For a children’s dentist you can trust in Marietta, GA, call Dr. Leia Porcaro of Grateful Dental. We are a family dental practice that serves children and adults of all ages. Our dentist and staff offer high quality dental care for children delivered in a supportive, caring environment. It is the goal of our family dental practice to help each and every one of our patients achieve a healthy, attractive and long-lasting smile.

At Grateful Dental, we understand the challenges and opportunities associated with caring for children. A child’s experience at the dentist as a child will shape the way they feel about the dentist as an adult. We consider it a privilege to provide dental care for your children and we will work hard to make your child’s visits to our office as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible.

East Cobb Pediatric Dentistry

Grateful Dental Care provides complete pediatric dentistry for the residents of East Cobb and the surrounding areas. Following are some frequently asked questions regarding children’s dental care:

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to see a dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday

What should I expect on my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The dentist and staff will try to establish a rapport and trust with your child. We will examine your child’s mouth and teeth and will look for any signs of dental problems. Our pediatric dentist will also talk with you and your child about brushing, flossing, fluoride, etc. and help you establish a routine for good dental hygiene at home.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Baby teeth are important because they help children speak clearly and chew naturally and they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt into the mouth.

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful to a child’s teeth?

If they go on for a long period of time, these habits can become a problem, however, most children stop these habits on their own. If your child is still sucking his/her thumb or using a pacifier past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by a dentist.

How often does my child need to see the dentist?

A dental checkup every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Your dentist can tell you exactly how often your child needs to visit the dentist based on his/her personal oral health.

When should we begin using toothpaste?

As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice a-day using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively and will need assistance. They should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

How do sealants work?

Sealants fill the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of teeth. This keeps foods particles from getting caught in the teeth and causing cavities.

How can I help prevent tooth decay in my child?

Take your child to the dentist regularly beginning with the eruption of the first tooth or no later than his/her first birthday. Your dentist may or may not recommend fluoride treatments. Practicing good dental hygiene at home combined with regular visits to a dentist is the best way to help prevent tooth decay in your child.

If you have other questions about caring for your children’s teeth, contact our Marietta Children’s Dentist at Grateful Dental today to schedule an appointment. Our practice is currently accepting new patients and we would welcome the opportunity to provide dental care for your family. We work with many dental insurance companies and are happy to file dental insurance claims on your behalf. We look forward to helping your children achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles.