How Your Dentist Cares For Your Whole-Body Health

Dental Checkups Marietta GA Your dentist is trained to take care of your teeth and gums. But did you know that a trip to the dentist can also be a means to address health issues beyond your mouth? In fact, during a routine dental visit, your dentist may be able to detect a wide range of concerns throughout your entire body.

The mouth is considered the gateway into the rest of your body. Whether you realize it or not, symptoms can appear inside your mouth that can point to several different overall health issues, ranging from stress to heart disease and many conditions in between.

Dental Symptoms Linked to Stress

Stress can present itself in many ways throughout your body, including your mouth. Patients who are under excessive stress or anxiety may experience mouth sores, dry mouth and signs of teeth grinding (bruxism).

Gastric Conditions

How can your dentist know if you have stomach problems? When gastric conditions such as acid reflux and bulimia exist, there is often sign of enamel erosion on the teeth due to the highly acidic stomach acids that travel back up inside the mouth on a frequent basis. Bad breath and decay may also exist since oral pH typically is not balanced or neutral in such cases.

Whole Body Health Risks of Gum Disease

One of the most serious links between oral health and body health is rooted in gum disease. When the gums become inflamed and diseased, the infection can enter the bloodstream and harm the heart and other vital components of your body. Untreated gum disease has been associated with heart attack, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and premature birth. Therefore, if your dentist detects advanced stages of gum disease, you may need to take steps to protect your overall health as well as your smile.

A dentist’s ability to care for your whole body when treating your teeth and gums should foster assurance that those routine dental checkups are even more important than you previously thought. To schedule your dental visit in Marietta, choose Dr. Wayne Suway.

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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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.