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Is Your Child Susceptible to Cavities? Marietta, GA

Is Your Child Susceptible to Cavities?

Baby Brushing Teeth Marietta GA

Did you know that tooth decay is the primary reason for missed school days in the United States? While cavities can develop on teeth at any stage of life, children are most susceptible. It is important to realize that cavities on baby teeth demand treatment just like they do on adult teeth. Untreated decay on primary teeth can threaten the health of permanent teeth emerging behind them, as well as compromise proper speech and chewing development.

While not every child will get a cavity, some are more prone than others. In fact, there are several factors that can make your child at an increased risk for decay. Some of these factors are within your control and some are not. The good news is that good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can be an effective way to prevent decay, even in cavity-prone kids.

The following can put children at higher risk of developing cavities:

Insufficient fluoride. Fluoride is vital to the prevention of cavities in kids. That’s why pediatric dentists offer professional fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that in addition to strengthening teeth, fluoride treatments can even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. Although the mineral is present in most toothpastes and water supplies, many children need fluoride application from their dentist to protect their growing teeth.

Diet. It is no surprise that most kids prefer a diet full of sugar and sweets. Unfortunately, excess sugar in the mouth provides a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. Limit sodas, carbohydrates and candy to keep cavities away. Surprisingly, too much fruit can also be a threat to your child’s smile health, especially if the fruit is highly acidic.

Dry mouth (xerostomia). Saliva does more than just keep your mouth moist. It is key in preventing cavities because it helps rinse away food debris, sugars, and bacteria in the mouth as well as neutralizes acids on the teeth. While dry mouth is typically found in aging adults, some kids are prone to xerostomia due to their allergy medication or other prescriptions.

Acid Reflux/Heartburn. Again, you may not associate this condition with a child, but children do suffer from disruptive acid reflux after eating spicy or fried foods. Stomach acid that travels up the esophagus and into the mouth can easily damage and weaken tooth enamel and make a child more vulnerable to decay.

Poor brushing and flossing. Younger kids may not have the dexterity to brush and floss correctly. In addition, older kids may try to skip or rush through their oral hygiene sessions. Whether it is habit or technique, poor dental hygiene is a leading cause of cavities!

Genetics. In some cases, the parents are to blame for frequent cavities. Your genes can influence how soft your enamel is, and it may also influence how your teeth are shaped. Teeth with naturally deep grooves are harder to clean and will attract more food particles, bacteria, and sugars.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we proudly provide preventative dentistry for the entire family. We offer routine cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and fillings to ensure your child’s growing smile stays healthy and strong. Call today to schedule your appointment.

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

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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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