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Your Dental Health During College Marietta, GA

Your Dental Health During College

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You are finally out of the house. There’s no longer a parent to tell you to eat your greens or a coach that keeps you running laps. While this situation can bring a great sense of freedom at first, it often leads to the “freshman 15” phenomenon, or the common tendency for students to gain weight during their first year of college. Studies suggest that this weight gain is due to a poor diet, bad habits and lack of exercise.

While the effects of a college lifestyle may be more evident on your body, they impact your teeth too. Poor dietary choices and other unhealthy habits can wreak havoc on your dental health. Here are some “college life” tendencies to watch out for if you want to get a good report from your dentist:

Sodas and Energy Drinks: Are you relying on these types of beverages to get you through the day? Even worse, are you sipping on them throughout the day? Your teeth and gums are getting a sugar and acid bath when you gulp down sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks. This can erode your tooth enamel and put you at much greater risk for cavities.

Tobacco Use: Whether you are trying to fit in or exploring your freedom, using tobacco is a devastating choice for your oral health. Whether it is smoked or smokeless, tobacco disrupts your mouth’s natural healing abilities and makes you more susceptible to gum disease. Smoking also leads to bad breath and tooth stains, which are not good attributes if you are trying to find your future mate.

Poor Oral Hygiene: College is also full of late night studying and rushing to classes and social gatherings. This may cause you to put regular brushing and flossing on the back burner. In addition, many college students skip their routine dental exams while they are away at school. Unfortunately, your dental health will suffer. Allowing plaque to build up and harden on your teeth and gums can create serious trouble within your smile, often leading to discomfort and costly treatment.

Need to schedule that six-month cleaning next time your home from college? Give us a call. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we love helping students of all ages maintain a healthy and confident smile.

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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