Welcoming Dr. Kris Kasik to the Brunswick office!


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kris Kasik has joined our practice at the Brunswick location, in addition to Dr. Kevin Ritola. Dr. Kris Kasik is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Furman University before earning his doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Kasik enjoys spending time with family, golfing and spending time outdoors. He is married to wife, Emily.
The Howard Family Dental Brunswick office has expanded and been renovated to accommodate more patients each week.

Dr. Kasik is looking forward to building relationships with his patients in Brunswick. He enjoys a variety of dental procedures, the people he gets to know and the ability to help improve the oral health of patients. His specialties include: crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, root canals and periodontal therapy. His first day seeing patients will be Tuesday, September 1st.

Howard Family Dental is located at 159 Altama Connector in Brunswick, Georgia. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Kris Kasik or Dr. Kevin Ritola, call (912) 264-8408 or Request an Appointment

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Why We Love Mouthguards (And You Should Too!)

As parents, we’re always concerned with keeping our children safe. When it comes to sports, one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth–and their brain–is a mouthguard.  Whether you’re preparing your kids for soccer, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport, don’t forget one of the best ways you can protect their dental health and reduce concussion risk.

What makes a mouthguard so important?

1. Sports-related dental injuries affect a lot of people.

Naturally, no one wants their child to be injured in any way while playing sports, but, unfortunately, dental injuries happen more frequently than you might think. From the American Dental Assistants Association’s Sports-Related Dental Injuries and Sports Dentistry educational materials (emphasis ours):

“Approximately 20 million children participate in various sports programs in the United States and another 80 million are involved in unsupervised recreational sports. In addition, 15 million Americans suffer dental injuries and 5 million teeth are lost annually in sports-related injuries. During a single athletic season, athletes have a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. In fact, the lifetime risk of such an injury is estimated to be about 45% according to the National Youth Sports Foundation.”

2. Mouthguards are effective in preventing dental injuries.

There are a few types of dental injuries. Teeth can become chipped, broken, loose, or lost altogether. Dealing with a dental trauma can be hard for anyone, especially kids. Your teeth affect how you smile, how you eat, and how you speak. Treatment for dental injuries can also be costly. A mouthguard helps by protecting your teeth and decreases risk of all of these types of injuries. In fact, studies have found that mouthguards are not just one way to prevent sports-related dental injuries, they are the most effective way.

3. Mouthguards are available for a range of prices.

There are three kinds of mouthguards:

  • Ready-Made: These mouthguards can be found in many grocery and drug stores and are ready to wear out of the box. They are the least expensive option, and while they do work for some, they don’t often fit very well, and as a result can be uncomfortable and make speaking difficult.
  • Boil-and-Bite: Also available in drugstores and grocery stores, as well as sporting goods stores, boil-and-bite mouthguards are a way to get a better fit while still being relatively inexpensive. Before initial use, you soften the guard material by boiling, and then “bite” into it, allowing the material to mold around your teeth and gums.
  • Custom-Made: A custom-made mouthguard is made just for you by your family dentist. For many people, this option offers the best and most comfortable fit. When your dentist makes your mouthguard, s/he can also tailor it to the needs of the individual athlete and their sport. These are also the most expensive mouthguards, but are a worthwhile investment for active kids (and adults).

If your child needs a mouthguard for the fall sports season, just get in touch with us! We’re here to help.

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Girls on the Run Shoe Drive!

At Howard Family Dental offices, we are collecting gently used shoes for Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia as part of their Shoe Drive!

In the U.S. alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year! These shoes can help families in impoverished nations in a big way. Gently worn shoes are used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a Micro-enterprise. Because of this opportunity, individuals are able to feed, clothe, and house their families.

We are collecting gently worn shoes to help under-developed nations, while raising funds to promote the Girls on the Run programs in our area! Help us make a difference in the world by giving us your gently worn shoes – any style: cleats, heels, sneakers, etc.!

If you’d like to donate, please bring your gently worn shoes to a participating office: Midtown Savannah, Southside Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon, Statesboro or Bluffton, SC.

To learn more about Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia, please visit http://www.girlsontherun-ga.org/


Interested in Whitening Your Teeth with No Sensitivity?



Our Midtown Savannah and Southside Savannah offices now offer Sinsational Smiles!

It’s a quick, comfortable and affordable way to whiten your teeth. It only takes 20 minutes, yet can take years off your appearance. We can help you achieve a whiter smile and a more confident you!

For more information and introductory specials on Sinsational Smiles, please contact the Midtown office or Southside office.

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.


Enjoy your visit at HFD? Tell others online!

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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
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  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!

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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.

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