September 2016

Gingivitis

gum1Gingivitis is a serious dental health concern that often takes people by surprise. While the earliest stage of gingivitis is easily reversible and treatable, if it is left without intervention, it will turn into periodontal disease that has lasting, negative effects on your entire smile.

Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues supporting the teeth. It includes the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets. Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss, bone denigration, and other severe oral health consequences. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and it should never be ignored.

Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup. Plaque develops on the teeth each day due to the foods that you eat mixing with the natural bacteria within your mouth. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis by flossing and brushing, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Because plaque and tartar are made up of bacteria, they irritate and inflame the gums, causing the gums to become tender, swollen, and infected.

Symptoms of gingivitis include the following:

  • Gums that are tender and swollen
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing
  • Bright red gums
  • Mouth sores
  • A shiny appearance to the gum tissues

When gingivitis is caught early on, your dentist can help you reverse the effects. Your dentist will use a probe to closely examine your gums, and if it is determined that your gums are infected, treatment can begin right away. The first step is having your teeth thoroughly cleaned. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use different tools to loosen and remove deposits of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Most of the time, a thorough cleaning is enough to reverse gingivitis. With proper oral hygiene, your teeth can stay clean and healthy. Proper oral hygiene includes flossing every single day – this step must never be skipped!

If you are worried that you may have gingivitis, contact Dr. Wayne G. Suway in Vinings today to schedule an appointment. Your oral health is our highest priority.

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Is Your Medicine Cabinet Causing Your Dental Problems?

crowns-suwayIt can be frustrating and even confusing when the prescriptions you rely on to stay healthy are also damaging your smile. There are many medications that cause side effects within your mouth, symptoms can include altered taste, oral thrush, tender gums and burning mouth. However, there is one side effect that is most prevalent and most harmful: dry mouth.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common dental concern that can wreak havoc on your oral health over time. We all need adequate amounts of saliva in order to rinse away food debris and bacteria after we eat. Saliva also helps to neutralize acids within our mouth so that they don’t erode our tooth enamel and make us more vulnerable to decay. Dry mouth has been known to cause gum disease and tooth decay if left unchecked. Considering that both of these dental problems can lead to tooth loss, it is critical that you don’t ignore the oral health consequences of your medications.

Not sure if your medicine is causing your dry mouth or frequent need for dental fillings? Here is a list of common prescription culprits:

  • Antacids (Tums, Prilosec, and Alka-Seltzer)
  • Pain Medications
  • Antihistamines and Decongestants
  • High Blood Pressure Medication (Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diuretics)

At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we can help you investigate the root cause of your dry mouth, gum disease or tooth decay. If your medication is the culprit, there are ways we can preserve your oral health and still allow you to take the medications you need for a healthy body. If tooth loss has occurred at the expense of your medication need, we have a full menu of tooth replacement solutions, including complete implant dentistry, to restore your smile.

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Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

crowns-suwayPregnancy is a time of great expectation for parents of a growing baby – or babies! Pregnancy is also a time of great changes that occur quickly in an expectant mother’s body. Growing a baby requires a lot of effort, and the changes that take place during the nine months of pregnancy do more than just grow a baby and expand a woman’s waistline. Pregnancy causes huge shifts in blood volume, fat deposits, and hormones. It is the dramatic shift in hormones that put pregnant women at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the extreme inflammation or infection of the gum tissues, and it can pose life threatening issues to both the mother and her unborn child.

Every mouth is the home to bacteria-laden plaque that develops on the teeth throughout each day. Regular flossing and brushing are the best ways to prevent plaque buildup from occurring, but not everyone is diligent about practicing these habits. When plaque buildup occurs at the gum lines, the gums become swollen and tender, leaving them vulnerable to infection. Pregnancy hormones increase the vulnerability of the gums, putting pregnant women and their growing babies in danger. Women who take proper care of their gums throughout their pregnancies typically do not have an issue with what is referred to as “Pregnancy Gingivitis.” However, for women who are prone to gum infections or who do not take proper care of their teeth during pregnancy, they are likely to experience oral health issues leading to periodontal disease.

Research has shown a direct link between periodontal disease and pregnancy concerns such as miscarriage, pre-term labor, and low birthweight babies. The infection that causes periodontal disease easily passes into the blood stream, leaving the growing baby and the mother susceptible to the same infection. Once the bacteria cross the uterus, chemicals called prostaglandins are triggered, and labor is often induced at an inopportune time.

If you are pregnant or are trying to conceive, it is important that your oral health is in prime condition for you and your growing baby. Dr. Wayne G. Suway in Vinings, GA, has over 30 years of dental experience helping patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Dr. Suway truly cares about his patients, and he is dedicated to keeping your and your unborn child’s best interest in mind.

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