April 2014

Gum Disease Treatment

tooth_blogTender gums in the mouth can mean more than you just need to floss more often. Tender gums are often one of the tell tale signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, a condition that can cause many different medical problems. Gingivitis forms from bacteria and plaque build up on the gum lines and begin to eat away at the soft tissues inside the mouth. If gum disease is not treated in its early stage, it can eventually lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and overall health issues. Dr. Wayne Suway understands the importance of a healthy mouth, and he wants to promote a healthy lifestyle in his patients.

Tender or bleeding gums, a receding gum line, chronic bad breath, and loose or separating teeth are often signs of gum disease. Many people take these signs for granted and just assume that their mouths are extra sensitive. Well, in fact, they are. Mouths are extremely sensitive to plaque build up that develops between the teeth. Brushing alone can not remove the plaque that forms between the teeth, which is why flossing and regular dentist appointments are so important. Dr. Suway is here to help all of his patients learn to floss correctly so that they can prevent, or correct, gum disease in its early stage.

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease, call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway to make an appointment. Gum disease can be turned around with proper treatment and care with early detection. If your gum disease is past the point of correction, Dr. Suway is experienced and well respected for his treatment of gum disease. Your smile is meant to last a lifetime. By patterning with Dr. Suway, you can make it happen.

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Gum Disease

arestin-gun-disease-diagramGum disease is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Inflamed gums, gums that bleed easily, tooth loss, and/or persistent bad breath are all signs of gum disease. Many people pass these signs off as “typical” oral issues. “Everyone has bad breath sometimes, right? Of course my gums bleed when I floss, don’t yours?” Actually, healthy gums should not bleed when flossing, and bad breath that doesn’t go away is not typical. Much too often, people do not report their symptoms or signs to their dentist until the situation has gotten too far out of hand. Many people simply aren’t aware that gum disease can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. In fact, untreated gum disease can lead to even more serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease at its early stages are essential to maintaining optimal oral health.

The most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing the teeth are not suggestions given by every dentist. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing the teeth every day is essential to optimal oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove food particles, bacteria, sugar, and acid from the mouth. By removing these substances, the teeth are able to continue to thrive in an optimal condition. However, when there are food particles left between the teeth, bacteria form that breaks down the food. This bacteria turns the food particles into sugar, and the sugar left behind is then turned into acid that causes tooth erosion. This entire process can begin in less than 24 hours. That’s right, missing just one day of cleaning the teeth can start the process for gum disease and tooth erosion. That’s no joke.

By keeping up with an oral hygiene routine and by seeing the dentist on a bi-annual basis gum disease can be avoided for most people. For others who may be more susceptible to gum disease (e.g. genetics, smoking, certain medications), there is hope. When gum disease is caught in its beginning stages, further damage can be prevented. By keeping dental appointments, dentist are able to spot any signs of gum disease early so that it can be treated.

Bottom line: In order to prevent gum disease, you need to keep your dental appointments and keep brushing and flossing your teeth!

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Senior Dentistry

Teeth are meant to last people their entire lifetime. With proper care, good hygiene, and regular dental check ups they can. However, just as young, developing teeth need specific care, as people get older their teeth often require specific care as well. Teeth take quite the wear and tear throughout their lifetime from eating, talking, playing instruments, playing sports, and grinding or clenching. Often as adults get older they find that old dental issues that they thought had healed properly or been thoroughly taken care of in their younger years are now developing into dental issues that must be resolved in order to maintain proper oral health. Normal wear and tear along with previous dental issues can take a toll on the oral health as people hit their senior years. Dr. Wayne Suway is dedicated to the comprehensive care of the mouth, and he understands that many times seniors’ teeth require additional care and treatments.

Dr. Suway has extensive dental training, and offers his expertise in senior dentistry to all patients as they get older. For many seniors who have brushed and floss regularly, they may still face certain oral health issues in their senior years. Unfortunately, as our bodies age our natural remineralization process of adding minerals back into our teeth slows down dramatically. Therefore, cavities are more common in older adults. Tooth sensitivity can also increase due to gums naturally receding over time. Many medications cause dry mouth, and health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can affect oral health.

At Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, seniors receive gental and thorough care. He cares about his patients and wants to build a relationship of trust and care with all of them. If you are a senior looking for comprehensive care, call Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD for an appointment.

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Our Patient Reviews

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 40 reviews

Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.