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The Truth About Fluoride and Your Child’s Smile Marietta, GA

The Truth About Fluoride and Your Child’s Smile

The buzz surrounding fluoride’s value for your dental health can be controversial at times. However, despite the few that believe fluoride is toxic, the large majority of dental professionals promote fluoride use for its unrivaled ability to prevent cavities, especially in kids. It is helpful to do your own research to discover the power of fluoride before you dismiss its importance for your child’s smile. After all, fluoride has been safely used in toothpastes for over 50 years, and the research speaks for itself!

How Fluoride Works

For teeth that are still developing under the gum line, fluoride is absorbed systemically. This provides the important function of strengthening the enamel before the tooth emerges. Remember that the enamel is the tooth’s outermost protective layer, and once it is weakened or damaged, it is more susceptible to decay and infection. Fluoride can also reinforce the enamel of existing teeth. In addition, topical fluoride (like those you’d find in toothpaste) can help remineralize portions of a tooth that are more vulnerable to tooth decay. You can get adequate amounts of fluoride in a variety of ways, including supplements, toothpaste, rinses, varnish (professional use) and fluoridated drinking water.

Boost Your Child’s Oral Hygiene

It is common for your child to receive a fluoride treatment as part of their routine preventative dental care. This accounts for the fact that children have a more difficult time removing plaque while brushing. Fluoride can actually penetrate stubborn plaque to deliver its protective benefits to the teeth.

Avoid Future Dental Pain and Expense

By preventing cavities through fluoride use, you’re helping set the stage of optimal dental health for your child as they grow. Less cavities means less dental visits, less pain and less expense. To learn how much fluoride your child should be getting, please give us a call at Gilreath Family Dentistry. The new guidelines from the American Dental Association have expanded fluoride toothpaste use to include children 2 years old, but only a smear of toothpaste should be used at this stage.

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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