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Your Teen’s Teeth Marietta, GA

Your Teen’s Teeth

We hear a lot about dental health for young children and are frequently educated on dental topics that adults encounter. However, it is important not to overlook the common concerns that teens face when taking care of their teeth. If you have a teenager in your home, you know the juggling act it takes to make it through a day. Teens are often involved in a long school day, sports or other extracurricular activities, chores and of course trying to maintain their social life. It might be easy to slack off on personal health and hygiene. However, making sure your teen is taking proper care of their teeth remains extremely important. Brushing and flossing twice a day for two minutes a day applies to your teenager too. Here are some reasons why teen dental health should be at the forefront of a busy schedule:

Cavities: At the teen stage, parents are probably not reminding their children to brush every night and morning. Furthermore, the amount of sugary drinks consumed typically increases, especially if you have a teen athlete drinking a lot of sports drinks during the week. They’ve got permanent teeth now that needs extra care. Neglecting to do so will result in tooth decay and other serious dental complications. Encourage your teen to at least drink water throughout the day to wash away the extra sugar sitting on their teeth.

Mouth guards: Speaking of sports, if your teen is involved in athletics, it is highly important that they are protecting themselves from dental or facial trauma. Did you know that an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to their teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard? It’s an easy way to save those pretty pearly whites, especially if your teen is just coming out of braces.

Bad Breath: Your teen will likely listen to you on this one. Teenagers who consume a lot of sugary food and drinks and are not brushing and flossing enough will often experience halitosis. In addition, it is common for teens who wear braces to find themselves battling a bad breath problem due to the accumulation of extra bacteria on their teeth. Remind your child to brush their tongue as well as their teeth to reduce that foul odor.

White Smile: As a teenager, your child might start becoming aware of the brightness of their smile. If they are diligent in brushing and flossing and careful to avoid staining drinks or foods, it is okay to ask your dentist about teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening has been approved for teens as well as adults as a fast, safe and effective way to get a brighter smile.

Although your teen is taking on many new responsibilities, it is still beneficial to gently remind them of the dangers of neglecting their oral health. Telling them about the unwanted visible appearances in their teeth due to poor dental hygiene is often all it takes to get their attention. It is also important that parents of teens continue to make their routine dental check ups and drive them to the appointments if it helps get them there. We know that parenting a teen can bring many challenges, but their dental health doesn’t have to be one of them.

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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