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Brushing, Flossing, and Seeing the Dentist: A Schedule

Proper oral hygiene combined with professional dental care is the best way to achieve optimal dental health. When you take care of your teeth and see your dentist for teeth cleaning on a recommended schedule, you can keep your teeth healthy and in place for your lifetime. 

Dad and Son Brushing Their Teeth in the Bathroom

What is the recommended schedule for brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist? Here are the recommendations from dental professionals. 

Brushing Your Teeth

Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Usually once in the morning and once at night before going to bed is enough. However, if you are at a higher risk of tooth decay or gum disease for any reason, it may help to brush after each meal. Removing food particles from your teeth and gums is the first step in preventing the buildup of tartar and plaque. Bacteria feed on these, which leads to cavities and gum disease. 

Is it possible to brush too much? Believe it or not, yes. There are negative consequences to brushing your teeth too frequently. Brushing excessively can wear away the enamel on your teeth, which weakens them, causes sensitivity, and increases the chances of developing cavities. Brushing too frequently can also damage your gums, causing them to become irritated, inflamed, and start to recede (pull away from the teeth). Avoid brushing more than 3 times a day. 

Flossing Your Teeth 

Most dentists recommend flossing your teeth once a day. Flossing removes food particles, tartar, and plaque from between your teeth and below the gum line. The area between your teeth, especially the back molars, is a prime spot for food to get stuck, which then turns into tartar and plaque. That feeds the bacteria in your mouth that can eventually cause cavities. 

Flossing also strengthens your gums, making them more resilient to irritation and gum disease. Gums are less likely to recede when you are flossing daily. Since your gums hold your teeth in place, if they start to pull away your teeth can become loose. Severe gum recession can even lead to the loss of teeth. 

As with brushing, flossing your teeth too much may damage your gums, so stick with a once a day schedule. 

Visiting the Dentist

The recommended schedule for regular dental cleanings is every 6 months. Most dental insurance plans cover two dental appointments for teeth cleaning each year. A routine teeth cleaning at the dentist’s office usually includes a thorough oral examination, removal of plaque, teeth polishing, flossing, and sometimes X-Rays. X-Rays of teeth are typically done only once a year, which is usually covered by dental insurance plans. The purpose of taking x-ray images is to identify cavities as well as to see below the gum line for any root issues. 

For some patients who are at a higher risk for oral health issues, the dentist may recommend that you have your teeth examined and cleaned more often. If you need any restorative procedures, such as cavity fillings, root canals, or crowns, you may have to go to the dentist between your scheduled cleanings to have those done. But once the procedure is complete you can usually resume your regular schedule. 

Stay on Schedule With Savannah Dental Solutions

Maintaining good dental health is much easier when you follow the recommended oral hygiene and teeth cleaning schedules. Whether you’re in need of a children’s dentist or one for the whole family, Savannah Dental Solutions is accepting new patients and welcoming former patients back. If you’ve let your dental care lapse due to lack of insurance or other reasons, we are glad to welcome you and help you restore and maintain your dental health. Whether or not you have insurance, we offer payment options to make your dental care more affordable. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you at Savannah Dental Solutions.

A Guide to Dental Work During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant it seems like everything changes, and you probably have a lot of questions. You question everything you do from what you eat to how to exercise and even how you sleep. If your regularly scheduled dental cleaning happens to fall during your pregnancy or you have a dental emergency arise, you may question whether or not it is safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. 

Pregnant Woman at Dentist Before Treatment

While it is normal to question dental work safety during pregnancy, the good news is that most dental procedures are still safe to have done. Be sure to let your dentist know that you are pregnant before or when you arrive so that the proper precautions can be taken. 

Is it Safe to Have X-Rays During Pregnancy?

According to the American College of Radiology, the amount of radiation that is delivered in one X-Ray is too low to cause any damage to a developing embryo or fetus. Even so, if X-Rays are simply routine and not absolutely necessary, it would be best to postpone them until your next visit. If you need emergency dental care that requires X-Rays to be taken, a lead apron is used to drape over your body so that the radiation does not pass through. 

The American Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists collectively agree that X-Rays are safe during pregnancy as long as the proper shielding is used.

Are Medications Used in Dental Procedures Safe During Pregnancy?

One of the biggest concerns about undergoing dental procedures during pregnancy is the anesthesia and medications used during and after the procedure. One of the most common numbing agents, lidocaine, has been proven to cross through the placenta after administration. Of course, the risk is lower when only the minimum dosage is used.

It is for this reason that it is best to postpone any non-emergency dental work until after your pregnancy. But in the case of an emergency, where there is severe pain or a procedure needs to be done immediately to save a tooth, the benefit outweighs the risk. 

Antibiotics are prescribed following some dental procedures to prevent infection. Most antibiotics such as amoxicillin, penicillin, and clindamycin fall into category B for use during pregnancy. Category B drugs are considered to be safe to use during pregnancy. 

Should I Still Go to the Dentist For Routine Cleanings During Pregnancy?

Not only is it perfectly safe to have your teeth cleaned by your dentist during pregnancy, but it is also more important now. Pregnancy can harm your teeth in multiple ways. 

  • – The hormones that are present during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell, which increases your chances of developing gum disease and puts your teeth at a higher risk of decay. The prevention and treatment of gum disease is important, as it has been linked to preterm birth. 
  • – The growing fetus siphons nutrients from the mother, causing the mother’s nutrients to become depleted. Lack of tooth-strengthening minerals, such as calcium, can lead to weakened teeth that are more susceptible to cavities. 

Visiting the dentist while pregnant to have your teeth cleaned and examined is not only safe, but important for your oral health as well as your overall health and the health of your baby. 

Tips for Making your Dental Visit Comfortable During Pregnancy

If you’re concerned about your personal comfort during a dental visit, these tips can help. 

  • – Avoid going to the dentist during your third trimester, if possible, as lying on your back for prolonged periods of time may be uncomfortable. 
  • – Bring a pillow for extra back or neck support. 
  • – Keep your legs uncrossed while in the dental chair to promote healthy circulation. 
  • – Avoid going to the dentist in the first trimester if morning sickness is a major problem for you. 
  • – Ask what dentist conveniences are available to make you more comfortable during your visit. 

Trust Your Care To The Best Dentist in Savannah, GA

Proper dental care is more important than ever during your pregnancy. Trust your dental care during this time to the best dentist in Savannah, GA. Savannah Dental Solutions understands the unique circumstances of receiving dental care during your pregnancy and makes every effort to ensure your comfort and safety. 

Call (912) 354-1366 today or contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your dental health during this special time in your life. 

A Guide to Flossing Teeth Correctly

Flossing is an important part of good dental hygiene. Flossing removes food particles that get stuck between your teeth, preventing them from building up and turning into plaque. One of the most common places to get cavities is between the teeth due to food getting trapped and leading to an increase in bacteria. 

Side View of Woman Flossing

In order for flossing to be effective, it must be done correctly. Learning how to floss properly is something that should start in childhood when oral care is taught. It may be difficult for very young children to floss their own teeth at first and a parent may need to help. Use this guide to ensure you are flossing your teeth correctly and teaching the correct process to your children. 

Flossing Step By Step

  1. – Break off a piece of floss that is around 18 to 24 inches long. 
  2. – Wrap the floss around the middle fingers of both hands, leaving between 1 and 2 inches of floss between your fingers. 
  3. – Hold the floss with your index fingers and thumbs so that it is tightly stretched between your hands. 
  4. – Gently slide the floss in between two teeth. 
  5. – Move the floss up and down, sliding it against the sides of both teeth. Avoid pushing the floss too hard against your gums. 
  6. – Curve the floss around the base of each tooth to reach more of the surface of the tooth under the gum line. 
  7. – Repeat steps 4-6 using a clean section of floss between each tooth. 
  8. – To floss around braces, simply thread the floss under the archwire of your braces and follow the above steps. 

When is the best time to floss?

It is best to floss your teeth before you brush. Flossing dislodges food and plaque so that it can be more effectively brushed away by your toothbrush. If you brush first and then floss, the food particles and plaque will remain in your mouth until the next time you brush. 

How often should you floss?

It is recommended that you floss your teeth once a day and brush twice a day. It doesn’t really matter what time of day you floss, but flossing at night followed by brushing allows you to go to bed with a cleaner mouth. When food and plaque sit on your teeth overnight, that is when the greatest risk of decay occurs. 

What type of floss should you use? 

There’s no perfect type of floss for everyone. There are different types of floss that offer different benefits. Here are some of the types of floss available.

  • Standard floss: a thin string of nylon that fits between most teeth. It comes unwaxed or waxed, though the wax allows it to more easily slide into tight spaces between teeth. Some types of floss come flavored. 
  • Dental tape: a wider string of nylon that is flat like a ribbon. It is effective for wider gaps between teeth or around braces. 
  • Super floss: consists of 3 parts, a stiffened threading end, spongy floss, and regular floss. Super floss is ideal for getting around dental work like bridges and orthodontic appliances. 

You can choose the right floss for you based on your unique needs. If you have trouble flossing around certain teeth your dentist may recommend a different type of floss to help you reach problem places. 

Get Flossing Tips From Savannah Dental Solutions

If you have any questions about proper flossing techniques, ask your dentist during one of your regular dental checkups at Savannah Dental Solutions. If you’re looking for a children’s dentist in Savannah, GA, Savannah Dental Solutions is a family dental practice specializing in both pediatric and adult dentistry. 

Call (912) 354-1366 today or contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you and your family develop good oral hygiene habits. 

Is it Time to Replace Your Toothbrush?

Photograph of two green and blue tooth brushes. One is worn out and the other is new and in good condition.

Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, you will need to replace it periodically. Old tooth brush heads have worn out bristles that can’t adequately clean your teeth as well as a newer toothbrush and replacing your toothbrush often helps to reduce the number of germs on your toothbrush. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to replacing your toothbrush so you’ll experience more positive feedback at regular dental cleanings.

Recent Illness

If you’ve experienced a recent illness, it is probably a good idea to replace toothbrush. The germs left behind on toothbrush bristles from a bacterial infection could lead to reinfection. It’s difficult to know how contaminated the bristles are. Even if you experienced a viral infection, it’s best to get rid of the old toothbrush in favor of a new one. There are also some over the counter toothbrush cleaners that you can try to clean and sanitize the toothbrush. Depending on how expensive the toothbrush is, it is likely more cost effective just to replace the toothbrush.

Every 3 Months

American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months. This is a good guideline to start with. This means that you’ll only need to replace the toothbrush four times a year. However, this is just a guideline. Your specific needs may vary and you may need to replace your toothbrush head sooner.

Frayed Bristles

If your toothbrush has frayed bristles, it is time to replace the toothbrush, no matter the age of the toothbrush. Frayed bristles aren’t able to adequately remove dental plaque from your teeth. It takes quite a bit of use for a toothbrush to have frayed bristles. This means that it is time for the toothbrush to be replaced.

After Falling in the Sink

Things can easily happen to a toothbrush that can compromise the cleanliness of your toothbrush. If someone else used your toothbrush or if it fell into the sink, toilet, or floor, it’s time to replace it. Even with a specialized toothbrush cleaner, it can be impossible to know if all of the germs were really removed from the toothbrush.

Signs of Wear

If your toothbrush shows and signs of wear, it is time to get a new one. This can include bent handles, faded colors, or other obvious signs that the toothbrush has been around for a while. You can buy a brand name toothbrush for around $2. If your toothbrush looks worn, you have definitely gotten your money out of it.
Replacing your toothbrush is a normal part of your oral hygiene routine. If you ever feel that your toothbrush should be replaced, it is a good idea to do so. Since toothbrushes don’t cost very much compared to how much they benefit your oral health, go ahead and replace it even more frequently than recommended if you feel that it needs to be replaced.

Want to Learn More?

If you want to learn more about how we can keep your entire family’s smiles in tip-top shape, whether you need regular dental checkups or a metal filling replacement, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Secrets to Enjoying Halloween Candy and Healthy Teeth.

Is Halloween Candy Bad for your Teeth?

We are committed to Children’s Dentistry and educating families about how to keep teeth healthy.

Is sugar bad for your teeth? Good question. This old adage is true and not so true at the same time. The amount of sugar is important but not as important as the frequency of the sugar intake. It’s actually better to chug a 40oz soda than it is to sip 4 oz of soda throughout the day; the same is true with sweets that we eat. (We’re not suggesting you drink a 40 oz soda…) Cavities happen because acid is formed by the bacteria that eat the sugars in our mouth. That acid breaks down the enamel and causes tooth decay. Limiting the sugar is good, but limiting the frequency is even more important.

Another myth or recommendation around Halloween is whether to brush your teeth after you eat all of that candy. Well, brushing after consuming a bunch of candy may actually be a bad thing. This is when our teeth are the softest. All that sugar raises the acidity in the mouth making the teeth most susceptable to abrasion or enamel loss. When the teeth are in a demineralized or softened state, we can actually brush away our enamel. Choose a mouthrinse with fluoride instead. This technique can harden the teeth while in this softened state. Unfortunately, when the enamel is gone, its gone. It won’t grow back. Brushing before drinking or eating food actually puts your mouth in a less acidic state. This keeps your teeth much stronger during those sugar binges that we have during Halloween.

Sticky candies are worse than softer ones. Sticky candy or foods can be bad for existing dental work. They can pull out fillings or crowns. Hard candies can break your natural teeth or dental restorations too. Gooey candy can stick to the teeth for long periods of time in the deepest grooves. Bacteria then eats the sugar that is wedged in the crevaces and hard to reach places for much longer. So stay away from sticky candies.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

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

Have you considered Veneers?

Dental Veneers are sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. Whatever the name, they solve many cosmetic dental requests of our patients. Have you always wanted to correct misshapen teeth, discoloration, gaps in your teeth, or fixed unsatisfactory veneers you may have had in the past?

Before and After Dental Veneers

Are dental veneers right for me?
The only way to know is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Schnabel. He’ll want to know the results you expect. After a brief examination, your options will be discussed. Even if you are just thinking about the process, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

Advantages to dental veneers:
• Look like real teeth
• Resistant to stains
• Great choice for changing the color or shape of your teeth
• Alternative to those who are NOT good candidates for whitening or bleaching but still want a sparkling smile

Good candidates for porcelain veneers range from those seeking a new smile, to those seeking to correct hereditary issues with color and shape. Other patients have heard about veneers and just want to know more. Whatever category you fall into, we want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision. Porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years and with proper care, a lifetime.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

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

Top Dental Symptoms: Toothache

If your mouth or jaw hurt, it could be from a toothache. Toothaches usually indicate a cavity but they can also signal gum disease. In some cases, a toothache is a sign of an abscess or impacted tooth. A toothache should be evaluated by a dentist right away to determine the cause of the problem and prevent the tooth from dying.
Above article from: MouthHealthy.org
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.
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Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

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

Meet our Dentists Savannah GA

Dentists - Chad Schnabel & Alexandra Schnabel Savannah GAThe doctors and team at Savannah Dental Solutions are pleased to be able to offer beautiful smiles to their neighbors in Savannah and the surrounding communities.

Chad Schnabel, DMD,
received his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University, his dental degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his general practice residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Colombia. Dr. Schnabel has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in the last three years. His recent postgraduate education has focused on cosmetic and implant dentistry as well as sedation, TMJ therapy, sleep apnea, and snoring treatment, to enable him to supply his patients with personalized solutions for a wide variety of oral issues, often restoring years of neglect to bring a youthful smile.
Dr. Schnabel is an active participant in the community, volunteering as a community care mentor and small group leader at Savannah Christian Church. He has served on Christian mission trips to third-world countries and is a member of the Rotary Club. He and his wife Alexandra have two beautiful children, and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with them, playing tennis or golf, or watching football.

Alexandra Schnabel, DMD, earned her bachelor of science degree at the University of Georgia. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine, where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Schnabel was selected to be in Omicron Kappa Epsilon, an elite dental honor society. She also earned awards in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Schnabel feels blessed to be a wife and mom to two wonderful boys. She has participated in mission trips to several Third World countries and appreciates the opportunity to be a Sunday school teacher for the 2- and 3-year-olds at her church. Though she no longer plays the level of tennis that earned her first team All-SEC honors while competing at the University of Georgia, she still enjoys tennis with her husband and watching her two boys run around the court. In addition to tennis, Dr. Schnabel enjoys being on the water and has recently taken up bread making.
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

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