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The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Child’s Smile Marietta, GA

The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Child’s Smile

Caring for your child’s smile is a big responsibility. Your child’s teeth and gums will require specific care at various stages of their growth. Here are some general rules to follow to ensure you stay on track with your child’s oral health:

DO take baby teeth seriously. Just because baby teeth eventually fall out doesn’t mean you can neglect them. In fact, baby teeth are just as permanent teeth. They are not only placeholders to facilitate the proper eruption of adult teeth, but they can also harbor disease and infection that could threaten your child’s overall health if not properly care for.

DON’T wait until your baby has teeth to start practicing oral hygiene. Even if your child has a toothless grin, you’ll still need to gently wipe their gums after meals to reduce bacteria build-up.

DON’T use more toothpaste than is needed. From the time the first tooth emerges until you child is about 2 years old, only a rice-sized amount of toothpaste is necessary. Children 3 to 6 years old should use a pea-sized amount.

DO set a good example. Children are motivated by the behavior of their parents. So make sure you are practicing strong oral hygiene habits yourself, which should include brushing for two minutes, twice a day as well as flossing on a daily basis.

DO consider sealants. Sealants are an excellent way to protect teeth that are vulnerable to decay. This quick procedure involves placing a clear “sealcoating” material on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back molars.

DON’T let your child brush or floss independently too soon. Brushing and flossing require a certain level of dexterity and coordination to be done well. Therefore, keep doing the job for your child until you are confident they can do it correctly. As a general rule, children shouldn’t brush or floss alone until they can tie their own shoe, or around the age of 6.

DO schedule your child’s first dental visit early. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

When it comes to caring your child’s smile, Gilreath Family Dentistry welcomes the opportunity to help you. While we offer a full menu of pediatric dental services, we never overlook the importance of providing caring and personalized care to our young patients. If you have questions about how to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright, please do not hesitate to ask.

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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