October 2018

Can Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Dental Health?

Dental Patient Sitting in Dentist Chair Smiling Atlanta, GAIf you suffer from seasonal allergies, we know the struggle is real. This is the time of year that many people are hit with ragweed allergy symptoms. While you may think your allergies are only affecting your ability to breathe clearly, they may also impact your oral health. It is important that you recognize the ways in which your chronic or seasonal allergies are compromising your dental health so that you can correct issues in a timely manner.

Tooth Pain

Allergies can create inflammation within the lining of the sinuses, which in turn puts pressure against the nerves of the upper molars. This can result in a sinus-related toothache. In fact, many patients are unable to distinguish a sinus toothache from tooth pain that could be related to an infection, cavity or abscess. If your tooth pain increases when you bend down or if you also have tenderness in your cheek area, you are likely dealing with sinus pressure. However, if you are in doubt, always ask your dentist to evaluate it!

Irritated Gums

When sinus congestion makes it difficult to breathe through your nose, your mouth does all the breathing. This exposes the soft tissues of your gums to a drier environment than normal, which often leads to swollen, red or even bleeding gums in severe cases. If the mouth is dry, the gums are more likely to harbor plaque-bacteria, which triggers an inflammatory response from the body. Gum disease becomes a real concern if you consistently have a dry mouth due to allergies.

Cavities

Not only does mouth breathing contribute to a dry oral environment, but many antihistamine medications also decrease saliva production. Since we need saliva to rinse away sugars and harmful bacteria as well as neutralize acids in the mouth, a low saliva production becomes a threat for dental problems such as decay.

Bad Breath

Last but certainly not least, allergy sufferers are at high risk for halitosis, or bad breath. This is due to a dry mouth (greater amount of oral bacteria) as well as the foul odors of post-nasal drip and throat inflammation.

What You Can Do?

First and foremost, it is important that you get proper treatment for your allergies. Treating the root of your dental problems is always best. However, if your allergies persist despite medication or other treatment (and they often do), it is critical that you stay on top of your oral health. Do your part in brushing twice a day and flossing daily. See your dentist every six months to ensure gum disease and decay get detected and treated at their earliest stages. Your dentist may also prescribe a special oral rinse to combat dry mouth, which can combat a lot of the dental issues related to allergies. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we can help you take care of your smile despite your struggles with seasonal allergies!

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Diabetes and Oral Health: A Two-Way Street

Vinings GA Dentist OfficeIf you are diabetic, you must take extra measures to protect your health – and this includes your oral health. In fact, diabetes is known for causing problems within the teeth, gums and mouth. If you are among the 23 million Americans that have diabetes, it is critical that you let your dentist know. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we can tailor a dental care plan that shields your smile health from the effects of diabetes.

How does diabetes affect the mouth? Oral health complications typically emerge in those that have uncontrolled diabetes, or when blood sugar levels are not well managed. Diabetes is a condition that inhibits the body from correctly processing sugar. The excess sugar can in turn compromise the immune system and cause a diabetic to be more susceptible to oral infections, particularly gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious threats to one’s overall health.

While diabetes certainly affects oral health, the reverse is also true. In other words, gum disease and diabetes is a “two-way street.”  If you have uncontrolled gum disease, you are also at risk for diabetes. When there is an infection within the gums that goes untreated, the infection can enter the bloodstream and affect other major organs in your body. Gum disease has been associated with diabetes, stroke, heart disease and premature births!

If you have diabetes, you have a responsibility to monitor your oral health very closely. Diabetes can produce several different symptoms within the mouth, including the following:

Along with diligent brushing and flossing habits, it is important that a diabetic visit the dentist on a recommended basis. Your dentist may want to see you every 3 months instead of 6 if your oral health is at risk. Most importantly, it is critical that you work with your primary care physician to keep your blood glucose levels under control – your smile will thank you!

Dr. Wayne Suway is an experienced family dentist who is highly trained to care for patients with diabetes. We offer a full menu of dental treatments so that we can reverse all types of dental health disturbances in a timely and efficient manner. Call today to schedule your dental checkup!

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A Healthy Diet For Healthy Teeth

Atlanta GA Dentist near youPerhaps you remember hearing as a child the simple adage, “You are what you eat.” It may have seemed silly at the time – I mean really, who is going to turn into a piece of candy or a giant piece of pizza? While as a child this may have seemed outrageous, the truth of the matter is that what you eat does truly impact your entire life.

Everything that you put inside your mouth has a certain power of your body. If you choose to put in good things, your body is healthier and performs better; if you choose to put in bad things, your body is less healthy and does not function as it should. Good decisions over time have the ability to keep certain diseases and conditions at bay, while repeated bad decisions have the ability to thwart your health and ruin your life.

Avoiding excess sugar is one great way to protect the health of your mouth. Inside your mouth are millions of bacteria that take up residence every single day. These bacteria help to break down particles left behind after eating and drinking, and they are most attracted to the sugars in your food and beverage choices. When bacteria gather in large numbers, they begin producing a significant amount of acid. Acids eat their way through whatever is in their path, this being your tooth enamel and gum tissue within your mouth. By limiting the amount of sugar in your diet, you can limit the damage that bacteria can cause.

Acid erosion is another problematic issue within the mouth. Acid erosion occurs when tooth enamel is lost due to the chemical dissolution by acids. Alcohol, coffee, citrus, pickled vegetables, and carbonated beverages are high in acidic content. Over time, an excess consumption of acid can weaken the tooth enamel, leaving it prone to cavities, chipping, cracking, and extremely sensitive to temperature changes.

On the flip side of the negative effects, there are certain foods and beverages that can help to strengthen your teeth. Dairy products, grains, and meats can provide the nutrients that your teeth need to remain healthy and strong.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway encourages all of his patients to make the healthy choices in their diets for both their smiles and their bodies. Contact our practice today.

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Why Your Baby Teeth Are So Important

Vinings GA Cosmetic DentistryThe eruption of the first baby teeth is an exciting moment for parents. This is just one of the many milestones that babies go through and parents can look forward to in the first year. Yet, since baby teeth are not permanent and parents know that these teeth will eventually fall out, many often wrongly assume that these baby teeth are not important. What parents need to understand is that the baby teeth truly are important, and they play a large role in a child’s overall health, development, and well-being.

Your child’s baby teeth are more than just a cute feature, and they need to be properly cared for at home and in the dentist’s office. Why are baby teeth so important? Here are the top five reasons:

  • Baby teeth promote good nutrition through proper chewing
  • They assist in proper speech development and pronunciation
  • They provide a path for permanent teeth to follow when they are due to erupt
  • They provide proper stabilization of the jaw bone and support neighboring teeth
  • They build up a child’s confidence by providing an attractive smile

Because the baby teeth are so important, they need to be well taken care of from the first moment that they erupt inside the mouth. Many parents do not think to brush their young infant’s teeth, yet baby teeth can become infected and get cavities just like adult teeth. Tooth decay is a serious disease because it does not stay contained to just a single tooth. Tooth decay can spread easily and quickly to neighboring teeth, and it is especially harmful to young children because their immune systems are not fully developed and cannot fight off infection. If a tooth needs to be extracted from a child’s mouth, it will probably require a spacer to be placed inside the mouth. The mouth needs to be supported so that the other teeth inside the mouth have the reinforcement they need.

The baby teeth set up the future for your child’s entire oral health. They are not to be ignored or overlooked. By starting the priority of good oral health from your child’s earliest days, s/he will understand the importance of her/his own teeth. Baby teeth pave the way for a healthy mouth and a healthy future. Contact the practice of Dr. Wayne G. Suway today to learn more.

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Floss Your Way To Better Health

Marietta GA Dentist for Senior CitizensMost people know that the dentist will ask them whether or not they have been flossing each time they visit the dentist, yet most of these same people neglect this daily dental habit. The reason your dentist asks about flossing is because s/he understands the benefits of doing it. Your dentist wants you to understand that flossing is important, not just to your oral health, but to the health of your entire body. In fact, flossing your teeth every day is actually more important than brushing your teeth! That is not to say that you should neglect brushing, because it does have its benefits: freshening your breath and loosening plaque from the teeth. However, flossing does what brushing cannot do – remove plaque from the gum line and from between the teeth. (more…)

Is Mouthwash Necessary?

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There are commercials all over the TV promoting the benefits of mouthwash. However, if you have never been an avid mouthwash user you may be asking are they worth it and should you start using it? Bottles of mouthwash can be found in a variety of flavors, claiming to fight plaque, prevent tooth decay, freshen your breath, and even whiten your teeth. These are great benefits to your oral health (and perhaps your personal life), but is mouthwash really a necessary component of oral care?

The first thing that must be addressed is that there is no replacement for tooth brushing, flossing, or visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Not even the most powerful mouthwash could benefit the teeth and gums more than flossing, and nothing helps the mouth to stay clean and fresh like brushing the teeth twice a day. However, it is true that there are benefits to using a mouthwash. Keep reading to decide if mouthwash is something you want to add to your oral health care routine.

Mouthwash does, in fact, fight gum disease. Periodontal disease is an extremely dangerous condition that can cause irreversible damage inside the mouth. It can lead to tooth loss, bone degeneration, oral cancer, and even health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes. Using an antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol or chlorhexidine can prevent gum disease from developing because it helps to kill damaging bacteria and “wash them away.”

Mouthwash prevents and fights cavities. Fluoride is the main ingredient in most mouthwashes, and countless studies have proven that fluoride prevents tooth decay. Fluoride also strengthens tooth enamel, making the teeth much less susceptible to receiving cavities.

Mouthwash can also help to protect a pregnant mother and unborn child during pregnancy. Gum disease has a high occurrence in pregnant women due to large hormonal fluctuations. Bacteria that infect the gums can easily pass into the blood stream and put an unborn baby at risk. Women who have gum disease during pregnancy are at a much higher risk for pre-term labor and low birth weight babies. Using a mouthwash throughout pregnancy puts women at a lower risk for early labor.

Many dentists would not describe mouthwash as a “necessary component to dental health care,” but they cannot dispute its benefits. Choosing the correct mouthwash for your mouth is important, and Dr. Wayne G. Suway can help you determine what mouthwash is best for you. Call today!

Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been awarded a Mastership of Dentistry by the Academy of General Dentistry – a distinction held by less than 2,500 dentists nationwide. His wealth of knowledge and experience with techniques necessary for tooth restorations make him the dentist to trust in Vinings and the surrounding areas. Contact Dr. Wayne G. Suway and schedule an appointment.

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Rinsing the Mouth after Eating

Marietta DentistThere are a wide variety of mouthwashes available on the market today. While some claim to freshen your breath, prevent tartar and plaque buildup, help see which teeth are dirty and need extra attention, and even promote prevention from gum disease – many people still wonder if rinsing with a mouthwash is important. Proper oral hygiene is made up of different aspects, none exclusive from the other when it comes to oral health. For instance, just because people brush their teeth twice a day does not mean that they do not need to floss. The same is true for rinsing.

Rinsing the mouth with water or mouthwash after eating meals will help to fight against gum disease, prevent cavities, and freshen the breath. Following a meal, the mouth fills with bacteria. While this sounds like something out of a horror movie, it is the way the mouth was designed. These bacteria attack the sugars and starches from the foods and break them down. While this is a natural process, the extreme number of bacteria in the mouth should not be allowed to hang out for a long period of time. Rinsing the mouth will wash away the excessive amounts of bacteria to keep the teeth protected until they can be brushed properly. However, even after rinsing and brushing, some particles of food will still be left between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in! Floss removes the food from between the teeth so that plaque will not develop and lead to gum disease. So, while rinsing is an important aspect of oral hygiene (with water or mouthwash), it alone is not enough.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years, and he offers his dental expertise to all of his patients. If your mouth is more susceptible to cavities and/or plaque buildup he can help you determine which rinse is the most beneficial to your oral health. Dr. Wayne Suway takes great care with each of his patients, and he would be proud to serve as your family’s dentist. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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Diet and Dental Health

Vinings DentistThere is a direct relationship between a person’s diet and his or her dental health. While many people choose the foods that they eat, or choose not to eat, only thinking of the pant or dress size they want, they should also take into consideration the health of the mouth when making decisions. Foods and beverages contain sugars and acids that can contribute to tooth decay in a very short period of time. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD wants to help all of his patients make wise, knowledgeable decision about the best foods and drinks to consume and which ones to avoid.

According to the American Dental Association, “Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease that is entirely preventable.” People have the choice as to what foods and beverages they consume; therefore tooth decay is avoidable. Foods that contain high amounts of sugars and acids are highly damaging and corrosive to the enamel of the teeth. The enamel is the substance that protects the teeth from bacteria, diseases, and decay. When it is compromised due to unhealthy eating habits, a person’s entire oral health is susceptible to decline. Dr. Wayne Suway understands that a nutritious diet benefits the entire mouth. He can help patients learn to think before they eat and drink. A balanced diet with limited between-meal snacks can benefit a person’s entire body.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD cares about his patients on a personal level. He has provided quality dental care to patients for over 30 years and he is dedicated to keeping his highest standard in patient comfort. Dr. Suway leads a team of caring professionals who are diligent about addressing all patients’ concerns. From dental cleanings and checkups to preventative care to cosmetic and restorative dental services, Dr. Wayne Suway is the name to trust in getting the dental care you need. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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Our Patient Reviews

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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.