Dental FAQs in Little Rock

What is dentistry?

Dentistry is a medical field that specializes in health of the oral cavity, including teeth, gums, and mouth.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

When choosing a dentist, you should look for someone who makes you feel comfortable and is willing to take time to answer questions and address concerns. Also, find someone who is willing to offer their recommendation for the best care of your teeth and your overall health.

Dr. Brad Jolly Sr., Dr. Scott Jolly, and Dr. Rebecca Barfield have all completed at least eight years of schooling and training to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems.

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

The mouth is the gateway to the body, so it needs to be as healthy as possible. Any infections or bacteria in the mouth are potentially able to spread to the blood stream and cause other health problems. Gum disease has been linked to numerous other conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pre-term babies, to name a few.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should visit Jolly Family Dentistry for regular checkups and cleanings at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your dentist will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups.

What happens during my first visit?

Your first visit includes radiographs (X-rays) that show all of your teeth, bone around teeth, and the jaw structure in one picture. Another set of X-rays would be a more up-close view, to check in between the teeth for cavities, bone around teeth, and/or tartar buildup around teeth.

What are the most common dental issues you treat?

At Jolly Family Dentistry, we treat most all dental issues, such as gum disease, cavities, root canals, crowns, whitening, partials, dentures, and implants. Depending on the severity of the problem, we will try our best to treat all issues in the office, but if necessary, can be referred to our team of trusted specialists.

How can I maintain oral health between office visits?

The best way to maintain oral health in between visits to our Little Rock and North Little Rock dental offices is to brush two to three times a day and floss/water pick daily. Drinking lots of water and limiting sugary drinks and starchy foods can also help reduce risk for decay.

Do I need to visit the dentist if I have braces?

Braces can trap food and plaque under the wire and around the brackets, which can lead to discoloration of the tooth after braces come off and even cavities around brackets. People with braces should have meticulous oral hygiene and should visit the dentist regularly to evaluate the health of the teeth and gums around the braces.

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Just give Jolly Family Dentistry a call! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

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