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Toothpaste: How Much Is Too Much? Marietta, GA

Toothpaste: How Much Is Too Much?

If your children have ever seen a toothpaste ad or commercial, they have likely witnessed a very generous amount of toothpaste perfectly swirled across the bristles of a toothbrush. But is this really an appropriate amount of toothpaste, especially for a child? There answer is no. Your child should only be brushing with a “pea size” amount of toothpaste if he or she is between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. In fact, not only is that big glob of toothpaste not necessary to get the job done, it can actually be damaging to your child’s teeth. It can be difficult for a child to spit out large amounts of toothpaste. When your child ingests too much fluoride over time, it can lead to a condition called fluorosis. If It can during you notice your child’s teeth becoming chalky white or yellow and brittle they may be getting too much fluoride in their diet. Therefore, it is important for parents to monitor their children’s toothpaste use as well as be aware of how much fluoride is in your local tap water to best avoid fluorosis.

While we do need to be careful in not letting our kids overdose on toothpaste, it is even more important that we don’t neglect oral hygiene at a young age. Begin brushing and seeing a dentist as soon as you see that first tooth emerge. Parents can begin cleaning a baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping their gums with a clean washcloth. Furthermore, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has updated its guidelines to expand the use of fluoride toothpaste to include children younger than 3 years old. For these toddlers, only a smear of fluoride toothpaste is needed, no more than the size of a grain of rice.

A family dentist, such as Gilreath Family Dentistry, has the expertise you need to help you monitor the appropriate toothpaste use for your child. Using too much toothpaste is a common habit not only for kids who like to see the suds of toothpaste foam in their mouth, but also for adults who may think that more toothpaste will make their mouth cleaner. Now that you know the facts on how much toothpaste use is necessary, you might save some money on buying toothpaste in your home!

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!

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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