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Why Your Preteen’s Oral Health May Be at Risk Marietta, GA

Why Your Preteen’s Oral Health May Be at Risk

Marietta GA Children's Dental Care

If you’ve got a “preteen” in the house, or a child who is between the age of 9 to 12, you likely have a lot to consider as far as changes and parenting. However, it is important to know that these changes, including the ones in their body and their lifestyle, can put them at a greater risk for dental problems. As your child enters adolescence, you may have to put forth some extra effort to ensure their smile health stays up to par.

Along with new changes to the body, brain and emotions, your preteen will encounter extra risk factors for tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in every 5 adolescents has untreated tooth decay. Decay and gum disease are two of the most serious oral health problems, as they can lead to tooth loss and affect their overall health.

Why is decay and gum disease so prevalent in preteens? There are a couple factors that strongly contribute, such as:

Rising Hormones

We don’t have to remind you of your child’s raging hormones as they emerge adolescence, as you are likely feeling the effects of the emotional swings. But you may not know that your child’s change in hormone levels can also have a major impact on their gum health, which may present itself as red, puffy, sensitive or bleeding gums. In fact, “puberty gingivitis” peaks around age 11-13 and is the most common type of gum disease found during childhood.

More Independence

You are likely letting your preteen have a little more freedom, which includes making their own choices about eating habits and reminding them less about their oral hygiene responsibilities. While this is important for your child to learn independence, it often leads to more snacks and beverages that are sugary and acidic (such as sports drinks, sodas, refined carbs, etc). If they don’t stay on top of their brushing and flossing habits, this can wreak havoc on their oral health, allowing extra plaque and bacteria to accumulate – a perfect recipe for cavities and gum disease.

We know you and your preteen have a lot to think about these days. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to partner with you and ensure your child’s oral health doesn’t suffer through the challenging transitional years. We can recommend extra fluoride treatments, sealants or other preventive services to protect a preteen’s smile from the common changes that may sabotage their dental health. Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn more.

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!

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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.

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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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