The brand-new building on the eastbound side of Highway 90 is the new home of Kenny Dental. Dr. Amy Kenny’s office may be new, but her family’s roots in Bay St. Louis are deep.
- by Kirby Rhodes
Back in December, Dr. Amy Kenny opened the doors of Kenny Dental on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis after she and her husband, Billy, a Bay St. Louis native, decided to move to the Bay. “We didn't give it a thought; there was never a question. We love the small town feel with the quirkiness that Bay Saint Louis has.” Kenny has been practicing in Gulfport for the last seven years but was thrilled to open her practice in the town where she lives.
Kenny was raised in Mobile, Alabama, and attended Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree That is also where she met her husband-to-be. After both graduating from LSU, Kenny moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated with her doctorate from the University of Alabama’s Birmingham School of Dentistry. Degree in hand, Dr. Kenny and her husband settled in the Bay with their family.
When asked why she chose dentistry as her profession, Dr. Kenny said she has never really wanted to do anything else, “I have always loved going to the dentist. When I was younger, I couldn’t sleep the night before my appointments because I was so excited about going.” Her mom still has a kindergarten project where Kenny said she wants to be a “Dintist” when she grows up.
“I have always dreamed of opening an office in the community where I live,” said Kenny. She remarked that moving her practice to Bay St. Louis was a much-needed breath of fresh air — to both live and work in the Bay.
With three children attending school here, contributing dental supplies to local fundraisers, and sponsoring little league teams, the Kenny family is deeply involved with the community. “Our goal is to be sure that the people of Bay Saint Louis and the surrounding cities have the adequate dental care they deserve,” said Kenny.
The Kenny Dental team is composed of five staff members, waiting to answer your questions, schedule your appointments, and greet you warmly as you walk in the front door.
Kenny Dental specializes in oral health care that grows with you and your family. Dr. Kenny and her team offer exceptional patient care, the latest dental technologies including a three-dimensional imaging machine, and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere to accommodate a wide range of patients. Additionally, they offer aesthetic treatment options like Botox, facial fillers, and in-office tooth whitening.
Dr. Kenny is passionate about her work. She loves being able to help patients feel comfortable, especially if they are embarrassed about their current dental health or if they have a fear of the dentist. Her goal is to work with her patients to achieve the best outcome possible. Kenny says, “I realize dentists sometimes get a bad reputation, but I want to change that thinking. The dentist doesn't have to be a scary place. Visits can be fun!”
February is Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month, with a motto of “Brush, Floss, and Smile.” Dr. Kenny reports on research suggesting that when dental care is introduced early, the patient's lifelong dental health exponentially increases. She said, “There is a big push to teach good oral hygiene at a young age.”
Dr. Kenny says one of the most common questions she is asked is, “When should children start going to the dentist?” Standard dental recommendations for infants are to visit the dentist within six months of their first tooth emerging, or around the child’s first birthday, whichever comes first.
Kenny Dental is accepting new patients of all ages. Stop by or call to schedule your appointment today.
1166 US Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis
Phone: (228) 688-0624
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
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