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Does Your Fruit Juice Cause Cavities? Marietta, GA

Does Your Fruit Juice Cause Cavities?

New research suggests that 100 % fruit juice does not cause tooth decay in children. These findings were recently published from data in the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)1 in the US. Before you think you are off the hook as parents, you must know that all fruit juice is not created equal. Finding 100% fruit juice at your local grocery store may be more difficult than you think. Based on these recent findings as well as what we already know about the risk of tooth decay in children, your best plan to protect your child’s teeth should include:

  1. Know Your Labels. Many parents are confused as to which fruit juices are 100% juice, and therefore safe for kids to drink, versus those that are made from concentrate. Many store-bought fruit juices are made from concentrate, which means they contain a significantly higher amount of sugar and acid. These are two things that we do no want hanging around on our teeth.
  2. Use a Juicer at Home. If you want to be sure your child is getting the good stuff, make your own. Parents who juice can eliminate the worry of any added sugars that could cause tooth decay.
  3. Offer a Straw. For the times that you just can’t avoid a concentrated juice option, offer your child a straw. Sipping through a straw helps to avoid the contact between teeth and juice, which reduces the likelihood that acids and sugars will remain on your child’s teeth and produce harmful, cavity-causing bacteria.

The good news is that your child can still have fruit juice without a significant risk for tooth decay. However, parents must be educated and aware on the type of fruit juice that is safe. Drinking 100% fruit juice instead of its concentrated counterparts will result in many other health advantages as well. High amounts of sugar can lead to childhood obesity and diabetes. When in doubt, choose water for secure confidence in your child’s beverage of choice!

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!

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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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