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Dental Care Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner and healthy teeth tips
Thanksgiving is all about food. Whether you’re snacking or feasting, the menu will probably include multiple helpings of turkey, stuffing, pies, cakes, and other family favorites. Carbohydrate-rich meals and sugary treats are inevitable. Savannah Dental Solutions doesn’t want to spoil your fun, but we’d like to give you some quick tips on taking care of your teeth during the long weekend of football and fun.

The Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth on Turkey Day
1. Avoid sticky foods. You might remember this from our Halloween blog. Well, the same goes for Thanksgiving. Pecan pie and other gooey relatives can stick to your teeth, get caught in between teeth thereby allowing sugar to hang around longer and increase your chances of causing cavities.
2. Avoid hard foods or using your teeth as a tool. Don’t crack nuts, open bottles, crack popcorn kernels, or try to bite through anything that could crack, chip, or damage your teeth.
3. Try and limit in between meals or snacking. Eating a meal, waiting 30 minutes and brushing is your best approach. Grazing throughout the day adds to the acids in your mouth and can harm your teeth.
4. Balance your eating. Protein and veggies can offset the acids created from created from carbs and sweets.
5. Keep your toothbrush handy. Get a soft to medium bristle travel brush. Brushing 30 minutes after a meal can help decrease your risk for cavities. Rinsing your mouth immediately after eating can help remove food and acids.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Take care of your teeth. You’ll need them for next year’s Thanksgiving feast! If your family keeps the tradition of a backyard football game, consider a mouth guard. Don’t take a chance on losing a tooth. It’ll make turkey time less enjoyable!

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

What Do You Do in a Dental Emergency?

dental emergency. Tooth being rescued by a life raft.
A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.

What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.

Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.

What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.

Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).

What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?

Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.

What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.

Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Bad Breath? Brush Your Tongue!

Woman's Tongue Sticking Out Ready to Brush
Are we the only dentist in Savannah, GA recommending you brush your tongue? Probably not. However, we’ll go ahead and give you the steps again because there are many advantages to brushing your tongue.

1. Helps reduce and prevent bad breath.
2. Chases away bacteria that can cause tooth decay

The right way? Always brush your tongue from back to front. You can even put some toothpaste or mouthwash on your toothbrush. This recommendation is good for proper adult dentistry and children’s dentistry care. We want to give you simple tips and techniques to keep your smile bright and your breath fresh.

The tip of your tongue is usually self cleaning due to all the movement and friction with swallowing and speaking. This portion of the tongue also comes in contact with the hard palate or roof of your mouth. This friction creates a cleaning action that keeps away build up of bacteria and debris.

The back of the tongue only touches the soft palate and the contact if fairly gentle. There’s not enough friction to keep the bacteria away and build up occurs. This build up of bacteria can cause bad breath and tooth decay.

How can you tell if you have bacteria build up? Stick out your tongue. Do you see a white or brownish film or coating on the back? It usually forms a triangular shape. You’ll need to start as far back as you can. Watch out for your gag reflex… Don’t choke. If you make it a practice to brush or scrape your tongue once a day, the gag reflex will diminish.

Don’t brush or scrape too hard and rinse your mouth when you are done. If you are going to use mouthwash on your brush, look for ones that contain antibacterials chlorine dioxide or cetylpyridinium chloride.

Have fun getting fresher breath!

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Teeth Cleaning. How Long has it Been?

The Importance of Hygiene Visits (Teeth Cleaning)
We want you to have the brightest smile and the healthiest teeth. One of the most important reasons to visit a dentist is to keep your teeth clean and identify any emergency dental problems you may be experiencing. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can identify dental problems that you may not be aware of. Plaque and tartar can form even with meticulous brushing. When tartar collects below the gumline, gum infection can result and can lead to tooth loss or gum disease.

Research also has proven a link between the advanced stages of gum disease and serious health problems. Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are just a few of the risks. We recommend regular cleanings by our hygienist to help you keep overall good dental health. In fact, we are currently offering a new patient rate of $99 for a cleaning and full set of x-rays. Click here for our teeth cleaning special.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Do you have dental anxiety?

At Savannah Dental Solutions, we know that not everyone looks forward to their dental appointments. In fact, many patients avoid regular cleanings and check ups because of dental anxiety.

If you experience any anxiety related to a trip to the dentist, you are not alone. Various studies estimate 9%-15% of Americans avoid dental appointments due to fear. Wow. That’s 30 to 40 million people.

Even though many dental procedures are painless, being examined causes some level of stress for many.

Some signs of dental fear, phobia or anxiety include:
• Tense feeling our trouble falling asleep the night before a dental appointment
• Increased nervousness in the waiting room
• You feel like crying when you think about going to the dentist
• You feel ill when thinking about a dental procedure
• You panic during a dentist appointment

Relief from dental anxiety

Chad Schnabel, DMD understands the fear you may be experiencing. Have you?:
• Missed regular dental cleanings or dental checkups
• Ignored teeth problems
• Avoided scheduling fillings, root canal or crowns
• Consistently used over the counter medication to deal with tooth or jaw pain

Do any of these behaviors sound familiar? Let us talk to you about our dental sedation options. We have a variety of techniques that can improve and eliminate your anxiety. Unlike being sedated for surgery, you are not completely unconscious, just unaware of the procedure being performed.

We offer minimal, moderate, and deep sedation as well as general anesthesia.

It’s worth a phone call to determine how sedation dentistry can make your visit more comfortable and relaxed.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

How to Brush


Learn the technique recommended for the best cleaning. From the video library at Colgate.com we have a short video providing educational tips on the best method to brush your teeth.
To view this video in its original library, please visit: Colgate.com


Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Wine Tasters, Beware

Wine tasters may be at high risk for enamel stain and erosion.
Why? Sipping wine many times a day — and swishing it in the mouth — increases the enamel’s exposure to damaging acids.
That is why it’s better to drink a glass of wine, soda, or sweet tea with a meal instead of sipping it over several hours.
Above article from: Webmd.com/oral-health
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

White Dental Fillings

White Dental Fillings Savannah GANo Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!
The silver-mercury amalgam filling has been the standard material for restorations from cavities. It hasn’t been the best option, however, as a metal filling does not bond well to teeth, eventually letting decay seep into the tooth. Also, the appearance of a dark, contrasting filling is not visually pleasing, being very noticeable when you talk or laugh. While many practices still use this filling material, we offer durable composite resin fillings that bond very tightly to the tooth, greatly reducing the chance of decay. As the filling matches the shade of the tooth that is being restored, it is not noticeable and makes for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Tooth Decay and Sensitivity

What Causes Tooth Enamel Damage?
What happens when tooth enamel is damaged? The exposed part underneath becomes vulnerable to decay. Cavities aren’t the only problem.
Teeth with damaged enamel can become sensitive to extreme temperatures. Suddenly, eating ice cream or sipping hot coffee can be painful or unpleasant.

Above article from: WebMD.com/oral-health
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

How Enamel Protects Your Teeth

What Causes Tooth Enamel Damage?
Enamel is kind of like the shell of an egg: it protects the softer, more vulnerable part of the tooth inside.
But unlike an eggshell, the thin layer of enamel is tough.
In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It can withstand decades of biting, chewing and crunching — with some luck and good dental care.

Above article from: WebMD.com/oral-health
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com