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Cantrell West Dental is a one-stop, full-service, dental practice serving Little Rock and Central Arkansas.

Your dental health is important. It makes a difference in how you feel, how you look . . . and how you go about your life. At Cantrell West Dental, our top priority is the quality of your dental care, your comfort, and your satisfaction with our services.

Dr. Don Deems and the entire Cantrell West Dental team provide traditional preventive and diagnostic family dental care as well as leading edge cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a state-of-the art dental practice that emphasizes communication, patient comfort, and superb care and service.

Cantrell West Dental and Dr. Deems recognize that excellent dental care is about being at the forefront of new techniques and new ways of caring for your teeth and gums as well as building solid relationships with patients based on truthfulness, integrity, and caring. (Don’t take our word for it, though. Check real reviews from real patients by clicking on the “Certified Reviews” box above!)

Cantrell West is not your typical Little Rock dentist practice. When you come in for care, we help you understand your dental needs and available treatment options. We are proud of our tradition of excellence and innovation dating back more than 50 years since this practice was founded.

Dr. Deems is recognized as one of the top dentists in Little Rock and Central Arkansas by publications such as Active Years, and Cantrell West Dental is the only dental practice to receive the National Best Practices Honors by the American Psychological Association.

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Cantrell West DentalThursday, June 9th, 2016 at 2:55am
Antibiotic Prophylaxis Indicated Prior To Dental Treatment For Select Patients

Consumer Reports (3/18, Carr) reported that “new guidelines call for fewer people to get antibiotics before a dental procedure.” The article noted that updated “treatment guidelines for dentists (3/20) now advise antibiotics before dental procedures for only a few types of patients such as those with artificial heart valves, a history that includes a heart infection, or who were born with certain serious heart defects.” The article added that this means antibiotics are not indicated for most patients prior to dental work. provides additional information on antibiotic prophylaxis for heart patients. Additional information on antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients with prosthetic joints and orthopedic implants is also available at, which notes, “The American Dental Association has found it is no longer necessary for most dental patients with orthopedic implants to have antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infection.”
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Cantrell West DentalTuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 2:55am
Bruxism May Result From Anxiety, Stress

The Salem (OR) Statesman Journal (3/16) reported that stress and anxiety may cause bruxism, which can damage teeth and also lead to problems with the temporomandibular joints, called TMJ. The TMJ “are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth according to the American Dental Association.” The article recommended knowing the signs and symptoms of bruxism, such as increased tooth sensitivity, ear pain, or tight jaw muscles, and seeking regular dental care. provides additional information on bruxism and TMJ.
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Cantrell West DentalThursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 2:55am
More Adults Receiving Fluoride Treatments To Prevent Caries

NPR (3/14, Rancano) reports that use of fluoride treatments, a “standard practice for children’s teeth,” is “gaining traction” as an approach to also prevent caries in adults. “Prevention has always been a part of the world of dentistry,” says Richard Valachovick, president of the American Dental Education Association. “What we’re seeing is a generational shift.” The article adds that Dr. John Featherstone, dean of the UCSF School Of Dentistry, is promoting an approach that involves “measuring a person’s risk for caries, or tooth decay,” including “testing the level of bacteria in the mouth, looking at dietary habits, medical conditions, medications, saliva flow and history of tooth decay.” Dr. Featherstone found focusing on caries prevention helped reduce tooth decay in high-risk patients, and he says fluoride treatments can help reverse tooth decay if it is caught early. In addition, Wendell Evans, associate professor of dentistry at the University of Sydney, “recently published a study that found using these techniques reduced the need for fillings in adults by 30 to 50 percent.”
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Cantrell West DentalTuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 2:55am
Study Finds Association Between Gum Disease, Cognitive Decline In People With Alzheimer’s

BBC News (UK) (3/10, Howell) reported that early stage research suggests a link between gum disease and “a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.” The University of Southampton and King’s College London led the small study, published in PLOS ONE, which involved “59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate dementia.” After tracking the participants for six months, the study found “the presence of gum disease – or periodontitis as it is known – was associated with a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline.” Dentist Dr. Mark Ide from King’s College London said, “In just six months you could see the patients going downhill – it’s really quite scary.”
The Independent (UK) (3/11, Gander) reported that the research “builds on previous evidence which has linked periodontitis with higher levels of inflammatory molecules associated with deteriorated mental health,” adding that the study suggested that “the body’s inflammatory response to gum disease could explain the link between gum disease and cognitive deterioration.”
The Daily Mail (3/10, Macrae) also covered the story. provides additional information on gum disease.
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Cantrell West DentalThursday, May 26th, 2016 at 2:55am
Study Finds Association Between Tonsil Size, Risk For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Huffington Post (3/9, Bratskeir) reported that “the size of a person’s tonsils may indicate their risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which blocked upper airways cause breathing to stop and restart repeatedly during sleep,” suggests a new study published in the Saudi Medical Journal. Researchers also found another sign may be “tongue indentations, or teeth imprints on the tongue that suggest it’s too big for the mouth.” According to the article, “The findings are particularly important in the way they lend themselves to dental practice and education.”
In a release carried on EurekAlert (3/8), University at Buffalo orthodontic researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, who led the study, said, “Dentists see into their patient’s mouths more than physicians do and the signs are easy to identify.” The University at Buffalo said that if a dentist sees an enlarged tongue or tonsils they could then recommend the patient to a sleep medicine specialist.
Health Aim (3/10) also covers the story. provides additional information on sleep apnea.
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