X-Ray of impacted wisdom tooth with text: Wisdom teeth, not that wise

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Called Wisdom Teeth?

If you get your wisdom teeth out, don’t worry! The dentist won’t be removing your good sense. The name for your third molars, a.k.a. your wisdom teeth, comes from when they show up in your mouth. Wisdom teeth typically appear around age 17 to 25, right about the time people become adults and begin to gain some – you guessed it! – wisdom. Wisdom teeth have been called that for hundreds of years, replacing an even earlier (and clunkier) name, teeth of wisdom.

The pesky thing about wisdom teeth? 9 out of 10 of people have at least one impacted. This happens when the tooth cannot grow in fully, often because of a lack of space. If impacted teeth are left in the mouth, they can harm the teeth next to them, become infected, or attract bacteria due to the difficulty of cleaning them well. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that you have wisdom teeth evaluated early on in their growth, when you’re a young adult. Best bet? Talk to your family dentist about it.

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Of course you could get lucky… Not everyone has wisdom teeth! One estimate says that about 35% of the population is born without them.

 

 

Don’t miss..Smiles For Life this month!

Smiles for Life, Fundraising, Children's Charities

Howard Family Dental offices are participating in Smiles for Life, through June!

Our offices will offer take-home whitening kits for a discounted price – a donation to Smiles for Life!

100% of proceeds will go to children’s charities; 50% towards national and global children’s charities and 50% towards local charities. The proceeds Howard Family Dental raises will benefit Howard Hand in Hand, a support program for children at St. Joseph’s/Candler that will provide support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life threatening disease.

Howard Hand in Hand

For more information on Howard Hand in Hand, visit http://www.sjchs.org/howard-hand-in-hand.

For more information on Smiles for Life, click here.

Visit any of our ten locations during the months of March – June for your Smiles for Life whitening kit or to simply make a donation. Please make checks payable to ‘Smiles for Life.’

You can also check out our post on some common teeth whitening questions.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a short-term orthodontic treatment that uses unique, clear braces to move your teeth!

Six Month Smiles Clear Braces

With Six Month Smiles, you can improve your smile (and your self-confidence!) in an average treatment time of 6 months. The braces are clear and barely visible while still providing the final result of a beautiful smile!

Six Month Smiles is offered by these dentists at Howard Family Dental:
Please call the office to set up an appointment to see if Six Month Smiles is right for you.

    • Dr. Abby Dew
      Howard Family Dental Southside
      206 E. Montgomery Cross Road
      Savannah, GA 31406
      (912) 927-3615

Land of the Free…Because of the Brave

American flags fill the frame.

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.”

– President Ronald Raegan, 1986

Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day!

Oral Cancer Screening Success

In April (Oral Cancer Awareness Month), we offered patients free Velscope (oral cancer screenings).

We are happy to report that combined, our 10 dental offices gave away 1,289 free oral cancer screenings!

We encourage everyone to routinely ask their oral care provider for an oral cancer screening. An oral cancer screening uses technology to check or abnormal cells or lesion in the oral cavity. Any abnormality detected will indicate the need for more advanced screenings and tests and could help save your life.

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Dr. Christy Cole Harpring hosting Invisalign Day

Get the confident smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign!

Smile on Beach

Dr. Christy Cole Harpring is hosting Invisalign Day on Thursday, June 18th (7AM-3PM) at the Wilmington Island location!

Dr. Christy will be providing free consultations before June 18th to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten your teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment to this special event.

  • $500 off treatment started on June 18th.
  • No down payment and 24 monthly payments at 0% interest for qualified patients.
  • Invisalign treatment is generally eligible for reimbursement under FSA plans.
  • Ask about our patient referral program
  • Free teeth whitening for life for all patients that start Invisalign and are enrolled in our re-care program.
  • Please schedule consult before, as treatment must begin June 18th to receive discount.

Space is limited to the first 15 appointments

Call 912-897-9000 to schedule your appointment!

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