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Eating for Your Teeth Marietta, GA

Eating for Your Teeth

Most of us are well aware of the impact our food choices have on our overall health, including our energy, disease prevention, growth, etc. However, you may not realize that the health and look of your teeth are also affected by what you eat. Other than routine dental checkups, your job in oral hygiene goes beyond just brushing and flossing.

Foods can affect the teeth in many ways. They can either destruct or strengthen your teeth. If your teeth could talk, they would certainly ask for foods that give them support such as foods that dislodge plaque, reduce acid, encourage saliva production, or have a whitening or flossing effect. Did you know there are foods that actually have those oral hygiene capabilities? There are even foods that contain fluoride such as low-sugar powdered juices, dehydrated soups, processed chicken, powdered cereals and seafood.

Healthy teeth are usually good-looking teeth. So make sure your diet includes some of these foods that your teeth will love:

  • Dairy – The calcium alone in milk and yogurt are vital for teeth to maintain their structure. However, these choices in dairy are good for daytime snacks when you are not able to brush right away, as they do leave behind added sugar to sit on your teeth. Cheese is great for your teeth because it helps generate saliva in your mouth, which is your body’s natural defense against gum disease and cavities.
  • Fruits – Raw fruits have fiber and a lot of water that are ideal for the teeth and the oral cavity as a whole. Due to the increased salivation while eating fruits, the oral acidity will also will dissipate along with the ability for the bacteria to sustain in the cavity. In addition, fruits like watermelon and strawberries will provide vital nutritional elements such as vitamin C, which preserves healthy gums.
  • Vegetables – Veggies have the similar effects as fruits. However, they contain unique minerals such as Vitamin A, which is vital to tooth enamel. Carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good examples of vegetables your teeth will love.
  • Water – Yes, even water will do your teeth a favor. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and after meals can rinse off and floss off the potential decaying agents to protect your teeth and gums.

The next time you are deciding what to eat, think about your teeth. What foods would they love? Choosing a dentist, such as Gilreath Family Dentistry, that you can partner with to keep your teeth healthy at every stage of life.

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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