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Do Your Kids Only Drink Bottled Water? Marietta, GA

Do Your Kids Only Drink Bottled Water?

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It should be no surprise that drinking water is essential to the health of your body. But did you know that your teeth need water too? While any type of water is good for rinsing away sugars and helping to neutralize acids in your mouth, tap water offers additional benefits compared to bottled water. If your kids only drink bottled water, they could be missing out on the cavity-fighting powers of fluoridated tap water.

Tap Water Vs. Bottled Water

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that community water fluoridation is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Tap water contains small amounts of fluoride, and we know that fluoride consumption is proven to prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in children and adults, according to the American Dental Association.

How does fluoride fight cavities? Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel and even remineralize teeth damaged by acid. Unfortunately, the majority of bottled waters contain little or no fluoride.

Ways to Get Fluoride

If you prefer that your family continue drinking bottled water, don’t despair. You can still get adequate amounts of fluoride in other ways. First and foremost, use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Next, inform your dentist about your lack of tap water consumption. Professional fluoride treatments are available for both children and adults. Last, there are fluoride supplements if your dentist still thinks your kids can benefit from more of this cavity-fighting mineral.

Keep in mind that while fluoride is an important way to prevent decay, it is not the only method of retaining a healthy mouth. Limiting high sugared foods and drinks as well as brushing and flossing on a daily basis are also critical steps to a healthy mouth. Your child should be seeing a dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Is it time to schedule your appointment? Call Gilreath Dental Associates today!

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

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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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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