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Cavities: What’s Your Risk? Marietta, GA

Cavities: What’s Your Risk?

When it comes to tooth decay, we are not all on the same playing field. You may brush and floss just as diligently as your neighbor, yet have a higher threat for cavities. There are several reasons that can make your fight against cavities more challenging. Most causes are within your control, yet there are some you can do little about.

To evaluate your personal risk for tooth decay, check out these common cavity causes:

It’s true; you may be able to blame your parents for how prone you are to cavities. The shape and composition of your teeth are typically inherited traits, and they can affect your likelihood for cavities. Your teeth may have deep grooves that make it easy for plaque to build up, which can lead to decay. In addition, you may have been born with weaker tooth enamel, which makes your smile more vulnerable.

Poor Oral Hygiene
We hear this more than ever; poor brushing and flossing cause cavities. This is definitely a leading factor in tooth decay, but one you can absolutely control. Brush twice a day and floss every day. Also, be sure you to see your dentist for regular checkups every six months.

Just because you are not sucking lollipops anymore does not mean you always make wise food choices for your teeth as an adult. Any food that is high in starch and sugars are bad for your teeth. Avoid soda, sticky candy and sports/energy drinks to protect your smile from cavities. If you must indulge, rinse with water immediately following so that harmful sugars and acids do not linger on your teeth.

Dry Mouth
There are many causes for a dry mouth, including certain health conditions and medications. While it may be true that you cannot always prevent dry mouth, saliva still remains a valuable asset to fight cavities in your mouth. Your saliva neutralizes acids and washes away harmful bacteria from the foods you eat. Ask your dentist for remedies to help alleviate dry mouth and future decay.

Understanding your unique risk for cavities can help you take the necessary steps to prevent cavities. Don’t wait until you experience tooth pain or sensitivity to see your dentist. Most cavities can be detected early and treated easily before a more costly procedure (root canal) is needed.

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!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

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.

Lucia B.

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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