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Tips for Caring for Your Smile After Teeth Whitening

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Have you recently had your teeth professionally whitened? Many people choose to get whitening treatment from their dentist because it tends to be more effective. Now that your teeth are shades whiter and you’re happy with your smile, how can you keep it that way? 

This is a common question many patients have. When you invest in teeth whitening treatment, you want lasting results so you don’t have to do it again for a long time. In order to achieve lasting results, here are some tips for caring for your smile after teeth whitening. 

Use a Touch-Up System

Many teeth whitening systems come with touch-up treatments you can do at home to keep your teeth looking white. These are often less concentrated versions of the whitening agent your dentist uses on your teeth during the initial treatment. Take-home whitening systems often include plastic trays that are custom made to fit your teeth so that the bleaching gel can be applied evenly. Follow your dentist’s instructions for home treatments and you’ll keep your teeth looking white. 

Avoid or Cut Back on Food and Drinks that Stain Your Teeth

What you eat plays a big part in discoloring your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, dark soft drinks, and foods with artificial dyes are some of the most common stain-causing foods and drinks. Avoid these if you want to keep your teeth as white as possible. But if you simply must have your morning coffee or tea and a glass or two of red wine now and then, it won’t necessarily ruin your results. But you could consider brushing your teeth after eating or drinking one of these stain-causing items to keep the residue from just sitting on your teeth and soaking in. 

Follow Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day as well as flossing will keep your teeth healthy. Brushing helps to remove food particles and plaque that could stain your teeth. Flossing removes food and plaque from between your teeth, which helps keep them healthy. Healthy teeth don’t pick up stains as much because the enamel is stronger and more stain-resistant. Avoid smoking and other tobacco products that tend to stain teeth. 

Get a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

You may have a slight bit of tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment, which is normal. Professional whitening treatments tend to be much easier on your teeth than the ones you buy in the store. But either way, consider using a sensitive teeth toothpaste for a few days to a few weeks after whitening. This helps to make the teeth feel less sensitive to heat or cold. If your gums feel sore or inflamed after whitening, try rinsing with salt water. 

Teeth Whitening at Savannah Dental Solutions

Now that you’ve learned some tips for caring for your smile after teeth whitening, you might be ready to give it a try. If you want teeth whitening treatment that will give you dramatic results that last, Savannah Dental Solutions uses the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. We have seen excellent, natural looking results in our patients who report a high level of satisfaction with the treatment and are pleasantly surprised with how long their results have lasted. You don’t have to give up coffee, tea, or other foods and drinks you love. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us to schedule a teeth whitening consultation. We look forward to helping you brighten your smile. 

How to Find the Best Dentist in Savannah for Your Family

Are you looking for a dentist in the Savannah area who would be best for your family? Finding a new dentist can be difficult, especially if you’re new to the area and don’t know very many people yet or much about the area. But regardless of where you live, the qualities that make a good family dentist are the same. 

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Consider these tips to help you find the best dentist in Savannah.

Ask a Coworker, Neighbor, or Friend for a Recommendation

In order to find a dentist you can trust to provide a positive experience, ask someone you know for a recommendation. Even if you’ve just moved to the area and you don’t know very many people, ask a coworker, a neighbor, or a new friend if they know of a good dentist in the area. Most people are glad to refer you to their dentist if they are happy with the level of care and service they receive there. 

Find a Dentist Who Can Treat the Whole Family

Some dentists only treat adults and won’t accept children under a certain age. Others are pediatric dentists who only work with children up to a certain age. But the best option is a dentist who can treat the whole family from small children to adults of all ages. While a pediatric dentist specializes in dental care for kids, eventually there will need to be a transition to an adult dentist. However, starting with a family dentist means there’s no need to change later on. And you can conveniently schedule appointments for everyone at the same time if you prefer. 

Choose a Dentist Who Offers a Wide Range of Services

Even if your dental care is usually relatively simple, you never know when something can go wrong that will require a more complex procedure. If you choose a dentist who can perform a comprehensive range of services you can avoid having to see a specialist for in-depth procedures that your regular dentist is not equipped to handle. 

Ask Your Previous Dentist for a Referral

Sometimes dentists know of dental practices in other cities who they can recommend. Maybe they went to dental school together and can vouch for their skill and work ethic. Or perhaps they’ve heard of a renown dentist from the area you are moving to who is known for their innovative procedures. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Request a List of In-Network Dentists from your Insurance Provider

Going to a dentist who is in-network with your dental insurance provider can save you a lot of money. In-network means that the dentist not only accepts your insurance plan, but they may have negotiated pricing agreements for patients covered under their policies. 

Do Some Research and Read Reviews Online

Take the time to research any dentist that is recommended to you before making an appointment. You can save a lot of time and hassle by reading reviews and gathering information to make sure the dentist you are considering offers top quality care and is able to meet your specific dental needs and the needs of your family. 

Make Sure They Accept Financing Options for Payment

If you need a complex procedure that is partially covered by your insurance or not covered at all, you should know how the dentist accepts payment. A caring dentist will make your treatment affordable by accepting and even offering financing options. 

Trust Your Family’s Oral Health to Savannah Dental Solutions 

If you’re looking for the best dentist in Savannah for your family, Savannah Dental Solutions offers comprehensive services for children through adults, including preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more. Our dentists and staff have the compassion and experience to take care of your family’s dental health. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and look forward to working with your family. 

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Many people who have gum disease are not aware of it. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is relatively painless in the early stages and the other symptoms are mild and not very noticeable. So how do you know if you have gum disease? 

There are a few signs and symptoms of gum disease that are detectable when you know what to look for. Consider whether or not you have noticed any of the following indications of gum disease.

Bleeding Gums

Do you notice some blood in the sink when you spit after brushing your teeth? This is not normal. You could be brushing too hard, but more likely it’s a sign of gum disease. Flossing your teeth for the first time in a long time could cause some slight bleeding, but just regular brushing and flossing should not produce blood. Infected gums bleed because they are inflamed from bacterial infection. Unless you have a mouth injury or unless a child has lost a baby tooth, healthy gums should not bleed. 

Red or Swollen Gums

Your gums don’t have to be bleeding to show signs of gum disease. You may notice that your gums appear redder than normal rather than the light pink color they should be. This is a sign of inflammation, a side effect of gum disease. Your gums may also appear swollen or puffy, which is also due to the bacterial infection that is gum disease. If you floss or brush in the places where your gums are swollen, it’s possible that they could start to bleed. 

Bad Breath

Gum disease can cause you to have bad breath. The bacteria in your mouth release toxins that produce an odor. When a higher than usual concentration of bacteria is present, the odor is more potent. You may not notice your own breath, but if a well-meaning loved one points it out, if you notice a foul taste in your mouth, or if friends and coworkers start offering you gum or mints a lot, you may have undiagnosed gum disease. 

Receding Gums

When gum disease becomes more severe the gums will start to recede, or pull away from the teeth. If you notice that your teeth are becoming longer or that there is a line on your teeth where your gums used to be, you might have some recession due to gum disease. 

Sensitive Teeth

When gum disease causes your gums to recede, the soft root portion of your tooth can become exposed. The root is not covered with the same thick enamel as the crown portion of your tooth, which means it is sensitive to cold, heat, and sweets. Once it is no longer protected under the gums it can cause severe sensitivity. If you notice that your teeth are suddenly becoming more sensitive, look for other signs of gum disease. 

Loose Teeth

When gum disease progresses the gums can recede far enough that your teeth can become loose and even fall out. If your permanent teeth are loose at all or appear to have shifted, it could be due to advanced gum disease. 

Treatment

There are a few different steps to the treatment of gum disease. The first is a thorough cleaning of your teeth above and below the gum line. Special tools are used to perform a process called scaling, which refers to the removal of plaque that has hardened on the teeth. Root planing is another possible part of gum disease treatment, where the roots of your teeth are smoothed out so that there are no pockets for bacteria to hide. Your gums are then able to reattach to a smooth surface. 

Medication may be required in some form to treat the infection, such as oral antibiotics or an antibiotic gel that can be applied directly to the gums. 

Prevention 

Preventive dentistry is designed to do just as its name suggests, prevent common dental problems like gum disease. By brushing and flossing your teeth daily at home and visiting your dentist on a regular schedule (twice a year), you will increase your chances of preventing gum disease. If you notice any of the above symptoms of gum disease, contact your dentist right away so that it can be treated before it gets worse. 

Savannah Dental Solutions 

You can prevent gum disease by visiting Savannah Dental Solutions. Our preventive services are designed to keep common dental issues, like gum disease, from becoming a problem for you. Keep up with regular dental appointments and take care of your teeth at home in between and you can experience a lifetime of good oral health.  

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain health teeth and gums for life. 

Common Dental Problems in Aging Adults

Aging doesn’t have to slow you down. But it may mean you need to pay more attention to your physical health, including the condition of your teeth. As you age your dental health may start to decline a bit, which is completely normal. A little extra maintenance and care can go a long way. 

Here are some of the common dental problems you may face as you age. 

Increased Risk of Cavities

Just as your bones can weaken as you age, your teeth may gradually weaken also. Over time, even with proper dental care, tooth enamel naturally wears down making your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Acidic foods and a lifetime of biting and chewing take their toll on your teeth. Gums recede over time as well, exposing the softer roots of your teeth that can more easily decay. 

These are all reasons your risk of cavities increases as you age. It is important to visit the dentist regularly and follow proper dental hygiene at home, now more than ever. 

Dry Mouth

Another of the common dental problems that come with aging is dry mouth. Dry mouth can result from certain medications you may be taking. Medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s are some of the most common ones that can cause dry mouth. Adequate saliva is necessary to naturally rinse teeth and keep the bacteria levels consistent in your mouth. 

If you suffer from dry mouth, it’s important to talk to your dentist about it and tell them all of the medications you’re taking. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, use an oral moisturizing spray or mouthwash, and chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. You could even use a humidifier when the air is dry. Your dentist may recommend an adjustment in your medication or dosage and apply a fluoride treatment after your regular cleanings. 

Gum Disease

Bacteria in the mouth can infect the gums, causing gum disease. Gum disease is more common in older adults because it is often painless and aging causes nerve endings to be less sensitive in the mouth. Once you feel the effects of gum disease, it may already be advanced. The good news is that gum disease is easily treated and prevented with proper dental care and regular visits to your dentist.

Oral Cancer

As you age your risk of developing oral cancer increases. This is another reason it is crucial to visit your dentist on a twice yearly schedule. Your dentist will carefully screen you for oral cancer as part of your routine dental exam. Mouth cancer is often painless and patients are not aware that they have it until it is detected by a dentist. When detected early, oral cancer has a high survival rate. It often appears as red or white patches on the inside of your cheeks or lips or on your tongue. Tell your dentist right away if you notice any suspicious spots. 

Deterioration of Existing Dental Work

Another common dental issue that comes with age is problems with old dental work. If you have a cavity that was filled many years ago, the filling may fall out or need to be replaced. Crowns or bridges can sometimes loosen and need to be refitted. Your dentist may recognize dental work that needs to be replaced before it falls out or causes a problem during a routine cleaning.

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Oral Care for Seniors

At Savannah Dental Solutions we understand the increased risk of dental issues in older adults. Through our adult dentistry services, we take care to look for the common dental problems seniors face so that we can be proactive in treating them in order to minimize discomfort and long term effects. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your dental health as you age. 

Bad Breath? Brush Your Tongue!

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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

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Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Schnabel, Schnabel & Smith

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