Dry Mouth

Atlanta GA Dentist in ViningsAt some point, everyone experiences a dry mouth. Whether it is from not drinking enough water while exercising or having a stuffy nose that makes you breathe through your mouth, a dry mouth can be uncomfortable. However, for millions of Americans, dry mouth is a chronic condition that can pose significant issues to their oral health. Having a dry mouth literally feels as though all moisture has been sucked out of your tongue, cheeks, roof of your mouth, floor of your mouth, and gum tissues. If you have any of these feelings unexpectedly or for more than a few days, it is time to bring your dry mouth to your dentist’s attention.

Dry mouth is a condition in which the salivary glands inside the mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. An insufficient amount of saliva can cause a variety of issues that can be detrimental to your oral health. Saliva is rarely thought of, yet it plays a huge role in your oral health. Saliva helps to neutralize acids that are produced by the bacteria inside your mouth every single day. Saliva production also helps to wash away the bacteria before they adhere to your teeth and begin creating cavity causing plaque. A common side effect of dry mouth is chronic bad breath. When there is not sufficient saliva to rinse the mouth on a consistent basis, bacteria will dry up and will literally rot inside your mouth.

There are common causes of dry mouth:

  • Medications used to “dry up” a runny nose or nasal drainage can also dry up your saliva. If you experience an on-set of dry mouth after taking a new medication, speak with your doctor about changing your mediation.
  • Dry mouth is a common occurrence among those with diabetes.
  • Depression and anxiety are often linked to dry mouth.
  • The natural aging process can often be attributed to dry mouth; often due to hormone changes or the fact that older people tend to take more medications.
  • Tobacco use, alcohol consumption, excessive caffeine intake, and methamphetamines increase dry mouth symptoms.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. If you are experiencing dry mouth symptoms, please contact our dental practice today. Chronic dry mouth puts your oral health at risk, and we want to help you achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. We look forward to serving you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.