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I Don’t Eat Sugar, How Can I Have a Cavity? Marietta, GA

I Don’t Eat Sugar, How Can I Have a Cavity?

Marietta GA Dentist

Whether you just don’t have a “sweet tooth” or you have chosen to cut sugar out of your diet for health reasons, it can be confusing to hear you have an area of tooth decay despite your avoidance of sugar. The truth is, sugar is not the only culprit to cavities. Acidic foods and drinks as well as carbohydrates can also lead to weak spots in your tooth enamel and eventually create an area of decay.

Regardless of whether you consume sugar or not, we all have bacteria living inside our mouth. When we digest carbohydrates, the debris that is left behind on the teeth becomes a feast for that oral bacteria. Keep in mind that this food debris can be in the form of refined sugar, like those found in candy and desserts, as well as healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains!

As the bacteria feed on the carb debris, they produce acids. Once acids come in contact with your saliva, the inevitable formation of plaque occurs. Plaque can be considered the real source of cavities. We accumulate plaque on our teeth after every meal. In fact, it forms on our teeth within minutes after we eat. While we can brush and floss plaque away before it hardens, if it is not removed in a timely manner, it can erode the hard outer layer of your tooth (enamel). This creates tiny holes in your teeth, known as cavities!

If a cavity is neglected, the plaque and bacteria can further destroy your tooth, eating away at each layer until it penetrates the tooth pulp, or the center of your tooth. At this stage, you’re likely to experience severe sensitivity or pain, as the tooth center is where your nerves reside. If decay is allowed in the tooth pulp, you may need a root canal instead of a simple dental filling.

While cutting out sugar from your diet is certainly beneficial for your oral health and body health, it doesn’t exempt you from cavities. You still need to practice diligent dental hygiene as well as visit your dentist for a professional cleaning. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque once it has hardened.

Schedule your plaque removal treatment at Gilreath Family Dentistry today. Our dental cleanings can not only prevent tooth decay, but they will leave your smile polished and refreshed!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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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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Marietta, GA 30060

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