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Do’s and Don’ts for Your Baby’s Oral Care Marietta, GA

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Baby’s Oral Care

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Many new parents falsely assume that oral care doesn’t start until their baby cuts teeth. This is an unfortunate mistake. The truth is, infants have other oral structures to care for and how well you do this can influence their future smile. Believe it or not, your baby started growing teeth in the womb – they just haven’t emerged yet. Ignoring your baby’s oral hygiene can lead to complications within both their primary and permanent teeth.

Here are some general rules for caring for your baby’s mouth from the start:

DO Clean Their Mouth Gently: Use a damp cloth to softly wipe down the gums and massage them in a circular motion.

DO Keep a Healthy Diet: The mouth deserves rich nutrients just as much as the body. Furthermore, sweet drinks and treats that are high in sugar and starch are what bacteria feed on.

DO Help with Teething: Your baby will want to chew on anything they can during teething. To avoid inviting unwanted germs in the mouth, be sure to buy teething toys that double as a cleaner, and make sure they are sanitized properly.

DON’T Put Your Baby To Bed with a Bottle: Whether it is formula, breast milk or fruit juice, a bottle in bed is one of the worst mistakes you can make for your baby’s growing smile.

DON’T Let Thumb-sucking and Pacifiers Continue Past Age 2-3: Ask your dentist about ways to break this self-soothing habit before it affects their bite and speech development.

DON’T Assume Baby Teeth Don’t Matter: The health of baby teeth can affect the health and eruption of the adult teeth behind them. Baby teeth hold the place for adult teeth and offer valued roles in chewing and speech development.

DON’T Miss Routine Dental Visits:Your baby’s first visit will be quick and painless, but it serves a critical purpose in helping your child get comfortable and acquainted with professional dental care.

At Gilreath Dental, we care about dental health at every stage of life – including infancy or when the primary teeth are just beginning to emerge. Be sure to schedule your child’s first dental visit with us by the age of 1, or within six months of the first tooth coming in. You’ll be surprised at what your baby’s oral care should include even when they are only flashing a gummy smile!

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!

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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