Cannabis, pot, hash and weed are common names for marijuana. While once used only as a recreational drug, the medical and health-related benefits of using cannabis continue to show great promise. In fact, many states (not including Georgia) have legalized cannabis, which has undoubtedly increased the number of marijuana users nationwide. While different forms of cannabis have been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, epilepsy in kids, arthritis, sleep problems, migraines and more, it is important to realize the side effects that marijuana may have on both systemic and oral health.
While marijuana can be consumed in various forms (inhalation, oral and topical), the smoking of marijuana seems to produce the most serious and obvious setbacks within dental health. In fact, a study published June of 2016 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, stated that long-term medical marijuana usage increases risks of developing periodontal disease. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition and the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Other dental disadvantages and oral health risks from smoking marijuana include the following:
Lowered Immune System
The above setbacks are very consistent with those of smoking cigarettes, as any inhaled vapor or smoke can be harmful to the teeth, gums and delicate oral structures. Whether or not medical marijuana is morally right or proven effective, the proposed benefits must be weighed against the consequences it can produce inside your mouth. At the least, you should let your dentist know of your marijuana usage so that your dental health can be monitored more closely. Keep in mind that keeping your oral health in check can also mean protecting your body health.
To learn more about the impact of medical marijuana on your smile health, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta.
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
Believe it or not, chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth. While you may think a stick of gum is only keeping your breath fresh, there are several benefits it can provide towards the health and appearance of your smile. Scientific evidence proves that chomping on sugarless gum can increase your saliva production. This opens the door for a full range of oral health benefits, including:
Reducing Dry Mouth
Neutralizing Harmful Acids
Rinsing Away Food Particles
Remineralizing Tooth Enamel
Your spit is more helpful than you think. Not only does saliva help your food break down and digest more easily, it can also protect your teeth from decay. When acids, bacteria and food particles linger in the mouth, it creates an environment that fosters decay, disease and infection. Therefore, anything you can do to increase your saliva production is often advantageous for your dental health. Chewing sugar-free gum is an excellent example! This simple and easy task can also help remove dark-colored food particles and liquids that may stain your teeth until you get to your toothbrush.
The Fine Print is Important
There are two criteria you should know about chewing gum to benefit your dental health. First, always choose sugarless gum. Failing to do so may sabotage your efforts and cause harm instead of good. Second, be mindful about the amount of time you are chewing. Chewing places strain and pressure on your jaw muscles, or your TMJ. Excessive demand on this joint can lead to irritation, pain and dysfunction (TMJ disorder). If your gum habit is causing a sore jaw or stiff jaw, scale back the amount of time you are chewing.
ADA Approved Gum Options
Sugar-free gums that have the American Dental Association® (ADA) Seal of Acceptance are sweetened with artificial sweeteners that do not cause decay, such as aspartame, sorbitol, xylitol and mannitol. Some types of sugarless gum even help whiten your teeth and fight back on decay. If you prefer to keep a healthy smile, you can rest easy when choosing the following brands of gum:
Dentyne® Ice™ Sugarless Gum
Trident® Sugarless Gum
Wrigley’s 5® Sugar Free Gum
Wrigley’s Extra® Sugar Free Gum
Wrigley’s Orbit® Sugar Free Gum
Remember that chewing gum after eating does not serve as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Stay informed on easy ways to maintain a healthy and vibrant smile with Dr. Wayne Suway of Marietta.
Caring for your teeth and mouth are essential if you want your smile to last a lifetime. There are not many things that come easy or free for any of us in our lifetimes, and maintaining oral health is no exception.
In order to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy, it is important to have a plan. Below are ways to develop a good dental routine that will help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Each day millions of bacteria thrive inside your mouth. They create the sticky, white substance on your teeth known as plaque. These bacteria create acids that are responsible for cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you are helping to clean your teeth of these damaging bacteria so that they do not wreak havoc on your mouth.
Floss daily. It may surprise you to learn that flossing your teeth is even more important than brushing your teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot fit in the tight spaces between the teeth where bacteria thrive. It is in these tight spaces where food particles become trapped and bacteria congregate in droves. Flossing cleans out these spaces to prevent serious, and quick forming, damage.
Take care of your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a tool that you use to clean your mouth. If you are not taking proper care of it, you are simply putting a dirty object in your mouth – and that is not helpful. By rinsing it under fast, running water, allowing it to air dry in an upright position, and replacing it every 3-6 months, you are ensuring that your mouth will be cleaned well.
Visit the dentist regularly.Regular dental visits will help to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. You will receive a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque buildup, and your dentist will be able to examine your mouth for issues that may have developed since your last visit. These regular appointments will allow issues to be caught in their earliest stages so that early intervention may be started. Early intervention is the key to any treatment’s success.
Eat a healthy diet. A diet that is high in sugar will wreak havoc on your teeth. Bacteria thrive off of sugar, and the more sugar you introduce into your mouth, the more damage the bacteria will do. Diet drinks may contain artificial sweeteners – but it is important to note that they taste like sugar to bacteria. Bacteria cannot distinguish between real sugar and artificial sweeteners, therefore, they will do just as much damage from your consumption of diet drinks.
By developing a good dental routine, you are setting your mouth up for success. Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years, and he knows the importance of making your oral health a priority. Call our practice today to schedule an appointment for a thorough cleaning and exam.
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.
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.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Suway for ten years. Dr. Suway did extensive dental work for me over a period of several months, giving me a smile I can be proud of.
His gentle and informative approach made it easy for someone apprehensive about dentists to build a trusting relationship.
My wife and children are now patients of Dr. Suway as well. We appreciate the pleasant staff and calming atmosphere and feel that we have found the very best for our family’s oral health care.
Dr. Suway has been my family’s dentist for over 20 years and I highly recommend him to anyone who expects the best.
Dr. Suway and his staff are wonderful people and I always look forward to my six-month checkup! Imagine that – looking forward to a dentist appointment! He is friendly, fun to be around, very respectful of his patients, and most importantly, he is a perfectionist in the work he does.
I have put my full trust in Dr. Suway with my smile, my wife’s smile and both of my daughters’ smiles, and he has never let us down. My family is most grateful to Dr. Suway and his staff for their excellent service and we look forward to seeing them for many years to come.
I have been a patient of Dr. Suway since moving to this area in 1994. Based on his broad base of experience, Dr. Suway was selected to perform the continuing maintenance on my full bottom implants. He has always been very conscientious and professional concerning my dental needs, with particular expertise in administering painless injections.
After years of periodic pain in my right upper jaw that had been attributed to a sinus infection, Dr. Suway correctly diagnosed the problem as a mismatched bite. He replaced my original implants with a beautiful, creative design, which not only restored a pain-free bite, but minimized the expense because he was able to recycle much of the original hardware.
Dr. Suway has a friendly, professional staff and they are always responsive to my appointment needs – even on short notice.
Not only have I recommended Dr. Suway to my family, but I continue to return to him for my regular dental needs even after recently moving to Florida.
I have been an extremely happy patient of Dr. Suway’s since 1996 when I moved to Atlanta. Dr. Suway was recommended to me by my Periodontist. Dr. Suway has always been honest and helpful in defining a treatment plan for me that I feel comfortable with and trust.
Aside from the friendly atmosphere that he and his staff provide, he always does excellent work and makes sure I am comfortable.
One of the many things Dr. Suway has done for me, which I couldn’t be more pleased with, are the dental implants he put in. Magnificent job, cosmetically and functionally. I know and trust that anything I go to Dr. Suway for will be done right, look great and feel good.
My wife and I have been going to Dr. Suway since the 1980s. Over the years, we have recommended Dr. Suway to our friends and co-workers.
There are many reasons why we feel strongly about recommending Dr. Suway. His practice provides us with the highest quality of dentistry services, his attention to detail and perfection is outstanding, and we believe his depth of knowledge and expertise in his field are unparalleled. His staff are always courteous and make everything easy for us by filling out all the necessary paperwork with our insurance company.
I have had several major reconstructive procedures over the years. Dr. Suway spent as much time as needed with me to discuss the available options, costs and procedures so that I would feel comfortable as well as have all the necessary information I needed to make the best decision.
My smile has never looked better and I owe it all to Dr. Suway!
As a patient of Dr. Suway for the past 15 years I cannot sing his praises enough. He has and continues to exhibit extraordinary dental skills as well as a superior ability to communicate and care for the patient’s individually. I came to Dr. Suway with extensive gum disease. My mouth resembled a patchwork quilt with many missing pieces!
As I was referred to Dr. Suway by my Periodontist, I wondered what was in store for me. My intense feeling of dread was unbelievably changed with Dr. Suway’s reassuring and gentle care. At the time I believed my only option would be extraction with replacement by dentures – my worst nightmare! Not so! Dr. Suway very kindly sat down with me during my consultation and explained everything we needed to do to obtain great oral health and no dentures! He mapped out an extensive plan which includedgum surgery, multiple dental implants (the best thing ever!) with crowns and bridges.
He proceeded with our plan and I can only tell you and everyone he so kindly and carefully made me the happiest woman alive! I could actually smile and eat normally without feeling self-conscious.
Dr. Suway’s manner is extremely caring and professional. I continue my care with him and his outstanding staff. They go above and beyond to accommodate your schedule, not theirs.
Dr. Suway removed my emotion of dread forever and I look forward to seeing him.
My first visit with Dr. Suway was in February 1998 and I was a dental nightmare. He was very compassionate and informative, providing me with detailed alternatives.
Dr. Suway is meticulous, caring and his work is painless. The results were amazing! I have beautiful teeth and a great smile. Dr. Suway is the best.
Elizabeth L. Graham
I have been a patient of Dr. Suway along with other family members and friends for over 18 years.
I love his practice. I have been very pleased with all his dental work which includes crowns, bridges, implants, and fillings.
Dr. Suway has the highest standards of quality, ethics, and punctuality. He is always concerned with the patient’s complete satisfaction and comfort. His entire staff is wonderful and do everything to make your appointment a pleasant experience.
I would happily recommend Dr. Suway to anyone.
I have been a patient of Dr. Suway for over 20 years. He has always taken excellent care of my teeth.
I wasn’t happy with my smile several years ago and he suggested I get porcelain veneers. It was painless and I couldn’t be happier with my smile.
He has a professional staff and they treat me like family. I strongly recommend Dr. Suway to anybody who needs dental work!
Nadine & Joe Holcomb
Dr. Suway has been a great dentist for the past 25 years. His incredible medical staff are both professional and personal. Dr. Suway’s dental work is excellent and pain free. We send him lots of referrals.
Dr. Suway was recommended to me by friends and I have been a patient now for almost 30 years, I guess you could call me a charter member of his practice.
At my first visit with Dr. Suway I told him that I had thought about having my teeth extracted. He told me that I had chosen the wrong dentist if I wanted my teeth removed. That was the beginning of our relationship.
I have had surgery to remove a tumor in my neck, which resulted in bone loss in my jaw. With Dr. Suway’s expertise, I still have most of my natural teeth and a few implants along the way.
Dr. Suway is a very gentle dentist and cares about the health of your teeth and gums.
I would recommend Dr. Suway to anyone who is looking for the best dentist in town.
Dr. Suway has been a part of my family for years dating back to when my grandparents started going to him many moons ago. Now as the third generation, I love that he is my dentist and I enjoy going to my appointments! Can you believe I actually look forward to them?! He's pleasant, he's knowledgeable and he sings! I have a great experience every time I visit from the exceptional customer service to the comfort that I feel when I'm in the chair. I recommend Dr. Suway and his team to anyone searching for a great dentist! You will be glad that you did!
I called the office last week and they told me they were booked till next year. However, they said they would call me if they could accommodate earlier. I was considering elsewhere when I got a call from Tameisha to come in the same day.
What a incredible experience. They got me in a few minutes to my appointment.
My dentist was very polite, funny and was done in no time. I wish I stayed a little longer.
Dr Suway came out for a final walk around to make sure that I was ok.
I live in Florida and I would fly in for next appointment.
I left with a smile. I would definitely recommend this place to all.
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I've been a patient for over 5 years and love seeing Dr. Suway and his staff. 10 stars :)
Great Dentist and office staff . We have been patients for many years .
a year ago The best dentist I've gone to in awhile. He is very gentle and informative. The staff is amazing! The thing that is most shocking is that if ever you need to be numb for treatment, you don't feel the injection (shot). Also, I love a dentist who takes pride in his work and truly cares about his patients.
a year ago After more than a decade of horrible dental service experience, Dr. Suway is a breath of fresh air! He takes his time to ensure thorough work in a comfortable setting. His team is above-par in customer service and truly cares about their clients. By far the best dentist I've ever been to! And the initial consultation and exam is complimentary for new patients! I'm most definitely a lifelong client from this point forward
Attending for all my life pretty much, stayed healthy the whole time. Very nice and helpful. Can ask any question I want. Would recommend to anyone.
I have been going to Dr Suway for over 20 years. What I love about him and his associates is they're knowledgeable, so very courteous, and Dr Suway is a perfectionist, which is what you want in a dentist!
Best dentist in the world! I have been visiting Dr. Suway for many years for everything between regular cleanings, fillings, crowns and tooth extraction. I wouldn't trust anyone else to take care of my dental needs!! His staff is top notch and super sweet. The office vibe is always positive. Highly recommend !!
a year ago We have been going to Dr. Suway for 10+ years now as a family, and we have never had an experience that was short of excellent. In addition to going for regular care, a family member had an implant and he is very happy with the results. We are all very satisfied with both Dr. Suway and his staff.
Dr. Suway is a perfectionist and nothing less. He cares about all his patients by giving them equal attention and making sure he explains everything relating to their dental needs clearly with images and demonstrations. He himself and his staff are amazing down to earth people who are well educated and easy to talk to about any problems relating to your dental health.
a year ago I went to Dr. Suway with a good amount of pain in a couple of my teeth. His staff was extremely nice and helpful and was able to squeeze me in before the pain got worse. Dr. Suway was very friendly, delicate and answered all questions I had during the filling process. I would highly recommend Dr. Suway and his staff to anyone needing dental care.
Great office, great people, and highly recommend Dr. Suway. I've been going to Dr. Suway for years and have always had a great experience. I moved in town, but will definitely continue to make the drive to Marietta for all my dental visits.
My family and I have been Dr. Suway's patients for as long as I can remember. He always cares about us and treats us well. Not only that but he also cares about how our lives are and what we've been doing since we last saw him. He is a great dentist and I would recommend him to anyone who asked.
Dr Wayne is the only TMJ specialist that I trust! I highly recommend him not only for TMJ, but for any dental work. He is honest and gives you a straight answer. Every time I see him, I never wait more than 5 to 10 mins. He takes his time to speak with you, he is very knowledgeable and he has good sense of humor.
J. Nicholas G.
Dr. Suway's been my dentist for over eight years. Unlike many previous dentists and other health care professionals I visited, Dr. Suway and his staff are always very personable and make every visit comfortable. Even where I have had unexpected conflicts with my appointments, both Dr. Suway and his staff make every effort to accommodate my schedule.
It's always a pleasant experience at Dr. Suway's office. Dr. Suway takes great care of his patients. Everyone in the office is very friendly and make you feel comfortable. I've never waited in the waiting room for more than a couple minutes and parking is easy. I highly recommend Dr. Suway for anyone looking to go to a reliable dentist in Atlanta.
Dr. Suway and his staff do an awesome job! They are very helpful and easy to work with. I highly recommend Dr. Suway and his staff.
Dr. Suway is a real gem. I've been going to him for over 25 years and he has always treated me like family. My wife and two girls love him as well. He truly cares about his patients, provides exceptional dental care and just an all around good guy. Over the years, I’ve recommended Dr. Suway to many of my friends and family and they have all been equally pleased with his service and dental care.
There are many ways to describe the outstanding dentist Dr. Suway is. He is kind, caring, gentle, thorough, compassionate and actually has a sense of humor! His dentistry is nothing but exceptional! His first crown he did for me was in 1978 and it is still very funtiional and esthetically beautiful.
His staff is professional, courteous and very helpful in taking care of all my dental insurance needs.
I am so thankful I have found such a wonderful health care professional.
Dr. Suway and his staff do a great job making the unpleasant trip to the dentist not so unpleasant. I would highly recommend them for all your dental needs!!
He is very gentle and in tune to his patients needs. He also has a great sense of humor! Great guy!!!!!
I had a very good experience with Dr. Suway and his office. All of the people there were really helpful and I felt very cared for.
As a patient of Dr. Wayne Suway for several years, I give him the highest recommendation! Dr. Suway and his staff are thorough, friendly, and work hard to put me at ease. Dr. Suway is gentle and very knowledgeable. It’s so obvious that he loves what he does. The state-of-the-art office is clean, upscale, and relaxing. They even offer a salt cleaning that feels like a spa service for your teeth! I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Suway with complete confidence!
Great office because of the quality of staff and care.