Scott Stephens, DDS
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3 Signs That Your Orthodontist Is Right for You

A straight smile is healthier – that’s a fact.  When teeth are properly aligned, you can clean them more effectively and avoid dental decay due to overlapping teeth. Gaps between teeth can also unevenly distribute the force caused by chewing. You might see wear and tear that impacts some teeth more than others. This can lead to short or chipped teeth.

Finding the right orthodontist in Fayetteville, AR presents a number of options. Here is how to know you made the right choice.

#1 Your Dentist or Orthodontist Gives You Options

Every patient is a unique individual, and everyone likes choices. If more than one option exists to achieve your goals for your ...

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3 Suggestions for Choosing the Right Dentist in Fayetteville, AR

If you are new to town or looking for a new Fayetteville, AR dentist to care for your family’s oral health needs, typing a search into Google can result in many options. It might feel impossible and overwhelming to choose. Selecting a dentist, however, can make the difference when it comes to how likely you are to maintain your routine dental appointments or to follow through with treatment.

Here are three suggestions in the form of questions that can help you narrow down your search.

What Are Your Dental Needs?

Finding a dentist that offers the type of dentistry you want and need should be the first order of business. If you want cosmetic ...

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5 Signs and Symptoms That Mean You Should Be Evaluated for Gum Disease

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Gum disease affects over 50 percent of American adults, and as we look at aging populations, those numbers go up dramatically. Part of the challenge is that gum disease can go undetected unless you know what to look for. We offer periodontics in Fayetteville, AR and can help you regain your health.

Here are five signs that may mean you have gum disease:

#1 Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss

Bleeding gums are an indication that something is wrong. If something is lodged in the gums, they may bleed for a few days. You can floss to remove the offending object. If, however, your gums bleed for an extended period of ...

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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

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 Dental emergencies seem to happen at the worst times, and not knowing what to do might cause you to panic. If you have a busy work day or are booked toting kids around town, it might be tempting to put it off until it becomes unbearable.

Take a deep breath. We handle dental emergencies in our Fayetteville, AR dental office, even if you are a new patient who needs a new dental home.

First Things First

If you have a knocked-out tooth, avoid handling the root and try to replace it in the socket. If you are unable to replace it or do not feel confident about it, keep it moist in a ...

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3 Common Mistakes Made during Six Months Smiles Treatment

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Six Months Smiles provides our adult patients with a fast and effective way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. If you are searching for an orthodontist in Fayetteville, AR, give Scott J. Stephens, DDS a call instead. Dr. Stephens is a general dentist who offers cosmetic braces and much more. Our comprehensive approach to dentistry makes it easy for families to take care of their smiles.

Avoid these three common mistakes that people make during Six Month Smiles.

Skipping the Floss

When you have braces on your teeth, it takes a little extra effort to floss your teeth. You will need a special threader or small brush to remove the plaque from teeth ...

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A Look into the Future if You Put Off Periodontal Treatment

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We don’t have a crystal ball. If we did, we could show you what would happen if you put off periodontal treatment at our Fayetteville, AR dental office. In the meantime, we are here to help if you notice any changes to your oral health.

A Healthy Smile Means a Healthier Body

Research shows that your periodontal health affects nearly every system in the body. While you may not feel the urgency with bleeding gums, you might when you learn that inflammatory disease like gum disease can increase your chances of developing other serious illnesses.

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Lung diseases
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Cancer

Gum disease goes beyond bad breath and bleeding gums. If you are searching ...

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What You Need to Know about DIY Braces

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We offer clear braces here in our Fayetteville, AR dental office to help teen and adult patients improve the appearance of their teeth and for more comfortable function.

You can imagine how shocked we were when a disturbing trend recently appeared on YouTube and other online media outlets – teens fabricating braces out of household objects with the intent of moving their own teeth. If you see your kids using paperclips, rubber bands, or aluminum foil in their mouths, here are some reasons you should put a stop to it immediately.

DIY Braces Can Cause Permanent Damage

Putting any foreign material around teeth or near gums can cause teeth to break, chip, or ...

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