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Plaque: Your Everyday Battle Marietta, GA

Plaque: Your Everyday Battle

We have all heard the word “plaque.” It is not a good word and too much of it means trouble. In fact, we engage in a daily battle against plaque when we brush and floss our teeth. But how much do you really know about this invisible enemy? And how does it really work to threaten your oral health?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria and sugars that forms on your tooth surface. First, you must understand that there is no way to avoid plaque completely, hence the common phrase “preventing plaque build-up” that we hear often. In fact, in as little as 4 hours after you brush your teeth, plaque starts forming again. The combination of saliva, food and fluid produce plaque that attaches to the teeth at the gum-line. Plaque causes cavities when the acids from plaque attack teeth after eating. With repeated acid attacks, the tooth enamel can break down and a cavity may form. Plaque that builds up will also trap stains on teeth, and it is the leading cause of gum disease. New plaque is particularly attracted to tartar, which is the hard, crusty deposit on your teeth from calcium and phosphate binding. A dental professional is the only one that can remove tartar and plaque that has bonded to your teeth. Therefore, regular six-month cleanings from your dentist are extremely important in your fight against plaque.

To fight plaque between your professional dental cleanings, it is imperative that you brush twice a day, floss regularly and avoid sugary, sticky and starchy foods. If you ignore your flossing routine, your plaque enemy will begin to build up in between your teeth or in areas your toothbrush cannot reach.

The next time you consider skipping your dental hygiene routine, remember the attack that plaque is making in your mouth this very second. Pick up your toothbrush, your teeth need you to fight for them!

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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