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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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3 Problems Solved by Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns aren’t just for making damaged teeth look beautiful; they are a practical solution that can save your tooth and add years to your smile.

When Dr. Stephens makes dental crowns for his patients in our Fayetteville, AR dental office, he does so to improve both the esthetics and the tooth function.

Problem #1 Solved: Reinforcing a Damaged or Decayed Tooth

If you fracture a tooth or decay manages to wreak havoc on its structure, your tooth will be more likely to break or split and require extraction. We recommend dental crowns, especially on back teeth, when it’s not as strong as it used to be.

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Don't Fall for These Myths about Your Mouth

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With crowdsourced media and differing opinions, finding accurate health information can be a challenge. Your dentist in Fayetteville, Dr. Scott Stephens, will help you wade through the mythology so that you can feel confident about your choices when it comes to your oral health.

Here are some of the common myths that cause oral (and overall) health issues:

Myth #1 Avoid the Dentist while Pregnant

Hormone fluctuations contribute to gum disease. That is why visiting the dentist for a professional dental cleaning during pregnancy is so important. Periodontal disease can lead to low birth weight in babies, so it is essential for your unborn child’s health, as well. Some women require more frequent ...

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Should You Ditch Sugar for Better Oral Health?

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Most people enjoy the occasional sweet treat after a meal or with their morning coffee and having the occasional sugary snack will have little impact on your oral health or your overall health. Sugar becomes a problem with over-consumption and can lead to a number of health issues including weight gain, diabetes, and dental cavities.

Dental cavities are the most common preventable childhood disease. Denying kids the snacks they want might feel cruel or uncomfortable at first, but if you set a healthy example early on, your child will learn to enjoy more nutritious and healthier snacks.

How Cavities Form

Sugar and starch are the preferred fuel for bacteria and they thrive in ...

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Our 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Options

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Having a beautiful smile is important to patients of any age. Your smile is a personal expression of your identity and with professional and social pressures, having a less than perfect smile can make you feel unsure about the way you look.

If you want an experienced cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, AR, Dr. Scott Stephens is ready with cosmetic treatments for any esthetic issue and any budget. Here are 3 of our most popular:

Teeth Whitening

If you are looking for a quick and affordable way to improve your smile, teeth whitening can help remove years of stains. This is especially popular among people who love coffee, red wine, or who have a ...

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Oral Health – The Language We Use Matters

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As your local dentist in Fayetteville, AR, we develop long-term relationships with our patients that give us insight into what a smile really means to people. Until recently, the definition of oral health meant that you were able to eat and speak properly, but did little to account for how people feel about their smiles – both physically and when considering their self-confidence.

The new definition put forth by the American Dental Association actually takes these other aspects of oral health into account. It includes both how you feel about the appearance of your smile and your ability to eat and speak confidently.

Why This Is an Important Distinction

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