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The Sweet Tooth Threat Marietta, GA

The Sweet Tooth Threat

Maybe it is you or someone you know, but we’ve all heard the phrase “It’s my sweet tooth” as a lighthearted excuse to consume some extra sugar. The truth is there are some real health threats for those that have a sweet tooth, and it goes beyond cavities and obesity.

Sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay. When you consume sugar, either through drink or food, it is broken down by bacteria in the mouth to produce acid. This creates tooth decay, or a cavity. You may think that cavities are relatively harmless for your child as long as you get them filled. However, cavities are said to affect more than 16 million children annually, causing extreme pain and the inability to concentrate. Tooth decay can significantly affect your quality of life; more than 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are missed each year due to cavities. Sadly, this is largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental exams.

The link between your oral health and overall health is a strong one. For example,
poor oral health habits can result in uncontrolled bacteria in our mouths, as they feed on daily sugar consumption. This bacteria cannot only cause infection and inflammation in your mouth, but it can spread to the rest of your body, resulting in serious medical problems. Recent evidence suggests a noteworthy relationship between gum disease and diabetes. If your gums are inflamed, your body has a more difficult time regulating your blood sugar levels. Furthermore, The Journal of Periodontology and the America Journal of Cardiology published a consensus report that shows there is growing evidence of a link between oral disease, heart disease and stroke.

The message is simple; we must take care of our oral health in order to keep our overall health in check. In doing so, it may mean controlling your sweet tooth a bit more. Gilreath Family Dentistry helps patients commit to not only brushing and flossing daily, but also reducing unnecessary sugar from their diet. Limiting sugar consumption will lead to a healthier mouth, body and overall quality of life!

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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