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Could Brushing and Flossing Add Years to Your Life? Marietta, GA

Could Brushing and Flossing Add Years to Your Life?

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Your daily oral hygiene habits do more than just fight bad breath and keep your teeth white. In fact, brushing and flossing your teeth can actually help you live longer. Your oral health is often considered as a window to your overall health – and for good reason. The bacteria in your mouth doesn’t always stay there. Research has indicated that oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream, causing inflammation and other disruptive issues elsewhere in your body.

Your brushing and flossing habits are key weapons against gum disease. Gum disease is essentially an infection within your gums. If an oral infection is not tended to, it can produce significant consequences within your overall health. Untreated gum disease has been linked to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults. When you take steps to avoid such issues, like proper dental hygiene habits, you can essentially be adding years to your life!

What Is Proper Dental Hygiene?

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each session. Always use a fluoride toothpaste that is marked with the ADA seal. In addition, you should floss on a daily basis. Your oral care should also include routine dental exams and cleanings, every six months for most patients. Lastly, a well-balanced diet that is low in sugar, acids and processed starches is recommended. The ADA Mouth Healthy website gives excellent oral care tips for each life stage here.

Want to live longer? Take care of your teeth and gums. Start the new year off right by scheduling your routine dental checkup at Gilreath Family Dentistry in Marietta.

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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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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