February 2016

Your Diet and Your Teeth

dentalbridges“You are what you eat.” We have heard this adage a number of times in our lives, but do many people stop to truly understand the implications that this has on our oral health? The body is a complex machine made up of many different systems that work together and are dependent upon how each works. The foods that you choose to eat and the drinks that you choose to consume can affect your general health and the health of your entire mouth. While consuming an excess amount of sugar can make your waist line grow, it can also cause trouble to grow inside your mouth.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, and it is the single most common oral health care concern among people of all ages. The good news about tooth decay is that it is entirely preventable. The bad news is that it often requires a great deal of willpower.

Tooth decay is caused when plaque on the teeth comes in contact with sugar from the foods and beverages that we consume. We all have millions of bacteria in our mouths that work to break down left over food particles. These bacteria are meant to be brushed and flossed away at least twice a day so that damaging plaque does not buildup and cause tooth decay. However, not everyone takes the time to brush after eating. This allows the plaque on the teeth to grow and spread quickly. If, then, you decide to have a snack or candy or soda – the already present plaque on the teeth now has extra resources. The sugars from your snack or drink attach to the plaque and can cause damage extremely quickly, eating away at the tooth enamel and causing a cavity. It is important to control the amount of sugar that you consume, not only for your general health, but also for the health of your mouth.

Drinking plenty of water, eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, eating lean meat, eating low-fat dairy products, and making the time to brush and floss twice daily can greatly benefit the health of your mouth. “You are what you eat,” and if you want to be healthy, it is important to make healthy choices. With simple food choices, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings – you can help prevent oral health problems from occurring.

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Are Your Missing Teeth Aging You?

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The truth is, our bones need consistent stimulation to maintain their form and density. When it comes to your jawbone, your teeth roots are responsible for stimulation as you bite and chew on a daily basis. Each force prompts the bone to regenerate and retain its structure. Without teeth (and teeth roots), patients experience bone loss over time. In fact, in just one year after tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone width! After 3-4 years, patients may lose as much as 4 millimeters in the jawbone height.

If there is multiple teeth lost and bone loss progresses, the lower third of the face will eventually collapse and the lips will start to sag. This is due to the lack of jawbone support that the face once had. Consequently, patients may look prematurely aged and unhappy.

The good news is that there is a tooth replacement solution that prevents jawbone loss that causes this unwanted premature facial aging. Dental implants are designed to replace both the tooth and the tooth root, which gives your jawbone adequate stimulation throughout the day. Patients who choose dentures that are not supported by dental implants are still at risk for bone loss. Dental implants not only look more natural and feel more comfortable, but they have a success rate that exceeds 95%!

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please call Dr. Wayne Suway. If you have recently lost one or more teeth, time is of the essence when it comes to replacement. Dental implants require a certain amount of jawbone density in order to be placed. If you think you’ve waited too late and bone loss has already begun, you may be able to take advantage of bone grafting before your implants surgery.

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Dental Implants: When to Wait

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD Marietta GA Dentist When it comes to replacing missing teeth, it is typically the sooner the better. However, there are some prerequisites for getting dental implants and it may be necessary to wait until you are a stronger candidate for the procedure. This form of tooth replacement involves the surgical placement of a titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as your tooth root. The success of the dental implant is directly related to the ability for this post to properly fuse to the bone (osseointegration) and heal effectively. Therefore, a dentist must consider several factors to determine if a patient is a candidate for dental implants.

Here are some factors that may prohibit or interfere with successful dental implant placement:

• Unmanaged gum disease
• Heavy smoker
• Under the age of 21
• Lack of bone density
• Poor metabolic health
• Severe cardiovascular issues

It is very important to note that just because you can’t get dental implants now, it doesn’t mean you can’t get them in the future. Many times it involves waiting, either until you are old enough and your jawbone stops growing or until you’ve treated or managed a certain health condition. Other times, you may need to consult your implants dentist about a bone graft to restore adequate bone density. If you are a smoker, it is highly advised that you stop smoking entirely to facilitate proper healing and secure the longevity of your dental implants.

If you have been told you are not eligible for dental implants, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He is a reputable implants dentist who will help you understand why you may not be an ideal candidate now and tell you what steps you should take to be eligible for this life-changing tooth replacement solution in the future.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is proud to provide patients of all ages with dental sealants to protect their teeth. At your next dental cleaning, ask about how dental sealants can benefit your teeth.

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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

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There are commercials all over the TV promoting the benefits of mouthwash. However, if you have never been an avid mouthwash user you may be asking are they worth it and should you start using it? Bottles of mouthwash can be found in a variety of flavors, claiming to fight plaque, prevent tooth decay, freshen your breath, and even whiten your teeth. These are great benefits to your oral health (and perhaps your personal life), but is mouthwash really a necessary component of oral care?

The first thing that must be addressed is that there is no replacement for tooth brushing, flossing, or visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Not even the most powerful mouthwash could benefit the teeth and gums more than flossing, and nothing helps the mouth to stay clean and fresh like brushing the teeth twice a day. However, it is true that there are benefits to using a mouthwash. Keep reading to decide if mouthwash is something you want to add to your oral health care routine.

Mouthwash does, in fact, fight gum disease. Periodontal disease is an extremely dangerous condition that can cause irreversible damage inside the mouth. It can lead to tooth loss, bone degeneration, oral cancer, and even health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes. Using an antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol or chlorhexidine can prevent gum disease from developing because it helps to kill damaging bacteria and “wash them away.”

Mouthwash prevents and fights cavities. Fluoride is the main ingredient in most mouthwashes, and countless studies have proven that fluoride prevents tooth decay. Fluoride also strengthens tooth enamel, making the teeth much less susceptible to receiving cavities.

Mouthwash can also help to protect a pregnant mother and unborn child during pregnancy. Gum disease has a high occurrence in pregnant women due to large hormonal fluctuations. Bacteria that infect the gums can easily pass into the blood stream and put an unborn baby at risk. Women who have gum disease during pregnancy are at a much higher risk for pre-term labor and low birth weight babies. Using a mouthwash throughout pregnancy puts women at a lower risk for early labor.

Many dentists would not describe mouthwash as a “necessary component to dental health care,” but they cannot dispute its benefits. Choosing the correct mouthwash for your mouth is important, and Dr. Wayne G. Suway can help you determine what mouthwash is best for you. Call today!

Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been awarded a Mastership of Dentistry by the Academy of General Dentistry – a distinction held by less than 2,500 dentists nationwide. His wealth of knowledge and experience with techniques necessary for tooth restorations make him the dentist to trust in Vinings and the surrounding areas. Contact Dr. Wayne G. Suway and schedule an appointment.

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