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Get the Most out of Your Dental Insurance!

Did you know dental insurance is typically “use it or lose it”? Most dental insurance plan benefits do not roll over at the end of the year, and many patients don’t get their money’s worth from their dental insurance because they let their unused benefits expire before the year is out.

The Bottom Line: 2015 is almost over so now is a great time to make sure you take advantage of all your dental benefits!

We want to help you get all that you deserve from your dental plan! If you’ve been putting off a check-up, cleaning or treatment, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment and to maximize your dental benefits. As a courtesy to our patients, our team members are happy to check with your insurance provider and let you know about your dental coverage*.

Call us today to make an appointment, 912-629-9000, or use the button below to make an online appointment request.

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* Please note that the information we share from your insurance provider is an estimate only; your insurance provider makes the final determination on benefit amounts.

Howard Family Dental Free Dental Day 2015!

At Howard Family Dental, we held our 7th annual ‘Free Dental Day’ on Friday, November 20th.

Over 80 Howard Family Dental team members and dentists volunteered along with: Kid’s Dentistree team, Oral and Facial Surgery Group; Dr. Theodotou and his team, Dr. Frank Scarbrough and Dr. Mike Wilson of Chatham Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and their teams. Thanks to everyone’s generous efforts, we were able to treat 181 patients for a free cleaning, filling or extraction.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Target Distribution brought food for those who are in need. Help a Child Smile brought a bus, fully equipped with dental chairs, hygiene supplies and even an x-ray machine, technician and even a pediatric dentist, Dr. King. Jim Brown and Walgreens provided flu shots and blood pressure checks. Strickland’s Funeral Home, Auto Zone and Calvary Assembly of God generously allow parking and many local restaurants offer food donations for our volunteers.

We are so grateful to all that volunteered their time, material and resources to make Howard Family Dental Free Dental Day a success. We are looking forward to next year’s event!

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3 Dental Tips to Keep You Smiling through the Holidays

‘Tis the season for sweets and treats! By maintaining good oral health during the holiday season, you can keep your smile bright and give yourself one of the best gifts of all: healthy teeth!

Holiday parties and events often lead people to eat more sugary treats and beverages than usual. And with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, oral hygiene tends to suffer. If all you want this season is to keep your two front teeth, or all of your teeth for that matter, then check out our dental tips to keep you smiling.

1. Drink Water after Holiday Beverages

Whether red or white, the high acidity levels in wine can eat away at tooth enamel. For kiddos or anyone who doesn’t drink alcoholic beverages, the same goes for sweet holiday drinks like punch. Bacteria in plaque love to feed on residual sugars. To avoid damage, refrain from swishing sweet or acidic drinks around in your mouth, and drink water in between beverages to rinse your teeth of the sugar or acid. Cheers!

2. Go Easy on Sweet Treats

Tooth-decay-causing bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, chocolate, and gingerbread cookies, increasing the likelihood of developing cavities. If you are not able to brush and floss after munching on sweets, drink water or chew a piece of gum with xylitol.

3. Be Mindful of Stress

Holiday anxiety can cause people to grind or clench their teeth, causing jaw pain, headaches, or chipping. Find ways to reduce your anxiety or talk to your dentist about a custom mouth guard to wear while sleeping.

Keep a healthy smile at the top of your wish list. Happy Holidays!

Veterans Day

Today, we celebrate America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  We thank all those who have served, protected and defended our country in the past, present and future.

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If you suffer from Sleep Apnea, we can help you rest easy

Beyond snoring, fatigue and restless nights, sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues. For many sufferers, a CPAP mask may seem like the only solution. However, CPAP can be uncomfortable, difficult for travel and had its own noise.

Fortunately, several of our doctors offer the latest sleep apnea treatment options that can offer total relief without keeping you up at night. SomnoDent is a custom-made night-time appliance that keeps the air passage open for better flow. It works on the principle of moving the lower jaw forward, tightening the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, preventing obstruction while sleeping. It is easy to use and simply fits over your teeth. Plus, it’s easy to travel with, prevents grinding and clinching and silent.

If you’re concerned about sleep apnea, would like to see if you are a candidate for SomnoDent or have other questions..

Call today to schedule a consultation! 912-629-9000

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Howard Gives..Free Dental Day 2015

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We are proud to offer our Free Dental Day every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving.

This year, our event will be held on November 20th, 2015 at our Pooler location: 91 Brighton Woods Drive (directly behind AutoZone).

Our staff and dentists will provide one free service to children and adults; please choose between a cleaning, filling or extraction. The event is first come, first serve and is limited to the first 250 people. We will begin passing out numbers at 6:30 AM.

 

National Boss’s Day!

Today is National Boss’s Day and we thought we’d celebrate by sharing a little about our wonderful boss, Dr. John Howard!

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Dr. Howard was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Dental School in 1973 from Emory University and worked on a Callville Indian Reservation in Washington State for 2 years immediately after graduation. Dr. Howard then worked at a group practice for 5 years before starting a solo practice.

In 1997, he brought his daughter, Dr. Julie Howard in as a partner. The practices started expanding and growing and several offices were opened as the ‘Howard Dental Group’ formed. As of 2006 and after 33 years of practicing dentistry, Dr. Howard moved into his full-time role in a leader, management and growth role. From this time the dental group has grown to include 10 general practices and one pediatric dentist office. He also enjoys a mentorship relationship with all doctors in Howard Family Dental.

Dr. Howard enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and most of all spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife, Cindy for 37 years and has 5 children, Tripp, Julie, Jason, Justin and Jared and 4 grandchildren. He is very proud to have a legacy company with 2 of his children in the dental group. He has always enjoyed contributing to the Savannah community.

Happy Boss’s Day to you Dr. Howard! Thank you for all you do!

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Dental Hygiene

“Numerous recent scientific studies indicate associations between oral health and a variety of general health conditions — including diabetes and heart disease.” (- American Dental Association)

Whoa! You probably know that brushing your teeth is a good idea, but many people don’t realize just how important dental hygiene is. Since October is National Dental Hygiene Month (#NDHM15), we thought there was no better time than now to spread the word and make sure you have this handy guide to keep your teeth and mouth in tip-top shape!

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So, to recap, for optimal dental hygiene, just remember:

  1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
  2. Floss Daily
  3. Rinse With Mouthwash
  4. Chew Sugar-Free Gum After Meals

 

It’s that easy!

 

All about Cavities!!

You’ve heard of them and more than likely, you’ve have one. A tooth cavity!

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Cavities are the dreaded, little holes in your teeth from tooth decay. When you drink or eat foods containing sugar and high-carbohydrates,  plaque,a sticky form of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth, forms in your mouth. The acids in plaque attack your tooth enamel, creating holes..called cavities!

Your dentist will find cavities during a regular dental exam. If you’ve had a cavity for a while, it may cause a toothache.

How are cavities treated? Your dentist will evaluate how bad the cavity is and plan treatment accordingly.

  • Fillings- Fillings are a hard material used to replace natural tooth lost due to decay. A dentist will remove the decay (bone that has become soft due to bacteria) and replace it with a composite material that will harden an fill in the missing tooth structure. It will then be shaped to fit your natural tooth and bite pattern.
  • Crowns- A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is used when a tooth has large amount of decay and is at risk of breaking. Once the dentist removes the decay from the tooth, there may not be enough good bone left to support the daily stresses of chewing, clenching or grinding. In order to prevent the tooth from breaking, and requiring removal, a crown is placed on top of the remainder of the natural tooth. Crowns are typically made of metal or porcelain. A crown will fill in the missing tooth structure so that remaining natural tooth is protected from the stresses of eating, clenching or grinding.
  • Root Canals- f the nerve becomes infected or exposed (due to decay or structural damage), it can be very painful. A root canal removes the nerve and fills the nerve cavity with composite material. While the removal of the nerve relieves the patient of pain, it also removes the life source of the tooth. A tooth that has a root canal done on it almost always needs a crown to be places as well to reinforce the strength of the tooth.

How can I prevent cavities?

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Floss!!
  • Eat nutritrous and balanced meals
  • Drink plenty of water and limit soda or sugary drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly
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