Kids Rule at Portage Pediatric Dentistry with Welcoming Spaces + Tailored Care

Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Portage Pediatric Dentistry Goes the Extra Miles to Inspire Smiles

Let’s face it: kids aren’t generally thrilled to visit most dental offices.

Thankfully, Portage Pediatric Dentistry is not like most dental offices, and Dr. Jody Wrathall is not like most dentists.

With a welcoming, family-friendly space and a compassionate, pediatric-focused dentist, your kids may be requesting their dental checkups just to visit.

Portage Pediatric Dentistry treats infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs in a state-of-the-art dental facility. They take great pride in creating a fun environment for children that may have more anxiety about visiting the dentist.

Portage Pediatric Dentistry

More Fun from the Moment You Walk into the Office

Patients come first and it is evident the minute you enter through the door at Portage Pediatric Dentistry.

Put aside any images of sterile, medical offices: Doctor Jody ensures her patients have a welcoming, child-friendly space:

Kid-Friendly Office Features

• Saltwater fish tank, filled with beautiful coral and colorful fish
• A running train through the back playroom
• Movie of the Day plays during every appointment
• Visits to the Tooth Fairy door
• Prizes after every visit
• Two playrooms

The saltwater fish tank features colorful fish and coral
The waiting room playroom includes a massive magnetic wall and toys
The second playroom near the treatment chairs features a massive Lite Brite and train

Meet the Dentist

Dr.Jody Wrathall

Dr. Wrathall’s ties to the community run deep, as she grew up in Portage and graduated from Portage Central High School before attending Western Michigan University for her bachelor’s degree. She became the owner of Portage Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 after Dr. Deppen retired.

Jody’s husband Doug is a Spanish teacher in Mattawan and they have three children.

Education & Credentials

Dr. Jody received her dental degree (D.D.S.) in 2010 and master’s degree (M.S.) in pediatric dentistry in 2012, both from the University of Michigan. She achieved her Board Certification from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2013.

Kids Love the Special Care at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Portage Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to making all patients feel comfortable, whether your child is one who can’t wait to sit in the dental chair or one who needs some additional time and attention. Parents can rest assured that their kids are in capable hands.

Portage Pediatric Dentistry offers handouts and suggestions online for how to make a visit more comfortable. They utilize sensory baskets, sunglasses and blankets to help kids feel more at ease. The staff receives regular training on special needs.

Find Kindness in Their Approach

Kindness, not fear, reigns supreme at the office. Each appointment is tailored to the individual child, where they will receive the care, compassion, and understanding they deserve. This will help them, and you, know exactly what’s going on at all times.

Children are encouraged to look at their own x-rays and be in charge of their own health.

My goal is that every child and parent receive not only exceptional dental treatment, but also feel like a part of our dental family.  We are dedicated to tailoring your child’s appointment to their individual needs so they leave feeling cared for, understood and excited to come back.  Yes, going to the dentist can be fun!” Dr. Jody says.

The Solea Laser Helps with Fillings & Frenectomy Comfort

One of the most helpful tools at Portage Pediatric Dentistry is the Solea laser. This laser helps make fillings a breeze- no drill and no needles!

Dr. Jody also performs frenectomies in-office using Solea, to treat both tongue ties and lip ties.

 Community Advocates

Dr. Jody takes pride in educating children on the importance of preventative care for healthy teeth and talks to youth at area schools. The office works with other local dentists to adopt methods for dental care that are less invasive for the patient.

Normally, the Tooth Fairy helps lead the charge on special events and visiting preschools. But due to COVID-19, these programs are on pause.

Instead, Portage Pediatric Dentistry helped the Kalamazoo community by donating some supplies for the local hospitals.


Finding Your Child’s Dentist is Easier Than You Think

Portage Pediatric Dentistry is centrally located in Portage, off Old Centre Road. Call their office or schedule your appointment online:

Portage Pediatric Dentistry

3020 Old Centre Road, Portage, MI 49024
Portage, MI 49024

Portage Pediatric Dentistry Logo Jan2022


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