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7 Habits That Ruin Your Smile Marietta, GA

7 Habits That Ruin Your Smile

Poor brushing and flossing can certainly result in dental complications. However, your oral hygiene routine is not the only factor that keeps your smile healthy. Even the most diligent brushers engage in everyday habits that wreak havoc on their teeth. Here are 7 habits to avoid to ensure your smile stays both healthy and beautiful; some are obvious while others may surprise you.

  1. Smoking: Not only will chronic smoking damage your lungs, it easily discolors your teeth, produces bad breath and makes you dramatically more susceptible to gum disease.
  2. Nail Biting: It can be a tough habit to break, but chronic nail biters can have teeth that are worn down as well as jaw problems. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people who bite their nails pay an average of $4,000 in additional dental bills over their lifetime!
  3. Ice Chomping: Like nail biting, frequent crunching on ice cubes will eventually wear down your tooth enamel and can even chip your tooth. If you have fillings in your mouth, you are even more at risk for tooth damage when you chomp.
  4. Cough Drops: Although throat lozenges are medicinal, most of them have a lot of sugar. If you are one that frequently sucks on cough drops for long periods of time, that sticky sugar is allowed to sit on your teeth as an open invitation to tooth decay. Look for sugar-free cough drops to ease your throat and still protect your teeth.
  5. Brushing Too Soon: This one may be surprising. Brushing too soon can be harmful if you have just consumed acidic food or drinks. Allowing at least an hour for your own saliva to neutralize harmful acids on your teeth before you squeeze out the toothpaste will help you avoid a tooth brushing session that is too abrasive for your tooth enamel.
  6. Piercings: If you buy in to the trend of a lip or tongue piercing, you are putting yourself at risk for a full list of dental problems. They can create infection, bleeding and swelling of the tongue and gums. Furthermore, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) states that tongue, cheek or lip jewelry can cause ‘chronic injury to adjacent teeth and mucosa (inside of cheeks, lips, taste buds), including tooth fracture, and gum recession, which can lead to tooth loss.
  7. Mouth guard Neglect: Mouth guards are not just for football anymore. Statistics show that using a mouth guard in sports dramatically decreases mouth-related injuries. Your dentist can fit your athlete with a custom mouth guard that fits comfortably and provides full mouth protection during any game.

Gilreath Family Dentistry is committed to helping patients identify habits that are adversely affecting their dental health. Break those bad habits now and your smile will thank you in the future!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

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Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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