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Halloween Candy: For Better or For Worse Marietta, GA

Halloween Candy: For Better or For Worse

Only a few short days until pounds of sugar will enter your house, all within reach of your children. Halloween candy threatens the health of many young smiles across the nation each year. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $2.2 billion on Halloween candy in 2014. It may be unrealistic to take away all of your child’s candy, so it becomes very important to understand ways in which you can make Halloween a little safer for their teeth. Parents can actually use this time to educate kids about which candy is better or worse for teeth. Help children understand that not all candy is created equal and teach them that even when it comes to candy, they can make good choices.

The stickier it is, the worse it is for your teeth. If you choose candy that sticks to your teeth then you are essentially gluing sugars to the enamel of your teeth. Over time, this produces acids and bacteria that cause cavities. Also, stay away from hard candy that could chip or crack your child’s tooth. Often children get impatient with their lollipops on Halloween and they chomp rather than lick. When plunging through your trick or treat bag, make wise choices. Choose candy that melts fast in your mouth such as chocolate, peanut butter cups or even powder candy. Even better choices are sugar-free candy and sugar-free gum, which promotes saliva production and neutralizes acids in your mouth.

Staying safe while trick or treating this week also means making safe choices for your teeth. Teach your children that you can still enjoy this holiday and indulge in treats, without harming your pearly whites. You can also send your child with a bottle of water to sip on throughout the night, which helps wash away harmful sugars and bacteria left behind from candy. Most importantly, do not let your overtired little goblins and ghouls skip their teeth brushing that night. Gilreath Family Dentistry proudly cares for your entire family’s dental health and we are committed to offering top quality pediatric dental services to keep your child’s smile as healthy as possible.

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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