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Why Aren’t You Flossing? Marietta, GA

Why Aren’t You Flossing?

Did you know that, according to the American Dental Association, only 50% of Americans actually floss on a daily basis? Even worse, up to 18% of Americans do not floss at all. This is staggering news considering that the Academy of General Dentistry claims flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque.

We have all heard the common excuses to flossing; perhaps you’re guilty of declaring a reason not to floss yourself. The truth is, there are so many different options in flossing and its ability to go beyond just regular brushing in cleaning your teeth make skipping this oral hygiene job inexcusable. Did you know that you are missing almost a third of your tooth’s surface when you neglect to floss. Harmful bacteria and plague accumulate from food stuck between your teeth. If left alone, plaque can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and other serious oral health problems.

Flossing options have grown greatly in the last 10 years. Today, there is a technique and flossing tool out there for just about everyone. You can choose between woven floss, floss embedded with fluoride, floss coated with Teflon®, uncoated floss, whitening floss, thin floss, thick floss and a variety of flavored flosses to suit you best. If you simply cannot manage floss at all, there are also floss holders and flossing machines that effectively remove plaque between your teeth such as the latest AirFloss by Sonicare, which is a great product for kids with braces or patients with dental implants. Your dentist can help you find a flossing plan that is right for you.

Simply put, when it comes to flossing, your excuses don’t stand a chance against the benefits and the vast range of flossing options out there today. Resist the urge to only floss before a dental appointment. Your gums will thank you!


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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Marietta, GA 30060

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