Successful 2016 Free Dental Day!

THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their materials, services and time to help make our 2016 Free Dental Day a huge success! We were able to serve over 220 people this year.

We are so thankful to serve this wonderful community 8 years in a row and it would not be possible without our volunteers!

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Difference Between Night Guards and Mouth Guards

We’ve heard a few names for the plastic thing people wear to protect their teeth during physical activities or sleep. If you or your children are involved in contact sports, or if you ever feel jaw pain especially after sleep, we’ll clear up the differences between night guards and mouth guards for you. And we’ll help you decide which one you need.

What is a Night Guard?

An occlusal splint is commonly called a dental guard, night guard or bite guard. It is used to protect your teeth while you sleep. Most dentists recommend night guards to patients who grind their teeth, which is often as a result of stress or anxiety. When someone habitually grinds his or her teeth, it is called bruxism, a very common condition that affects 10% of people and as many as 15% of children. Grinding your teeth can ruin enamel, increase tooth sensitivity and chip your teeth. Too much grinding and clenching of the jaw can result in a condition of the jaw called TMJ, which can sometimes require surgery.

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Do you or your children ever wake up with jaw pain or think you might be grinding your teeth? Schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss getting a custom-fit night guard. In just one visit, we can evaluate your grinding habits and take an impression of your smile. Some of our offices can even make your night guard in their own lab! In about 1-2 weeks, you’ll have your night guard and be sleeping easier.

What is a Mouth Guard?

A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, lips and gums. The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouth guard for many sports played in the fall and winter:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Custom mouth guards are recommended over store-bought, and do more than just protect your teeth. According to one study, “high school football players wearing store-bought mouth guards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injuries than those wearing properly fitted, custom mouth guards.” Ask your dentist to make a dental impression for you, which will be sent off to a lab that produces mouth guards or made in one of our office’s labs.

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Girls on the Run 5K Celebration Run

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Join us Saturday, November 12

Girls on the Run is an organization in Coastal Georgia that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Howard Family Dental is prooud to be a sponsor of this weekend’s Girls on the Run 5K Celebration Run to raise money for programs that inspire young women to achieve their goals.

Time: 8:30 AM
Venue: Bryan Square, Hutchinson Island, Savannah, GA
Location: Savannah, GA

Online registration for the 5K Celebration Run is now closed. To register for the event, go to Fleet Feet on Nov. 11 from 10:00-6:00 OR on race morning at 7:00am at Bryan Square on Hutchinson Island. For complete details about the 5K Celebration run, click here.

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Message from Girls on the Run’s Executive Director

We were able to reach 565 girls during this fall season, our largest number of girls ever.  We anticipate a large crowd on Saturday, November 12th for our fall 5K, beginning in Bryan Square which is located between The Westin and the International Trade Center.  The run begins at 8:30 AM from Bryan Square and will continue through Hutchinson Island and onto the back nine of the Club at the Harbor.   There is plenty of free parking at the International Trade Center. We will be having lots of fun before the start in our games area, having our hair painted, using the hula hoops, writing notes of gratitude and, of course, dancing to the tunes.  We hope you will join us for much of the morning. We plan to have a table and two chairs in the vendor area for you as in the past.

We are also looking for volunteers to help that morning, so please spread the word to your family, friends and co-workers!  Volunteers may also sign up on our website.  We need nearly 100 volunteers to make sure this run is safe and successful for our community.

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National Brush Day 2016

November 1 is more than just the day after Halloween. It’s also National Brush Day, when we remind ourselves to brush twice daily and help educate our children on the importance of dental hygiene. In addition to other healthy habits, brushing 2 times for 2 minutes every day helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

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Teaching good dental hygiene to our children is especially important, so that they can make brushing twice part of their daily routine. According to Psychology Today, habits that develop early in life can be very difficult to change — so helping your children understand the importance of dental hygiene will transition into keeping healthy habits as an adult.

The Children’s Oral Health campaign encourages parents to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure they’re brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Their website, 2min2x.org, has plenty of educational and fun resources to help parents out, including these easy Tooth To-Dos:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste for kids ages 3-6, and use slightly more when they’re older.
  • Teach them to spit out the toothpaste when they’re done so they don’t swallow it.
  • Help your kids place the toothbrush at an angle against their gums.
  • Make sure they move the brush back and forth, gently, in short strokes.
  • Help them brush the front, back, and top of teeth.
  • Teach them to brush their tongue to remove germs and freshen breath.

For more tips, be sure to read Colgate’s Teeth Brushing For Kids: Three Strategies For Proper Technique.

Show Your Support

If you’d like to show your support for #NationalBrushDay, there are plenty of ways to get involved on social media.

Dental-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

Headed to a Halloween party and can’t think of any costume ideas? We’ve got you covered! We looked all over Pinterest and found some fun, do-it-yourself costumes you can make right at home. From cute to spooky, these inexpensive ideas are great for kids and adults too! Be sure to check out our Dental Halloween Costumes board on Pinterest for the complete list.

For Kids: Tooth Costume

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Why not, right? And this is a great way to recycle any pillows you own that have lost their fluff. Just grab those two old pillows you’re replacing, a pair of scissors, a needle and thread. Follow the simple directions in this YouTube video and in 15 minutes, your kid will be wearing one toothfully cute costume.

If you want to ramp  it up, you could add a pair of all-black sweatpants or tights and a black sweatshirt, then you’d look like a tooth floating through the night. Maybe wear some glasses, wear a beard or walk with a cane and tell people you’re a wisdom tooth! Or you can wear some ears and put on some make up to look like a bear, and call yourself a molar bear! It’s always fun to get a little punny with your costumes.

For Couples: Toothbrush and Toothpaste Costume

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Probably the most classic dental-themed costume is the tube of toothpaste. This one’s super easy to make out of recycled household items too! Just grab an old sheet, a lampshade, scissors, thread and a needle. You might need to go out and purchase these though: hot glue gun, headband and felt paper. We bet you can guess how these all fit together, but here are some better directions if you need them.

As for being a toothbrush, there are plenty of ways to make a brush. Basically all you need is a headband and a way to attach something flat with “bristles” attached. We recommend cardboard for the head and drinking straws for the bristles, but you can also use some light wood, zip ties or any other materials found in your garage or basement. Then just make sure your shirt and pants match and now you’ve got yourself a toothbrush costume!

For Everybody: Tooth Fairy

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Of course the Tooth Fairy is often depicted as a woman, but guys can have fun with this costume too! Every good Tooth Fairy costume features four main components: wings, wand, crown and a tutu. Even though a lot of people buy wings, this YouTuber has a cool tutorial on making your own pair with coat hangers and pantyhose. And it’s pretty easy to convert plastic headbands into a crown with some construction paper, glitter or other art supplies you have at home.

As for making a wand, we’ve seen a lot of people get creative — this pin shows one made entirely out of toothbrushes! But if you take a look around your house or apartment, we bet you can create your own. We’re thinking covers of notebooks glued to look like a tooth in the photo to the left. Maybe some wrapping paper cut thin for streamers. We looked around the house and found a chopstick, flashlight, umbrella and a wooden spoon we could use to make a wand.

More Dental-Themed Halloween Costumes

That’s not all! For more dental-themed Halloween costumes, just visit our board on Pinterest where we’ve got plenty more to offer. We found some pretty spooky facepaint, some more horror-themed dental costumes and even Nemo and Darla (featuring her infamous headgear) from Finding Nemo! Click here to see the rest and … Happy Halloween!

Welcoming Dr. Hankla!

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Isaac Hankla has joined our group at the Bluffton and Beaufort locations, in addition to Dr. Adam Squicquero (Bluffton) and Dr. Mark Squicquero (Beaufort). Dr. Hankla is originally from Jamestown, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Transylvania University and went on to earn his doctorate at University of Kentucky, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Hankla enjoys bicycling and collecting vinyl records. Dr. Hankla is looking forward to building relationships with his patients in Bluffton on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in Beaufort on Thursdays and Fridays beginning October 25th. 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 skills include: crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, root canals and periodontal therapy.

For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Isaac Hankla at HFD Bluffton, call (843) 593-9380. To make an appointment with Dr. Hankla at HFD Beaufort, call (843)781-8900.

Help spread the word — Free Dental Day is November 18th!

We are proud to offer our annual Free Dental Day, held on November 18th, 2016. Our staff and dentists at Howard Family Dental will provide one free service for both children and adults; choose a cleaning, filling or extraction. The event is first come, first served and is limited to the first 250 people. Learn more.

Over the last few years, the event has grown and includes many community organizations. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Target Distribution brings food for individuals and families that are suffering with food insecurity. Help a Child Smile, a mobile dentistry program for children in Georgia, brings a bus fully equipped with dental chairs, hygiene supplies, an x-ray machine and technician. Strickland’s Funeral Home and Calvary Assembly of God generously allow parking and many local restaurants offer food donations for their volunteers.
Numbers will be handed out the day of the event, beginning at 6:30 am. The event is held at our Pooler location:

91 Brighton Woods Drive

Pooler, GA 31322

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National Dental Hygiene Month 2016

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. For the seventh straight year, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) are dedicating this month to starting the conversation about The Daily 4.

The Daily 4

The Daily 4 represent the foundation for a healthy smile. Brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing every day – also using proper technique – won’t guartantee perfect dental hygiene for the rest of your life, but they will improve the color of your teeth, the way your breath smells, the health of your gums and have a significant impact on your overall health. Are you doing the Daily 4 right? Keep reading for tips on technique and frequency, or head over to adha.org for some more in-depth information on #NDHM2016.

Brush: This one is easy. Brush for two minutes at least twice each day. Most people like to brush when they wake up and before they go to bed. But brushing after every meal doesn’t hurt! Are you using the correct technique when you brush? Click here to find out.

Floss: You might’ve seen some recent reports about the effectiveness of flossing. The ADHA and Mortenson Family Dental are united in our opinion — Flossing is still an important part of your dental hygiene routine. If you’d like to read more about it, check out this article we wrote.  And for tips on proper flossing technique, click here.

Rinse: Did you know teeth alone account for less than half of the mouth? Don’t forget about the rest! Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps eliminate biofilm and bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot. Talk with your dentist to figure out which mouth rinse is right for you. For a simple guide on rinsing, click here.

Chew: Believe it or not, chewing sugar-free gum is not just good at curing bad breath. Chewing sugar-free gum also stimulates salivary glands in your mouth, which helps clean out food and neutralize acids found on your teeth. So go ahead, chew some gum after your meal. Just make sure it’s sugar-free!

Show your support for #NDHM2016

Below is a poster you can print out and a banner that fits perfectly as your Facebook cover photo. If you’re serious about dental hygiene, show your support this month and help start the conversation!

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Welcoming Dr. Dunham!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Roderick Dunham has joined the practice at our Statesboro location, in addition to Dr. Michael Whirt. Dr. Roderick Dunham is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Louisville. He went on to graduate from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Dunham enjoys spending time with family and building model cars. He is married to wife, Peyton and has three daughters and one son.
Dr. Dunham is trained with an emphasis on restorative dentistry. He takes a holistic approach to dentistry and considers his patient’s entire health condition. He loves interacting with patients and building lasting relationships. His skills include; general dentistry, crowns & bridges, dentures, root canals, periodontal therapy, teeth whitening, and extractions. His first day seeing patients will be Monday, September 12th.

Howard Family Dental – Statesboro is located at 1076 Northside Drive East, Statesboro, GA 30458. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Roderick Dunham or Dr. Michael Whirt, call (912) 225-4400 or Request an Appointment.

 

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