At Murphy Dental Home, we believe that lifelong oral health should start as young as possible. In fact, we invite you to bring children one year old and older to come to our dental office for children's dentistry in Murphy, TX. As a mother of two, Dr. Gandhi knows just what to do to help even the rowdiest or shyest child feel comfortable and learn the importance of caring for their teeth and gums. With our patient, compassionate team, your child can feel right at home with us and know the best ways to keep their smile healthy.
Although habits like sucking on fingers, thumb, or a pacifier can be soothing for infants, if they continue as your child ages, their oral development can suffer as a result. For example, a child can get an overbite as a result of thumb sucking, potentially leading to orthodontic issues down the road. We can offer tips and advice for helping your child end these habits early on and help your child be set up for a healthy smile from the beginning.
First impressions matter, especially when it comes to children, which is why our team takes the time and effort to make your child’s dental visits as stress free and productive as possible. At first, we’ll spend most of our time getting to know them and helping them feel at ease with our team and check for any cavities. As they become more comfortable with us, we’ll add in cleanings to prevent decay in the future.
Did you know that most tooth decay occurs on the molars and premolars? These teeth have deep pits for grinding and chewing food, but debris, bacteria, and plaque can easily build up there over time, causing decay. Children can be even more vulnerable to cavities here because they are still learning healthy habits and can miss these areas in their brushing and flossing. After fluoride, dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities by providing a barrier between the enamel and harmful bacteria for up to 10 years at a time.
If your child plays sports, it’s important that they wear the right protection. After all, you wouldn’t let them play tackle football without a helmet or pads. These pieces of equipment reduce the risk of injury from an impact. Well, their teeth deserve the same protection! In any sport where hard contact is likely, including football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and hockey, your child needs to wear a mouthguard. Unlike store-bought types that don’t fit properly, we can create a customized oral appliance that softens blows to the face and protects teeth.
Dr. Gandhi always looks for even the very beginning signs of decay. When a cavity is caught early enough, we actually may not have to use a traditional filling to treat the problem. With silver diamine fluoride, we can actually kill the bacteria that are causing the cavity before they damage the tooth’s enamel. As a result, your child retains more of their natural smile and avoids the need for a filling or crown down the road.
Does your baby struggle to breastfeed? Is speech or eating a challenge? They may have a large or thick frenulum, or tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth and the upper lip to the upper jaw, and have restricted range of motion. This is often called a tongue or lip tie. Luckily, Dr. Gandhi can perform a simple frenectomy to get rid of a tongue or lip tie. Interested in learning more about this specialized service? Give us a call!
Primary (or baby) teeth have a much thinner layer of tooth enamel than permanent adult teeth, and as a result, they can be more susceptible to deeper, more serious cavities in a short amount of time. When decay has reached the pulp or center of the tooth, it can cause severe pain or infect the nerves of the tooth. Therefore, we can remove the pulp in order to save the entire tooth. Otherwise, extraction may become necessary.
Some children struggle with dental visits. Some have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time, while others feel anxious because of the unfamiliar surroundings. Regardless of the reason for their discomfort, we want to help your child feel completely at ease in our dental office, which is why we offer sedation options that are gentle and effective. With nitrous oxide, you won’t have to worry about the effects lasting a long time, and your child can leave with positive dental experiences and look forward to their next dental visit.
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