As your trusted Little Rock dentistry providers, we at Tracy T. Windham DDS General Dentistry are here to help you achieve a healthier smile. We’re proud to offer a comprehensive selection of efficient dental treatments and services in order to meet that goal. We also place an emphasis on patient education and want you to be aware and knowledgeable about your dentistry needs both when you’re in our Little Rock, AR office and throughout your daily life as well. That’s why we’re glad to help you with any questions that you may have about the field of dentistry. For your benefit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive along with their answers.

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

h-smile4.jpgA. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

Q. What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

A. If you are a patient of record, please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular business hours, we will do our best to work into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number. 

Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A. Adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, specifically the back of the mouth, which can be hard to reach. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes.

Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

A. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. With each use, the bristles become worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your brush sooner. Typically, children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.

Q. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

A. Generally, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered toothbrushes. Children may find brushing with a powered toothbrush more exciting. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use.

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

A. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.

Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

A. No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent dental decay.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We also provide various financing options through CareCredit and Lending Club

Contact Your Little Rock Dentistry Providers

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is glad to help you in any way we can. If you’re in search of dentistry in Little Rock, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to give us a call at (501) 664-6888 if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us. We can’t wait to see you and treat you to a healthier smile!