Are Medications Ruining Your Teeth?

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD - Vinings GA DentistGum disease, cavities, tooth decay – these are all unwanted aspects of oral health, yet they are common results for those taking many medications for health conditions and diseases. We have all seen the list of side effects that comes with our medications, but how often do we take the time to read it? If we did, we would be aware of the fact that there are serious complications that can occur to the teeth and mouth. It is always important to tell your dentist of any medication that you are taking so precautions can be taken to prevent serious oral health issues. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is dedicated as a compassionate dental expert who takes all areas of his patients’ health into consideration.

Dry mouth is one of the most common oral health side effects of over 600 medications prescribed in the United States. While dry mouth may seem like no more than a nuisance requiring you to feel as though your thirst is never quenched, it can actually have a negative, long-term effect on the teeth. Saliva is a critical component for the mouth to function as it should. While it may seem strange to call spit a necessity, it actually is. Saliva removes food particles from the teeth, it helps to balance the pH level of the mouth, and it has antibacterial properties that fight against the bacteria that form on the teeth. For people who suffer from dry mouth, the lack of saliva production can quickly lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Wayne Suway can help you find a solution to your dry mouth so that your teeth remain healthy.

Medications are designed to treat certain conditions, yet they can bring about others that are unwanted. Finding the balance between medicines that work and ones that do harm can be a daunting task. Let the team at the dental practice of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD help you find a solution that works. We are dedicated to our patients’ complete health and we look forward to serving you.

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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.