September 2018

The Importance of Dental Care for the Aging Adult

Smiling Elderly Couple Atlanta GASenior adults can face a wide range of health issues as their body ages. While it is important to focus on the nutritional intake and physical capabilities of the geriatric population, the condition or health of their gums and teeth should never be ignored. In fact, their oral health can directly impact their overall health in several ways, including cardiovascular health, pneumonia, diabetes and other serious concerns. In addition, dental problems such as root decay, dry mouth and even denture-induced stomatitis can be very uncomfortable for an aging adult.

How Age Impacts Oral Health

As we age, the body can break down in many ways, and this includes the mouth. While your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, it is common for older adults to face the consequences of poor oral hygiene and other damaging habits to their oral health. This may result in receding gums and/or tooth loss at a later stage in life.

But age in itself is not the only strike against your oral health as a senior adult. Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, can make brushing and flossing a challenge. In addition, many prescription drugs that seniors must take can cause dry mouth, which contributes to a range of dental issues. Lastly, cognitive disorders or Alzheimer’s can make older adults forget to brush altogether. These are all reasons that senior dental care should be a priority, either for the patient themselves or their caregiver.

The best way to combat senior oral health complications is to keep up with your routine dental exams. Dr. Wayne Suway is one of the few Marietta dentists who specializes in senior dental care. Give us a call today – there’s no reason why you can’t have a confident, healthy and comfortable smile at every stage of life!

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Dental Care Specifically Suited for Seniors

Marietta GA Dentist for SeniorsAs we get older, our bodies undergo many different changes and our teeth are no exceptions to change. Dental care that is specifically suited for seniors is vitally important for the teeth to last a lifetime. Dr. Wayne Suway has been providing exceptional dental care to senior patients for over 35 years. He understands that older adults face certain issues that can negatively affect their oral health. Denture wearing, certain medications, and health conditions that are more likely to occur later in life can all have a negative impact on the teeth. At the dental practice of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, senior patients can expect to find gentle, comprehensive care at each visit with an exceptional knowledge of the complex problems for mature and senior adults.

Decaying teeth are one of the most common issues that seniors face. Dental work done in their earlier years often begins to lose its effectiveness or has passed its length of expectancy. While many common issues do not have to be a natural part of growing older, Dr. Suway offers a range of restorative dental treatments for older adults. Dental implants, crowns and bridges, dentures, and full mouth reconstruction make up a selection of the treatments that are generally needed for seniors. Dr. Suway and his professional dental staff work diligently to provide the most comfortable treatment with the most superior results. Your smile can be preserved for years to come with proper dental care that is specifically suited for seniors.

If you are looking for a qualified, experienced, and caring dentist in Vinings, Buckhead, or the greater Atlanta area, please contact the dental practice of Dr. Wayne Suway. He has treated thousands of patients, and commits to giving each one the most personalized care in order to help them achieve and maintain the best possible health for their teeth and gums. Dr. Suway can help you no matter your age. To learn more about our senior dentistry options contact our practice today.

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Senior Dentistry

Senior DentistryAs people age, so do their dental care needs. Dental care for seniors involves unique considerations that have changed since patients were children and even as younger adults. The aging process affects the entire body, making it more likely for seniors to suffer from a host of oral health issues. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is the trusted name in Vinings as the source for gentle, comprehensive dental care for senior patients. He has over 30 years of experience, and he has treated complex problems for mature and senior citizen dental patients. Dr. Wayne Suway offers a variety of effective solutions for patients as they grow older that are specific to their stage of life.

There are a variety of dental issues that affect seniors at a much higher rate than younger patients. Tooth sensitivity, discoloration, gum recession, root deterioration, and tooth loss are all issues that many senior patients suffer from. While poor oral hygiene can be a cause, common medications for diabetes, cholesterol, heart related illnesses, and other conditions are often the root of the problem for oral issues. Dr. Suway believes that dental problems do not have to be a natural or accepted part of growing older. He offers his expertise to his patients so that he can help prevent oral health issues with proper care and treatment. Dr. Suway is well-qualified to treat even the most complex dental cases to both treat current issues and prevent new issues from occurring.

If you are a senior adult who is looking for a dentist to trust with the health of your mouth, contact the dental practice of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD. Whether you need extensive dental work or you wish to simply maintain the best possible health for your aging teeth and gums, Dr. Suway will exceed your expectations with his gentle, comprehensive dental care.

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Senior Dentistry

Senior Dentistry in Marietta GASeniors are at risk for a number of oral health problems. As we age, everything in our bodies age, too – including our teeth and gums. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is a dedicated dentist who provides exceptional care to senior patients and who specializes in the specific needs of the aging mouth. Years of wear and tear can affect the entire oral health, and many additional dental treatments are necessary. Dr. Wayne Suway provides experience and a gentle demeanor in providing his patients with comprehensive and advanced care.

Dr. Suway has over thirty years of experience with comprehensive senior dental care, including restorative treatments and cosmetic dentistry options. Many seniors experience darkened teeth as they age. This is caused mostly by the changes in dentin, the bone-like tissue that underlies the tooth enamel. For non-smokers, a lifetime of tooth staining foods and beverages can cause the teeth to darken. Dry mouth is often a common complaint among seniors. Dry mouth is caused by a decreased amount of saliva; many common medications (cholesterol, diabetes, heart medications, etc.) can cause dry mouth as a side effect. A mouth that is constantly dry does not get rid of the necessary amount of bacteria that forms which can cause increased plaque and tooth decay. Gum disease and tooth loss are also common among senior patients as flossing may become more difficult with aging joints and arthritis.

However, just because a patient is growing older does not mean that s/he has to accept a decline in oral health. Dr. Wayne Suway is dedicated to proving his senior patients with the care that they need to promote a healthy mouth. He is committed to offering exception care for patients of every age with a skilled approach and a gentle touch.

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Senior Dentistry

Teeth are meant to last people their entire lifetime. With proper care, good hygiene, and regular dental check ups they can. However, just as young, developing teeth need specific care, as people get older their teeth often require specific care as well. Teeth take quite the wear and tear throughout their lifetime from eating, talking, playing instruments, playing sports, and grinding or clenching. Often as adults get older they find that old dental issues that they thought had healed properly or been thoroughly taken care of in their younger years are now developing into dental issues that must be resolved in order to maintain proper oral health. Normal wear and tear along with previous dental issues can take a toll on the oral health as people hit their senior years. Dr. Wayne Suway is dedicated to the comprehensive care of the mouth, and he understands that many times seniors’ teeth require additional care and treatments.

Dr. Suway has extensive dental training, and offers his expertise in senior dentistry to all patients as they get older. For many seniors who have brushed and floss regularly, they may still face certain oral health issues in their senior years. Unfortunately, as our bodies age our natural remineralization process of adding minerals back into our teeth slows down dramatically. Therefore, cavities are more common in older adults. Tooth sensitivity can also increase due to gums naturally receding over time. Many medications cause dry mouth, and health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can affect oral health.

At Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, seniors receive gental and thorough care. He cares about his patients and wants to build a relationship of trust and care with all of them. If you are a senior looking for comprehensive care, call Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD for an appointment.

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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.