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Tooth Decay Prevention:

Begin daily brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth appears! Your baby’s teeth and gums should be cleaned with a soft, wet gauze pad or wash cloth after each nursing or use of the bottle. Nighttime brushing is the most important because this is when cavities begin. Do not put your child to bed with anything other than water! A soft bristled toothbrush with a very small head should be used to brush twice a day, and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after your child is old enough. We ask our parents to help with at least one brushing a day until age six, preferably the nightly brushing. Then please supervise brushing until your child learns to do a thorough job, usually around 7-10 years of age. Proper brushing of your child’s teeth removes plaque from all surfaces of his/her teeth. Once contacts between teeth develop, sometimes as young as age three, flossing should be implemented.

Healthy eating means healthy teeth! But be careful… Many foods can cause cavities, even some which are healthy! Monitor the frequency that your child gets snacks and drinks. The more often children snack and get juice or milk, the higher the risk of getting cavities. Water is always best between meals and snacks to help rinse out the mouth. Also be mindful of the consistency of foods. Sticky, chewy foods that have tendencies to get stuck in teeth, like raisins and granola bars, can remain on the teeth for long periods of time causing an increased risk of decay.

Sealants:

Sealants are an excellent way to protecting the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth that have never had a filling and do not have decay. They do only protect the chewing surface though, not between the teeth, so good brushing and flossing is still necessary.

The purpose of the sealant is to smooth out the grooves and crevices of your child’s back teeth where the plaque, bacteria, and food accumulate. Sealants fill up these grooves and allow food to slide off the tooth surface. A sealant is a white material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and protects them from decay by acting as a physical barrier between the enamel and plaque or food. Sealants are most commonly placed on permanent molars due to their anatomy, but other teeth may benefit from sealants as well.

Replacement of your child’s sealants may be needed after three to five years as normal wear, such as chewing, can weaken them over time. Regular six month check-ups are needed to evaluate the condition of the sealants and to evaluate if reapplication is needed.

Fluoride:

Fluoride is a natural element that is safe and effective when used appropriately, and can be very useful in preventing decay or reversing the early signs of decay. It works in several ways, including making your child’s teeth stronger against acid attacks from food and drinks, repairing minimally damaged tooth structure, and affecting the actual bacteria that cause cavities. Toothpastes, fluoride rinses, and in-office applications all work together to prevent dental disease. The dentist will discuss what fluoride regimen is best suited for your child.

The most important thing regarding fluoride treatment is the proper dosage! Too little fluoride and your child’s teeth may not be as cavity resistant. Too much fluoride in younger children with developing permanent teeth can lead to dental fluorosis and discoloration of your child’s teeth. In this situation, your child’s permanent teeth will have a chalky white to brown striated appearance. To minimize the risk of too much fluoride, monitor the amount of toothpaste used and encourage your child not to swallow. For some of our patients in braces, we may recommend a fluoride rinse or special toothpaste to minimize the decalcification and decay around brackets.

Bad Oral Habits:

Sucking is a natural reflex, and infants and young children may use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, or other objects on which to suck. It may make your child feel happy and provide a sense of security during difficult periods. However, oral habits that persist for too long can cause problems with the proper growth of your child’s mouth and tooth alignment, resulting in the need for future orthodontic treatment. How intensely your child sucks on a finger or a thumb will determine whether or not dental problems may develop. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouth are less likely to have problems than those who strongly suck their thumbs.

Your child should stop the oral habit by the age of 3, and definitely by the time that his/her permanent front teeth erupt. The longer the habit is kept, the more severe the alterations on jaw relations and tooth positioning resulting in several adverse situations, including but not limited to open bite, crossbite, and protrusion of teeth. Peer pressure may cause school-aged children to stop. However, there are several options that the Pediatric Dentist will discuss with you to encourage your child to stop the habit if it doesn’t resolve on its own.

A few suggestions to help your child stop his/her sucking habits:

  • awareness of the habit is the first step in ending the habit
  • use positive reinforcement by praising your child when he/she is not sucking, avoid scolding them when he/she is sucking as this may reinforce the habit because they might feel insecure
  • remind your child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock or mitten on your child’s hand at night
  • Children often suck their thumb when feeling insecure… focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety, instead of the habit. Often school teachers can be helpful in identifying stressful situations.
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Our Patient Reviews

Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 90 reviews

Kevin Hanners

If you are looking for a great dental experience, I would have to suggest Mansouri Family Dental Care. I have been coming here for quite sometime, and I have been incredibly pleased with the kindness and care received from this professional group. Before coming to Mansouri Family Dental, I did not have very positive dental experiences. I like this group because I always feel at ease. I go in knowing that the experience is going to be great.

Simone Teamer

Everyone is great here! This office is beautiful and welcoming. It's conveniently located in cobb county. Also they have free dental day which is great for the community

Magnolia Bellydance

Nicola is great! Super sweet and wonderful at her job. The whole staff is respectful and the building is clean and tidy.

Aschkan Sabaghi

A wise man once said, "There are 3 very important friends in ones life....Dentist, Lawyer, and Mechanic." Mansouri Family Dental care is no exception, they are Crème de la Crème! My mouth had an early start on WW3, but the war was thwarted before any real life havoc could grip its deadly disease on my health! For a very long time I was battling with a Root Canal ed tooth and it was constantly getting infected....at times the infection would creep its way into my lymph nodes where severe infection would occur and my body would become lethargic and continue its endless fight against proliferating bacteria inside my gum line. I was in dire need of help and feeling miserable and helpless. When things could not get any worse....the permanent Crown broke off taking with it the top of the entire tooth only leaving behind the deep embedded roots inside my jaw. There is nothing I have endured more than these roots driving me insane. I was broke, a student, and unsure of how I could resolve the issue. I contacted my wonderful friend Dodd Mansouri whom is the hygienist at the Mansouri offices and he assured me that all was well and that I was in good hands. God bless his heart!!! First, they quickly sprung into Hero action and personally contacted my Private Dental Insurance company to check and make sure that my procedures would be covered, when it came back that I did not have full coverage.....Mansouri office worked alongside me and helped me upgrade my insurance to full coverage...so my shallow pockets wouldn't burn to the ground. That was far too kind of them to chose to help rather than having me fix the issue myself like a chicken with his head cutoff! So the day finally came and I was due to make a grand appearance at the Cumberland High-rise location, and let me tell you....their offices is nothing short of Grand!! I mean I would literally just pay to go up there and look out through their windows with its mesmerizing views of all Atlanta, just WOW! Now to the matter at hand, after Dr.Mansouris' inspection of my warring mouth....he told me that the rotten tooth had also brought about damage to the tooth behind it and to the tooth in front of it. He said that the tooth behind it seemed far too damaged and that the best route of course was to also root canal that tooth as well. However I told him that I wanted to live to be a 100 and that I needed all my teeth and already having lost one was bad enough. I made the suggestion that if it would be possible if he could try and save that tooth instead of Root Canal. Now, even though his suggestion was the right one he did not try to convince me to have it root canal ed but instead he respected my wishes to want to save the tooth and he said that he would try his best and that if in the near future I would have any issues and pain with the tooth...that then we would take his course of action. Surely enough, he was able to save both tooth. (This review is incomplete, for remainder please check Yelp!)

Aneka Battle

From the receptionists to the dentist, everyone is friendly, professional and down to earth!!

Stanley Sequeira

Great experience and they definitely did a good job with my teeth. Amanda was my hygienist and she’s wonderful!

Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates

4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

(770) 973-8222