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The Fluoride Basics Marietta, GA

The Fluoride Basics

Fluoride has a complicated and somewhat controversial history. However, most dentists agree that you need it. What is fluoride and how much do you really need to protect your smile? Here’s some information to help you understand this important mineral for your teeth.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in the Earth, but it can also be made synthetically in a lab. Fluoride is known for preventing tooth decay, especially in children whose teeth are extra vulnerable to damage. It works by helping to rebuild or re-mineralize the enamel of the tooth, which is the outermost layer of protection.

Where Can You Get Fluoride?

Since 1945, fluoride has been added to the American water supply. This is after scientists discovered its benefits towards preventing tooth decay. According to the CDC, as much as three-quarters of the United States get fluoride in their main water supply today.

Fluoride can also be obtained from toothpaste, mouthwash and your dentist. Special fluoride treatments are often a part of your child’s preventive treatment plan. If you aren’t sure that you or your child is getting enough fluoride, ask your dentist. While too much fluoride can be harmful, not enough fluoride can leave you vulnerable to disruptive dental problems. Tooth decay is the leading cause of missed school days in children.

Who Benefits From Fluoride?

Everyone needs fluoride, but there are certain groups of people who can benefit more than others. If you fall into one of the following categories, ask Dr. Gilreath about fluoride treatments or ways to get more daily fluoride:

  • Children (up to age 16)
  • People with gum disease
  • People with a history of multiple cavities
  • People with bridges, crowns, or braces
  • People who drink primarily bottled water
  • People with certain water distillation or treatment systems
  • People who have a private water supply

Want to learn more about fluoride? Call Gilreath Family Dentistry. We love helping patients protect their smile through all stages of life!

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!

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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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