Oral Cancer Screenings provided free at HFD

We are pleased to announce our 10 office locations in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina will now provide Velscope oral cancer screenings at no charge to patients of record and new patients at their scheduled dental exam.

“We believe an Oral Cancer Screening with Velscope is essential to our patient’s health and the new standard of care in dentistry. Velscope is proven to be one of the most effective means of screening for Oral Cancer. Velscope takes less than a few minutes to complete, is safe and comfortable for the patient, and ensures they are being screened for Oral Cancer in the most effective way possible! At Howard Family Dental, we believe every patient should be screened once a year,” said Roni Copeland, Director of Dental Hygiene for Howard Family Dental.

Oral cancer is most typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. There is a growing number of young adults that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, due to HPV. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

To learn more about oral cancer or to schedule an appointment for a screening with a Howard Family Dental office near you, call (912)629-9000 or Request an Appointment.

iStock_000005055358_Large

Enjoy your visit at HFD? Tell others online!

Online Review

We always love taking care of you, your family and friends. That’s what our office is all about, helping our patients on their road to better oral health.

Your referral is the highest compliment! We’re asking that you help refer others in our community to Howard Family Dental by posting a review online.

It can be a testimonial or just a few words of how we’ve helped you achieve a better smile or dental health, made treatment easier and more comfortable or letting others know we have a happy, friendly team.

To leave a review: 

  1. Sign into your Google + account
  2. Go to plus.google.com/local and search for the location
  3. Click on the Howard Family Dental location you visited
  4. Click the pencil icon next to the cover photo and leave a review

We know your time is valuable and we appreciate your time in posting a review!

Thank you!

boy and girl running with packpakcs, text: Beat the back to school rush!

Is your child ready for school?

  • Pencils – Check!
  • Paper – Check!
  • Crayons – Check!
  • Dentist Appointment – !!!

There’s so much to do when it’s back to school time, it’s easy to forget about a visit to the dentist. But Georgia now requires proof of a dental screening or exam before a child can be registered for school. Do you live outside of Georgia? Keep reading – even if a dental visit is not required for school, oral health is important to every child’s success in school.

Studies have shown a link between a child’s oral health care and performance in school.

What’s the connection? Oral health can impact a child’s ability to perform well in school in a number of ways, including absence from school, dealing with pain, inability to chew properly, being unable to focus, and feeling self-conscious.

  • In one study, children with poor oral health were nearly 3 times more likely than their peers to miss school as a result of dental pain. Interestingly enough, the same study found that absences due to pain were associated with poorer school performances, where absences for routine care were not.
  • For children and teens in families with lower incomes, the kids who had a toothache within the last 6 months were almost 4 times as likely as their peers to have an average GPA below a 2.8. (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center)
  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children ages 6 to 19. (CDC website)

The Good News: Preventative dental care can make all the difference!

Make sure your child is prepared to succeed in school and in life by helping them to stay healthy. For their oral health, this means brushing twice a day and flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and seeing the dentist regularly. We’d love to see you before school starts!

Request an Appointment

Donate to ‘Howard Hand in Hand!’

Howard Hand in Hand

We are honored to work closely with St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia on ‘Howard Hand in Hand,’ a support program for families at St. Joseph’s Candler that provides support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life threatening disease.

Since the program started in 2014, ‘Howard Hand in Hand’ has accomplished:

  • 31 Families have been assisted
  • 54 local children have participated in Howard Hand in Hand program
  • 3 Support Groups formed
  • Serving the public and private school systems

The unique program is trail blazing and it is our goal to share this idea with many other hospital communities across the country. We could not support this great program without the help of our community!

It’s now easier to make a donation – online! Click here to donate! 

THANK YOU for your continued support!

For more information on the Howard Hand in Hand program, please call 912-819-5704 or visit www.sjchs.org/howard-hand-in-hand.

child support group

 

photo of smiling baby with text: don't believe this baby myth

THE Most Harmful Myth About Your Baby’s Teeth

If someone says to you, “Baby teeth fall out, so you don’t have to worry about them, right?” You tell them, “Wrong!”

Okay, maybe you don’t want to just shout “Wrong!” at them, but you can tell them that in truth, baby teeth are important to a child’s overall health and wellness. Inadequate care of baby teeth, a.k.a. primary teeth, can leave behind bad effects on a child’s overall health and wellness, even when the teeth are long gone.

4 Ways Baby Teeth Are Important To Overall Health And Wellness

  1. Baby teeth help young children chew food properly.
  2. Baby teeth are a part of speech development.
  3. Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth to grow in.
  4. Baby teeth can decay, and untreated decay “can result in a broad range of functional impairments that have far-reaching implications for growth, development, school performance, and peer relationships.

Fortunately, caring for baby teeth is as easy as caring for your own.

How To Care For Your Baby’s Teeth And Gums

Prior to teething, use a soft, warm, wet cloth to gently massage your baby’s gums. Once teeth begin to appear, you can brush with a soft toothbrush, but don’t use toothpaste until around age two. Kids can begin learning to brush their teeth around age two or three, but they will need help or supervision typically until age 6 or 7. Finally, you should schedule regular checkups with your child’s dentist, beginning at 12 months of age, or within 6 months from when baby’s first tooth appears.

For more helpful information on children’s oral health, check out our Parent’s Guide to Dental Hygiene infographic (<– click to view!)! Need to schedule an appointment? Help is just a click away.

Request an Appointment

tooth next to medical kit - illustration

Don’t Let Your Teeth Land You In The ER

Now more than ever, it’s not just a good idea to visit your dentist regularly, it’s a necessity.

An increasing number of people are visiting the emergency room for dental issues, often for problems that have become severe because they put off basic dental care.  Not only is this harmful to your health, it’s harmful to your wallet. From a recent article on rising ER visits for dental problems:

“By law, ERs have to see patients even if they can’t pay. But although they often provide little more than painkillers and antibiotics to dental patients, the visits cost more than three times as much as a routine dental visit, averaging $749 if the patient isn’t hospitalized — and costing the U.S. health care system $1.6 billion a year.”

Making Dental Care Affordable and Convenient

About 40% of U.S. adults (18+) have not visited the dentist in the past year. And though dental cavities are the number one most common chronic disease for children and teens (ages 6 – 19), around 18% of kids’ cavities are going untreated. Why is this happening?

Two common barriers that we often hear are that dental care is expensive, and that visits are inconvenient. We can help with that!

With 10 dental offices throughout the greater Savannah region, we likely have an office near where you live or work. And while there are many factors that contribute to the cost of care, there are three ways we’re trying to keep visits affordable for patients.

  1. We accept most major insurance plans. We are also happy to check with your insurance provider to provide payment estimates for treatments! Click to call us and see if we accept your insurance.
  2. We accept Care Credit. CareCredit (<– click to learn more!) is a credit card designated for health, dental and wellness expenses.
  3. We offer a discount dental plan (<– click to learn more!). Under the plan, there are no yearly maximums, no deductibles, and no waiting periods.

Save yourself and your family from extra trips to the ER.

Many dental issues that start out small can become complex and more expensive to deal with if you avoid regular dental care. Your oral health is closely tied to your overall health, and helping you achieve your optimal health and well-being is our primary goal.

Request an Appointment

photo of a female dentist with dark hair smiling

The 3 Best Questions You Can Ask Your Dentist

Want to make the most of your next visit to your family dentist? Try asking these three questions to maximize your time spent in the dental chair.

1. What is my overall oral health situation?

This question is about getting a broad view of your oral health. Knowing whether you’re generally doing pretty well or are not in the best shape can help you to make more informed decisions about treatments. It can also provide insight on other areas of your health or lifestyle – nutrition or exercise, for example – that are contributing to, and being affected by, your oral health.

2. What will improve my oral health?

Be on the lookout when you ask this question for both steps that you can take your own, as well as treatments that your dentist or hygienist can offer. Your dentist can help you figure out if a specific kind of toothpaste is better for you, whether you’re brushing correctly, or whether a new product you’ve seen is worth a try. When you’re talking about treatments, your dentist can offer advice on what is most needed, what can be done at another time, and whether there are any alternatives.

3. Is there anything my family doctor needs to know about?

Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Sometimes, your dentist may be first to spot symptoms that can indicate health issues your family physician or general practitioner (GP) needs to know about. Asking this question helps to ensure that relevant information is shared with all the right people.

BONUS: Be prepared.

Ok, this isn’t a question, but being as prepared as you can is also important to getting the best possible dental care. If you’re experiencing any kind of problem in your mouth, like a sore jaw or sore gums, or notice anything unusual, such as a lump or irritation, be sure to speak up about it. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, your dentist will be able to tell if it’s something that needs to be monitored or addressed.

Feeling ready for your next visit? We hope so! If you don’t have one scheduled, just call us or click below to get one set.

Request an Appointment

Call (912)-629-9000
to make an appointment

Request an appointment


Humans: please leave this field blank.