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Oral Care for Your Baby Marietta, GA

Oral Care for Your Baby

It may be six months or more before you see your baby’s first tooth emerge and several months after that until they have a mouth full of teeth. However, that doesn’t mean you get a free pass on your baby’s oral hygiene until then. Many parents do not realize the importance of early preventative dental care for babies. Here are some answers to common parent questions about their baby’s dental care at home:

Should I Clean My Baby’s Gums?
Yes! Believe it or not, your oral care efforts should begin during infancy. Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, soft washcloth. This will not only remove bacteria on the gums but can also help you baby adjust and be more comfortable with tooth brushing habits later on.
What Is Best Way to Brush My Baby’s Teeth?
Start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as you see your child’s first tooth erupt. This is typically around 6 months old. It is important that you only use a tiny amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. When using such a small amount, there is no need to worry about rinsing or spitting. Buy a baby toothbrush with extra soft bristles. Your baby is likely to have other teeth waiting to emerge under the gum line so gentle massaging strokes will probably be more tolerated. As always, try your best to make tooth brushing a fun and rewarding routine, even at such a young age. Make a habit of brushing twice a day!
When Should My Child Visit the Dentist?
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend taking your baby to the dentist as soon as his first tooth emerges. Ask your dentist how early they suggest seeing your child. Gilreath Family Dentistry frequently sees children beginning at age 3. At this age, Dr. Gilreath is primarily concerned with developing good oral habits (brushing and flossing) as well as evaluating and treating any decay. Early detection and prevention is critical when it comes to your child’s teeth, about 40 percent of children have tooth decay by age 5!

Just like adults, your baby’s mouth is a critical component of their overall health. Always talk to your pediatrician or dentist about any concerns you have. Beginning an oral care routine in the very early months of your baby’s life will help establish healthy habits as they grow. Are you doing everything you can to ensure your baby’s smile is a healthy one?

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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