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De-Stress To Protect Your Smile Marietta, GA

De-Stress To Protect Your Smile

After the holidays, it is quite common if you feel like your stress level is coming down from an all time high.  However, if you are stressed on a daily basis, your body will start to respond.  Stress negatively affects all systems of the body including muscles, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous and reproductive systems.  But did you know that stress could also compromise your oral health?

When you have high levels of stress in your body, your immune system is lowered.  With a vulnerable immune system, it is  hard to fight off infections, especially in your mouth.  Therefore, stressing out makes you more likely to get gum disease, which is a chronic infection of the gums and supporting tissues.  Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth failure and eventually tooth loss.

We all have nervous habits we engage in when we are stressed.  Many people clench or grind their teeth when under pressure.  This condition is called Bruxism and you may even be unaware of your habit if you do it at night.  Clenching and grinding will wear down your teeth or cause Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders.  TMJ disorders can cause a myriad of symptoms including chronic headaches, ear pain, dizziness and more.  Many dentists, such as Gilreath Family Dentistry, offer custom mouthguards for patients to wear at night to help protect your teeth and jaw from bruxism damage.

While a dentist can treat your gum disease or give you a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding, it is most effective to treat these dental problems at its source.  If stress is the cause of your unhealthy smile, find ways to deal with it in a healthy way.  Physical exercise, breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and even laughter can help to combat stress in your life.  It may also be beneficial to talk to a mental health professional.  Eliminating unwanted stress from your life will do your entire body a favor, including your mouth!

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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