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Choose Your Gum Wisely Marietta, GA

Choose Your Gum Wisely

When it comes to chewing gum and your oral health, not all gum is created equal. Depending on the type of gum you choose, you can either harm your teeth or help them. Gum that contains sugar can obviously wreak havoc on those pearly whites, creating the perfect breeding ground for a cavity to form. However, there are plenty of sugar-free gum choices that have shown clinical evidence in preventing dental problems and facilitating a healthy mouth. Consider chewing sugar-free gum as a bonus to your oral hygiene routine but never allow gum to substitute for daily brushing and flossing.

How does it work? Chewing a stick of sugar-free gum after meals can be a great way to help rinse off plaque and neutralize acids on your teeth after meals. In doing so, sugar free gum can protect your tooth enamel. The physical act of chewing as well as the flavor of your gum will induce a significant increase in saliva flow inside your mouth. A saliva flow of up to ten times more than normal is common while chewing sugar-free gum. Abundant saliva aids in neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth and rinsing away food particles easily.

If you want to really choose the best gum for your teeth, you can take it one step further. Sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol has the added bonus of stopping the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which is a common oral bacteria that causes cavities. Xylitol will help prevent the cavity-causing bacteria from adhering to your teeth and is a great option for chronic gum chewers. It is important to know that although chewing sugar-free or xylitol gum can help prevent cavities, people with jaw disorders like TMJ will reap more consequences than benefits from chewing gum.

The next time you find yourself without a toothbrush or floss after finishing a meal, reach for a stick of sugar-free gum. Your mouth will thank you in more ways than one.

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

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


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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Marietta, GA 30060

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