Land of the Free…Because of the Brave

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“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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Not Sleeping Well? Two Ways Your Dentist Can Help

Do you often feel like you don’t get a good night’s sleep? When your sleep is disrupted, it’s not only unpleasant, it can be bad for your overall health. There are lots of reasons you might be sleeping poorly, and your dentist can be your ally in discovering or ruling out certain causes.

1. Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which your upper airways close off and interrupt your breathing while you sleep. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Routine loud snoring
  • Waking gasping for air
  • Feeling overly fatigued during the day
  • Falling asleep unintentionally in the daytime

If you think you may have OSA, talk to your doctor. To properly diagnose OSA, you will have to do an overnight sleep study. Many people diagnosed with OSA can be treated using an oral appliance, a small, plastic device that you place in your mouth while sleeping that helps keep your airways open. Your dentist can help to fit you with an oral appliance made specifically for your unique needs.

2. Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, can also cause you to sleep poorly. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw at night, your sleep might be disrupted by the sound of the grinding, hard clenching, or associated pain. Some signs that you might be grinding your teeth include:

  • Pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw
  • A clicking or popping sound in your jaw
  • Visibly worn down teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

If you’re thinking these sound like you, talk to your dentist. Your dentist will be able to examine your teeth and mouth to help determine if you are grinding your teeth. Often, teeth grinding can be treated with a mouthguard, which your dentist can custom-make for you.

Don’t neglect your sleep. Talk to someone.

Your sleep is important to your health, so don’t ignore signs that you’re not getting adequate sleep. Give us a call, we’d be happy to schedule an appointment to see you. 912-629-9000 You are also welcome to use our online appointment request form by clicking the button below.

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Whitening Your Teeth: Three Common Questions

A brighter smile can be a great confidence booster for lots of people! We are often asked how to prevent tooth discoloration and how we whiten teeth, so we’ve rounded up the answers here for you.

What causes teeth to change color?

Teeth can appear discolored on the outside when there is a build-up of plaque, or the tooth enamel becomes stained. Common contributors to stains are dark colored beverages, like coffee and cola, and smoking. Teeth can also change color on the inside due to too much fluoride exposure or use of tetracycline during childhood, trauma to a tooth, or a rare medical condition. (Find more details here: causes of tooth discoloration.)

What can I do to prevent tooth discoloration?

  • Don’t smoke / quit smoking.
  • Avoid or consume sparingly foods and drinks that stain your teeth, including red wine, coffee, tea and cola, and foods that change the color of your tongue.
  • Rinse with water after meals, especially when you enjoy a food or drink that may cause stains.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.


How can I whiten my teeth?

If you decide you’d like to whiten your teeth, your best first step is to consult your dentist. Depending on the cause of discoloration and other health factors, you may or may not be a good candidate for whitening treatments or products. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you will benefit from whitening treatment.

The most common whitening solutions are in-office whitening treatments, and over-the-counter products.

In-office treatments:

  • Are performed at your dentist’s office
  • Can yield immediate results
  • Can whiten teeth as much as 10 shades


At-home products:

  • Are used in the comfort of your home
  • Come in both dentist-supervised and non-dentist-supervised varieties
  • Can take about two weeks to see results


How long whitening results last is varied for both methods, depending on a patient’s unique oral health, diet, genetics and other factors. A ballpark idea would be around six months to two years.

If you have more questions about teeth whitening, you can call any Howard Family Dental location and we’d be happy to talk with you. And don’t forget about our Smiles for Life whitening promotion, March through June!


Howard Family Dental 2015 Summit!

We had a blast celebrating all of our team members today at the Annual Howard Family Dental Summit! The event was held at the Savannah Hilton Desoto in downtown Savannah, which we turned into the land of OZ! We hoped to convey the message of ‘You’ve got the Power!’ to everyone.

Brian Biro, the World’s Breakthrough Coach, was on site to speak and teach our team about leadership, possibility thinking, thriving on change, and team-building.  Our teams enjoyed their own ‘breakthroughs’ by actually breaking through a wood board, which they personally labeled with a situation or trait they have been struggling to get through. We are so proud of all of our team members!

Dr. H.A. Zaren and his team from St. Joseph’s Candler attended our event, where we were able to donate $30,000 for the Howard Hand in Hand support program! The money will be used to provide support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life threatening disease.

Throughout the day, we had great fun with contests, games, prizes and awards. We also held a Silent Auction for (100% proceeds benefiting) ‘Howard Hand in Hand,’ and were able to raise $1,400! At Howard Family Dental, we truly appreciate each and every one of our team members and love celebrating all their hard work!

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Smiles for Life, Now through June in HFD offices!

Your teeth get whiter, a child’s life gets brighter!

Smiles for Life, Fundraising, Children's Charities

Howard Family Dental offices are participating in Smiles for Life, March-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

What is Smiles for Life?

Smiles for Life is a national fundraising campaign that Crown Council members participate in. It is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds raised to children’s charities around the world.

Since 1988, Smiles for Life has raised over $33 million benefiting hundreds of children’s charities including Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

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.

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