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There is More to Your Spit Than You Think Marietta, GA

There is More to Your Spit Than You Think

Did you know that you will likely produce over 25,000 liters of saliva in your lifetime? That is enough to fill two swimming pools! Your spit, or saliva, may not be something you think about on a daily basis. However, you might be surprised to discover the many vital roles your saliva plays in your overall health. Saliva is more than just a watery substance that keeps your mouth moist. It serves as the beginning stages of digestion by helping break down food and swallow. In fact, you can thank your saliva for its ability to help you taste food and prevent bad breath. The proteins and minerals in saliva can protect your tooth enamel and are critical in preventing infections such as gum disease, since it can control bacteria and fungi in the mouth.

Your bacterial make up of your salvia can also reveal how prone you are to getting cavities. Saliva has always played an important role in your oral and dental health; now testing your saliva could be an indicator to more serious, life threatening diseases. Human saliva may be 99.5% water, but the other .5% of saliva’s’ makeup is gaining a lot of attention lately and is becoming more and more important. It may not be long before your dentist can start checking your salvia to determine important medical indicators for your overall health. Recent research studies have found a positive link between certain bacteria in your saliva and both pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.

Despite the valuable roles your salvia plays in your oral health and as indicators of your general health, it is important to also be aware of what the absence of saliva reveals as well. If you find yourself producing less salvia, you may be experiencing dry mouth. There are several causes of dry mouth including medication side effects, tobacco use, and open mouth breathing. However, certain diseases and infections can also be causes. Alzheimer’s, anemia, cystic fibrosis, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes all tend to reduce the amount of salvia in your mouth. Gilreath Family Dentistry is provides consultations to patients who concerned about how their salvia or dry mouth is affecting their oral health.

The next time you swallow that extra spit, you can appreciate the powerful benefits your saliva holds.

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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