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Gum Disease: Is Your Teen at Risk? Marietta, GA

Gum Disease: Is Your Teen at Risk?

You may think of gum disease as an oral health condition that only adults face. However, patients of all ages are susceptible to gum disease, even children and teens. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up along the gum line. Once the infection sets in, the gums can pull away from the teeth and even lead to tooth loss if not treated properly. Gum disease is a serious matter that not only affects your smile, but you overall health as well. There are many systemic diseases that have been linked to gum disease.

If gum disease is not on your radar for your teen, it should be. In fact, there are some key influencing factors that are distinctive to adolescents, including the following:

The Cool Factor
Let’s face it. It’s not always “cool” to brush and floss as a teen. Whether it is a busy schedule, late study hours or peer influence, if your teen is not keeping up with his or her routine brushing and flossing habits, gum disease has an open invitation.
The Braces Factor
The teenage years are often the time to undergo orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, the brackets, bands and wires of braces make oral hygiene very difficult to maintain. Many young patients struggle with red, puffy gums while in braces. This can be diagnosed as gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease.
The Diet Factor
It is not uncommon for teens to snack on high-carb foods, eat candy or drink sodas and sports drinks. Unfortunately, these can all sabotage your teen’s smile, leading to plaque accumulation and gum disease.
The Hormone Factor
You may be well aware of how hormones influence your teen’s mood, but did you know they can also impact their dental health? Studies show that a spike in progesterone and estrogen levels causes increased blood flow to the gums of teen girls. As a result, her gums may become especially sensitive and prone to irritation during puberty.

With diligent brushing and flossing efforts at home as well as attending six-month professional cleanings at the dentist, your teen can overcome the risk factors that affect adolescents in regards to gum disease. Encourage your teen to drink water throughout the day, as this can be a powerful weapon to combat the common dietary habits of teens that can be a detriment to their smile. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to care for your teen’s smile. We also offer post-ortho refinement to ensure the teeth and gums are restored to optimal health after braces.

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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