PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

We take your child's heath to heart.

One of the longest-lasting benefits of a healthy smile during childhood is the foundation for a healthy self-image. A healthy and attractive smile brings higher self-esteem and increased confidence, especially for children and teenagers, and we all remember what it was like making friends at that age. Dr. Murphy strongly believes that kids deserve healthy smiles that they’re proud to show off.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
 
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend establishing a dental home by the time your child is one year old. During this first visit, your attitude is extremely important because it will help shape your child’s perception of not only our office, but dental visits in general. If you are not sure what to do, just let us do all the talking! We use kid-friendly vocabulary that explains everything we do in a fun and non-threatening manner. We even allow our patients to touch many of the items that we will be using so that they have some control and feel empowered during their visit.
 
Prevention
Prevention is a fundamental part of childhood dental care because it enables us to diagnose and treat problems early. We want to resolve issues before they get more serious and minimize the time and money you spend on dental care.
 
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants work by filling in grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth where food particles get caught and cause cavities. The application is fast and comfortable, and sealants can effectively protect your child’s teeth for many years.
 
Custom Athletic Mouthguards
Dr. Murphy can create a custom-fitted soft plastic mouthguard to protect your child's teeth, gums, lips, and cheeks from sports-related childhood injuries. Athletic mouthguards can even help prevent severe injuries to the face, jaw, and head.
 
Dental Health Habit Counselling & Appliances Available
"Comfort sucking" is perfectly normal for infants and toddlers, and many stop by the age of two. However, if these habits persist, they can create crooked teeth or bite problems. The constant pressure from a pacifier, thumb, or finger can cause the upper front teeth to tip toward the lip or not come in properly, which in turn affects your child’s bite, jaw, and bone growth. If the habit continues beyond age three, a professional evaluation is recommended. We understand that the topic must be treated with patience and sensitivity, and Dr. Murphy will gladly suggest ways to gently address any habit.