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Fabulously Flossed at Marietta Dentist Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Flossed Facts

  • Year commercial floss was first manufactured: 1882
  • Material it was first made of: silk
  • Amount bought per person: 18 yards
  • Amount that should be bought per person: 122 yards (figuring one foot a day)
  • Percent who say they floss daily: 28% (some are fibbing, according to the sales data above)
  • In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped.
  • 83% of people believe their teeth are more important to their appearance than hair and eyes

Why is daily flossing necessary?

Many may think that the purpose of floss is to dislodge food particulate from between our teeth. Though that certainly is a benefit, it is not the main reason for flossing daily.

After a thorough cleaning, the oral environment in the sulcus surrounding your teeth is about 50/50 good and harmful bacteria. However, the longer the bacterial colonies are left undisturbed, the more that ratio changes and the harmful outweigh the good. Why does this happen? Given time, the environment in the sulcus becomes more acidic and less oxygen saturated. With this combination, the harmful bacterial have the perfect environment to flourish, which they rapidly do. Therefore, it is when we introduce oxygen into the sulcus and physically disrupt the bacteria colonies, thus keeping them from producing acidic toxins, that we derive benefit from floss. Flossing facilitates our immune system by keeping our oral bacterial count at a manageable level. For that reason, daily disruption though flossing is necessary for oral health.

Is there any difference between types of floss used?

The cleaning value of floss changes depending on the individual needs of the patient. As long as the bacterial colonies are disrupted, whether it is by waxed, unwaxed, Glide®, UltraFloss®, or Soft Picks™, then it is possible to achieve oral health. For more information, call us at (770) 796-7081.

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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