by making your child feel relaxed and comfortable.

We then treat any dental issues with a soft but thorough and experienced hand.

What Age Should Dental Care Begin?

The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist around the first birthday or within a few months of the first tooth eruption.

The earlier you bring your child to the dentist, the more trust and rapport we can ...

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3 Ways to a Straighter Smile

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At our Fayetteville, AR dental office, we help patients achieve optimal smiles all the time. If you’re looking for a straighter smile in 2019, there are several options available, and there is no better time to get started.

Let’s look at three ways to a straighter smile. 

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are one of the easiest and least invasive ways to achieve the smile of your dreams. These versatile tooth covers bond to existing teeth. Thin and natural looking, no one will know you’ve had work done. In addition to giving teeth a straighter appearance, Veneers can:

  • Hide gaps between teeth
  • Camouflage a discolored tooth or teeth
  • Give teeth a more desirable appearance as far as shape 

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An Electric Versus Manual Toothbrush: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to brushing your teeth, the most important factor is to brush regularly. The type of toothbrush you use—whether electric or manual—isn’t as important as the consistency of proper home care. It’s also crucial that you visit your Fayetteville, AR dentist for a dental exam and cleaning twice every year.

Both the manual and electric toothbrush are good at removing plaque. In fact, the American Dental Association has put its stamp of approval on both types of brushes.

But if you are thinking about upgrading your manual to an electric, here are some pro tips.

The Manual Toothbrush

This humble dental tool has been around for a long time. Sure, they lack ...

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What You Need to Know about Insurance and Financial Options for Your Dentistry

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It seems like dental insurance covers less and less these days. Many major providers seem to charge more and pay less. We are preferred providers for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Guardian Insurance, and Delta Dental in our Fayetteville dental office.

Even as a preferred provider, we find that dental insurance should be considered more of a discount than a catch-all for coverage.

Dental Insurance Is Not Like Medical

Dental insurance is designed for people who are generally healthy. Preventive services are often covered between 80-100%, and major services are covered at lower percentages – sometimes as low as 30-50% covered, and the yearly limitations are restrictive.

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How Does BOTOX® Help With Jaw Pain?

Though BOTOX® is FDA approved for reducing facial wrinkles, many of our Fayetteville, AR patients with jaw pain or bruxism (a teeth grinding habit), ask us about the uses for BOTOX® to reduce muscle pain.

To understand why BOTOX® provides relief from the symptoms of TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), it is essential to know how it works when injected into muscles.

BOTOX® Relaxes Muscles

For anti-wrinkle treatment, Dr. Wade Kifer injects minute amounts of botulinum A toxin into the muscles underlying the skin. BOTOX® gently relaxes the muscles over the course of a few days. 

When used regularly, BOTOX® reduces wrinkles by relaxing those muscles that we use every day. When appropriately applied, your ...

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We Don’t Just Welcome New Patients; We Welcome Families!

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If you are on the search for the best dentist in Fayetteville, AR, and you search Google for dentists accepting new patients in the area, you will likely receive a number of results. Here are three things to consider when choosing a dentist to care for your family’s smiles.

#1 Will Your New Dentist Grow with Your Family?

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we don’t just welcome new patients, but also encourage you to make your visits a family experience. Parents have many demands on their time and toting the kids to the local pediatric dental office cuts into free time parents can enjoy.

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Will BOTOX® Injections Make My Face Look Frozen?

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A common misconception about BOTOX® anti-wrinkle injections that we hear in our Fayetteville, AR dental office is that the treatment will cause a “frozen-faced” appearance, preventing you from smiling or showing any emotion at all.

Dr. Wade Kifer has plenty of experience with anti-wrinkle injections to smooth out the wrinkles and lines that occur through habitual expressions such as smiling, concentrating, or squinting. 

BOTOX® relaxes the underlying muscles that move the skin. We always start with a conservative dose and can adjust it from there once we know how you will respond to anti-wrinkle injections.

Side effects are typically mild and usually only includes mild bruising in a small percentage of patients. You ...

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