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OPEN SATURDAYS– 8:00am – 12:00pm Set Up Appointment
Early Dental Care
Normally the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums are sore, tender and sometimes irritable until the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits—they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.
While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This happens because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack the tooth enamel. Each time a child drinks liquids containing sugar, acids attack the teeth for about 20 minutes. When awake, saliva carries away the liquid. During sleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases and liquids pool around the child’s teeth for long periods, covering the teeth in acids.
INFANT’S NEW TEETH
The primary, or “baby,” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent (secondary) teeth into place when they replace the primary teeth around age 6.
Since primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, infants with missing primary teeth or infants who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Missing teeth should always be mentioned to your family dentist. The way your child cares for his/her primary teeth plays a critical role in how he/she treats permanent teeth. Children and adults are equally susceptible to plaque and gum problems—hence, the need for regular care and dental check-ups.
A CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, allow the child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
WHY PRIMARY TEETH ARE IMPORTANT
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
GOOD DIET AND HEALTHY TEETH
The teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities, so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.
INFANT TOOTH ERUPTION
A child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums—the lower central incisors are first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically erupt by age 3, but the place and order varies.
Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth—32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).
PREVENTING BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.
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Jeannie Villemaire Churchill Belew
Outstanding - none better for dental care from routine to complex. Many thanks to Dr. Mark Murphy and entire staff.
Sheila Corley Hutton
Thank you Dr Machen, Dr Murphy and Dr Gibson!!! You fixed my painful situation so fast!! I appreciate your honesty and professionalism! The best!
Samantha Wilhelm McGarrell
Great people spent the time needed and were understanding of me not having dental insurance. Will be back for more services in a few weeks.
Cambretta Del Goins Wilson
Always friendly, fast service, text and email reminders
Kimberly Garrett Brown
Victoria Lynn Harris Daley
Very professional and pleasant atmosphere and I was seen on the same day! Satisfied customer 😊
Julie Smith Treat
Deirdre Davis Reynolds
The doctors and staff here are fantastic. I've had a root canal and a few fillings done in the past month. They were great about getting me scheduled quickly since I'm moving soon. I've never had a long wait and all of my visits have been pleasant and pain free. Dr. Aundra Murphy and Dr. Bill Gibson are the best!
Suffering from sudden tooth/nerve pains and a coworker recommended I call Little Rock Family Dental. I called and got me right in that afternoon. Dr Gibson and the staff were personable and made me feel that they cared about getting me relief. Definitely a good choice to use them.
I absolutely love this clinic especially dr trammel and dr scallion. I had an infection emergency on a Saturday and dr scallion was able to relieve my pain and get me fixed up! I recommend them to anyone and everyone!
They did and excellent job on at last minute notice. Thanks to Gavin & Dr. Scott Scallion for making feel at ease. Just made this team my permanent dentists
Best dental office in Little Rock! Love the staff and Faculty!
Dr. Gibson and Lindsay his hygienist are absolutely wonderful. Dr. Gibson is very friendly and down to earth, and he's never tried to push any kind of procedure on me. Lindsay is also great and never hurts while cleaning my teeth.
Ruby Ann Dandridge
Great place to go. Everyone is friendly They took good care of me and made sure I was well and ok even after the procedure I had. Dr. Scallion was able to get one of the hardest, most difficult back molars I've ever had out without having to put me to sleep! Thank you everyone who helped!
My teenage kids are the 4th generation to go to LittleRock Dental. Tempe is THE best hygienist anywhere. All of the dentists who’ve treated my family are amazing too. I recommend this office to all of my friends.
Every time I’ve been here, I’ve been treated amazing. They explain exactly what’s going to happen and even explained why I had pain from a filling I had done elsewhere. I’ve had so many bad experiences from other dentists... i don’t plan on ever going anywhere else! Thank you all so much!
Tricia Kelley Peacock
Sam Edward Gipson
I started my day off today with an 8:00 a.m appointment for a root canal with Dr. Aundra Murphy, and his Dental Assistant Courtney. Anyway, I can’t say enough about the two of them, they were both very kind and extremely professional. Dr. Murphy made sure that I had absolutely no pain associated with my procedure and I didn’t. I would suggest to anyone looking for a new dentist office to definitely give this a office a try. Dr. Randy Machen and his staff are all top notch folks and their facility and equipment are very up to date second to none.
Dana Russell Duncan
I always look forward to getting my teeth cleaned and seeing Tempe at LR Family Dental.
Lisa Flores Scarborough
I have to see Beth every 3 months. She is so nice. It's always a pleasure coming to this dental office.
Tempe is the best hygienist!!! The whole staff is professional
Staff was wonderful and accommodating. I’m really not a fan of dental offices due to past experiences but these guys really are wonderful.
Consult today with Dr. Scallion was AMAZING!!!! Loved my previous dentist but since my insurance isn't accepted there, tried out this clinic and I can only say WOW!!! Every single person there is great and they seem to work so well together you'd think they'd read each other's minds! I'm sure I won't spell her name right, but LaShay and Dr. Scallion were all that and a bag of chips!!! And I got to eat a crispy taco!!! Heck ya!
This was my 2nd visit and the 1st visit was great- this visit was okay- I thought the tooth that was bothering me would be pulled but that one just needed a filling but the other 2 did have to come out. I have an appt on friday 10-6 to finish the job. LittleRock Family Dentist is great- Dr. Murphy is my Dentist.
Everyone was pleasant and easy to talk to. I felt really comfortable there, like everyone was a big family.
Sharon Tipton Bell
The best of the best!!! I wouldn't go anywhere else!!!
I love it there... Dr. Burnett is so hilarious 😂!! I got a tooth extracted and a getting a dental implant so he is the best😀😀😀
Always a excellent experience here!! Love them...been coming here almost 4 or 5years!
Vicki M Ashford
I love it! Been going there for a year now! Staff is friendly!
I had my teeth cleaned, they feel great! I love � this place!!!
LawDeme Tatum Sr.
Summer Reed Green
Love the environment, staff, everything! Always had a great experience, feels like home!
I absolutely love receiving dental care at Little Rock Family Dental. My dental hygienist is Tempe and she's absolutely amazing. Every visit seems like visiting family! They have really owned up to there name and I'm glad I found this gem! ��
Kimberly Doss Adair
Rebecca Fulenwider Clark
All the workers are very sweet and kind. Dr Martin Murphy is great.
I've known Dr. Machen for years. Great person, Dentist, and business owner. I've had several different things done at his office from teeth cleanings to a root canal. I wouldn't use a different dentist. My father recently had a problem and his dentist was out of town. Dr. Machen's team took care of him and now he and my step mom also use him as their primary dentist. They've taken care of my wife and multiple friends of mine and i've never heard a single bad comment. Looking for a new dentist, I'd highly suggest Dr. Machen and his team!
Jamie Pasternak Darius
Melissa McCormick Hudson
Tempe always does a great job! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
Physhuna L. Jones
I have been going to Little Rock Family Dental for years. Staff is great!
Megan Moix Cassil
Staff was awesome and super friendly. Definitely 2 thumbs up for Dr. Scallion and his crew.
I LOVE � MY DENTIST OFFICE, THE STAFF & ESPECIALLY MY DENTIST (DR. SCALLION)!! HE ROCKS!!!!
Dr. Machen and staff are great! I haven't had a cavity in 20 years because they take such good care of my teeth. I highly recommend for all your dental needs!
Megan Lee Crook
I've been a patient at LRFD for years and Natalie is an AWESOME Hygienist!!!!!!!😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
Was referred to Dr. Burnett and Dr. Quick by our family dentist, Dr. Dan Ballanger, for oral surgery on my son, and I was pleased by our entire experience. With such a busy schedule, what I liked most was being able to schedule his wisdom teeth extraction on a Saturday. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Loved my first experience here and will continue to come back. The dentist always makes me nervous but my dental hygienist, Clyde, and Dr. Scallion were super nice and informative, and the appointment with smoothly!
Ashley Griffith Fulks
I enjoy going to see Mrs. Tempe. She does a great job! I drive an hour here just for her!
Courtney Miller Salmon
May Ingram Daniel
No words can express how amazing this dental office is.
Sandra Bosley Mcclure
Dr. Gibson and staff at Little Rock Family Dental are exceptional!!
I absolutely love these people!!! They are very professional but also fun!! They really help me not be nervous. I used to be so scared of the dentist office but not anymore!! I love you guys and thank you for all you do for me!! Dr. Rachael Gibson is the BEST!!!���
Aaron Benjamin Brigman
Gunni Gay Gray
Stefanie Golden Davis
My first visit it was just a consult but so far so good I will be returning
Georgia Manning Lewis
Angelia Denise Harvill
Great friendly, clean environment. This place is amazing for someone like myself that is afraid of the dentist, they didn't judge me and kept me comfortable the whole visit
Very pleased at how determined they are to find the source of the pain. From check in to check out every staff member very helpful and pleasant.
Madison Margery Mueller
Great staff, and great service! The staff show genuine interest for your comfort.
Annette K. Fields
So yesterday I had to have a root canal done.... Well YES I as nervous due to the fact I hate going to the dentist, have always been this way, but I go because I l�ve to �... Needless to say, Dr. Murphy and his assistant made this visit so smooth and fearless. Thank you!!!!
Thank you so much for cleaning my teeth, Rhonda!! And it was great to see Dr. Gibson again! You guys keep me in the best condition!!
Misti Wisely Smith
Crystal Michelle Finley
Awesome staff! I highly recommend if you are looking for a Dentist!
I have beento this clinic in the past but when I visited on Friday to my surprise the experience was completely different , I was vvery uncomfortable , the oral exam before when I had gone the exam was patient sitting upright in a chair not reclining, a if I was being examined for a pap smear of something, won't be going back.
We've been with LR Family Dental for over 10 years now, and I can not recommend them highly enough. Every dentist I've ever seen is just wonderful. Dr. Machen has seen my family thru so much, and has always had the patience of a saint when my kids were so terrified and small. Dr. Scallion has always done everything that was needed in short order and with such kindness. My newest bestie is Dr. Tramel, who resurfaced my son's teeth to absolute perfection. If you need work done, this is the place!
Very professional and personal at the same time. My family has been going here for over 10 years. Nothing but good experiences to report.
Amy Gayle Reeves
They have a Great team here! Very nice and very Skilled in all their positions!!
Amber Lea Walton
Dr. scallion is the bomb! I will never use any other dental facility! These guys are stuck with me for life!
I love this clinic, I had a wisdom tooth that needed attention an oral sergion would have been $ 1,300. Some dentis would not touch it. I had severe pain all down my jaw line and all in my head and eyes, could not open my mouth to talk at times, BUT doctor Scallion took a look at the xrays and had that tooth out in a matter of minutes cost 57.00 after insurance. I'm a happy camper!
I am totally terrified of the dentist. Yesterday I went in nervous!! BUT, Dr. Scallion is the MAN!! He made sure I was comfortable, and understood what was going on. He did an awesome job. He has the most upbeat, and caring personality. Glad to say he's my dentist : )going on
This is the most amazing office I am terrified of the Dentist and they helped me work through my fear. Dr scallion is the best Dentist ever. He is comic relief as well. The hygienists are all sweet and make you feel so comfortable.
I called this office on behalf of a PWV resident who had a procedure yesterday. From Alexis who took my call to Dr. Scallion who followed up with a personal call, I could not be more impressed with this office. The resident had already been very complimentary of the care she received yesterday. Thank you Dr. Scallion for your f/u.
Kandis Neeture Bey
My husband needed an emergency extraction and I found this office online this morning. Within an hour we were in the office and by far this was the BEST dental office I have visited. Dr. Scallion not only extracted the tooth quickly, but provided some much needed laughter!! 🙂 We are moving our entire family to this clinic.
Kristi Sparks Hunter
I had been using the same dentist for 14 years but then he got where I never saw him . He seemed to be out of the office except for one day a week. I liked my hygienist but the price of everything went up and I ended up with a young new dentist after my expensive veneers were complete. I just wasn't important to him and new Randy. I got exam cleaning on special for 25% less. And I got in quickly. Not 30 to 60 days later
Jennifer Massey Birch
I recently fell and chipped my tooth, and Dr. Scott Scallion fixed me up. Everyone was so nice and I appreciate it so much!!!!
I came to this practice with lots of dental issues. The professionalism, care, technology and personnel makes this a standout dental operation.
Randy M Green
I came in from Texas to get my teeth cleaned! I needed a filling and the staff worked hard to get me in before I left to go back to Texas! Great staff, super friendly! Will always travel back to have my dental work here!!
Tony K. Butler
I drive from Norman, Oklahoma to visit this office. From the moment I first walked through the door, I felt very comfortable. Pleasant staff!! I have severe anxiety and I felt safe. Very nervous to have root canal, but things went smooth. I am back after three weeks to get crown. Will post anothet review after.
Lesley Self Hicks
LRFDC! Love! Love! Love! I've had to have quite a bit of dental work done and EVERYONE at this clinic has been courteous, professional and comforting. Highly recommended!
Linda Jordan Huggs
Most than an awesome dental office. Its the best in Little Rock!
Place and people were amazing. The docs there are top notch! I unfortunately have less than perfect teeth and was nervous about seeing the dentist. But when i had to have my wisdom teeth removed, i was in and out that day, pain free almost!! Thank you again for the awesome job!!
I just had a root canal done by Dr Aundra Murphy! There was no pain whatsoever and he made it a positive experience:) I highly recommend LR Family Dental!
I have had my wisdom tooth extracted from Dr. Scallion. He does an excellent job. If you don't have the money to see an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth removal, go see him and he will take care of you! I am a highly satisfied patient and would recommend him to anyone looking for a good dentist.
Karen Colvin Hatcher
I had problems for years in finding a dentist that would do corrective work for an epileptic patient. Most dentists would only cleanse my teeth, and nothing more. Little Rock Dental has not only been willing to provide major dental work for me, they have assisted when one of my front teeth were shattered on a weekend. I have continued to use them, even though it's a three hour drive to get there now.
The staff is amazing! They are very nice and are thorough on making sure you're comfortable and understand what the process is for your visit. I HIGHLY recommend the Little Rock Family Dental Care!
Great. ..very open, honest and gives you options and information. Everyone was nice and pleasant. I am over 45 and get anxiety issues when I have to go to the dentist, but they made me feel very calm and comfortable. Highly recommend them.
Daniel R. Solis
Very friendly and professional staff throughout. I was a new patient and they got me right in. Doctor Gibson is awesome and really made me feel comfortable. No more pain for me thanks to you guys!
Shallon Diane Rudder
love the experience and the wonderful people...
i work here... yo trabajo aqui!