May 2019

Are You Considering Your Gum Health?

When thinking about your smile or your dental health, it is common to focus on your teeth. However, it is a serious mistake to neglect the part of your mouth that holds your teeth in place: the gums. The gums are soft tissues that, when healthy, give your smile a firm foundation. Unfortunately, when they are not healthy, your dental health as well as your body health is in danger.

Although it can be prevented with proper oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits, gum disease is a top oral health condition. In fact, periodontal disease affects up to 75% of people in the developed world in some form. Gum disease can be a mild and easily treatable form called gingivitis. However, it can also progress to advanced periodontitis, in which your teeth may lose stability and even fall out. Studies show that among those that have gum disease, only 2% are believed to actually seek professional treatment. It is critical that you recognize the signs of gum disease and seek professional care as soon as possible.

Periodontal Disease Warning Signs

Although it is possible to have gum disease without any symptoms at all, the major warning signs are:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender and/or swollen gums
  • Appearance of pus between teeth when gums are pressed on
  • Loose teeth or gums that seem to be pulling away from teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Change in your bite

What You Can Do to Prevent Inflamed and Infected Gums

Gum disease takes its foothold when there is excess bacteria and plaque lingering on your gum line and between your teeth. This irritates the gums, causing them to pull away from the tooth root. Without treatment, the infection within the gums spreads and can destroy the underlying bone and lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately, the consequences don’t stop there. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to stroke, heart attack, diabetes and premature birth.

How can we prevent gum disease? By making sure the mouth is cleaned daily of bacteria, food debris and plaque. This is done by proper brushing and flossing habits. It is also important to include bi-annual visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and x-rays. Your dentist can often detect signs of gum disease at its earliest, most treatable stages.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. We proudly offer periodontal treatments using the best that modern dentistry has to offer.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD – Atlanta Dentist
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752

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Six Reasons to Make Senior Dental Care a Priority

Smiling Elderly Couple Atlanta GAAs we age, it can become more difficult to care for ourselves. Unfortunately, one of the most neglected steps in personal hygiene involves dental care. Since we know that dental health is directly related to whole-body health, dental care must remain a priority through all stages of life – especially if you are considered a senior or aging adult.

Seniors are prone to certain oral health conditions, ranging from dry mouth to gum disease. These are not issues to be taken lightly, as they can lead to serious complications within the mouth and the rest of the body. Here are some top reasons to make senior dental care a priority:

Heart Disease
The link between heart health and gum disease is undeniable. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology reported that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease or heart disease.

Poor oral health almost always means excess bacteria living in the mouth. When this goes unchecked, bacterial droplets from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs and potentially cause pneumonia in the elderly.

The relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. In other words, poorly managed diabetes can increase your risk for gum disease, but gum disease can also hinder the body’s ability to properly use insulin and balance blood sugar levels.

Tooth Loss
If oral hygiene is neglected and gum disease goes untreated, the stage is set for tooth loss. In the elderly, missing teeth can limit proper nutrition, affect speech and quality of life and even create changes within the jaw bone and influence facial appearance.

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a very common side effect of several senior medications. Since we need saliva to keep our oral health in check, it is important to take extra measures with your dentist to increase saliva production and protect your smile from decay and infection.

Denture-Induced Stomatitis
Many seniors wear dentures, which doesn’t exempt them from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Poor fitting dentures, neglected dental hygiene and the buildup of Candida albicans fungus can lead to an uncomfortable inflammatory condition called denture-induced stomatitis.

Ready to see a Marietta dentist that specializes in senior dentistry? Call Dr. Wayne Suway. We know exactly what your oral health demands at every stage of life.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD – Atlanta Dentist
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752

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