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 ‚ÄėHoward Dental Group‚Äô 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 ‚ÄĒ 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

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October marks the start of National Dental Hygiene Month!
You can take part by talking with your hygienist about the 4 simple steps you can take each day to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse with mouthwash
  • Chew sugar-free gum

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4 Pro Tips for a Relaxing Dental Visit

A¬†lot of people get nervous or scared about seeing their¬†dentist.¬†We understand and are sensitive to patients’ concerns, and want to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible. Next time you need a dental appointment, try one or more of these¬†tips for making¬†your experience a positive one.

1. Talk to your dentist and dental team.

Talking to us about your concerns is THE most important thing you can do. We’re here to help and want to make you comfortable!

If you’re a new patient…¬†Would you like a tour of the office? Do you have questions you want to ask the dentist before you make a decision? Just let us know!

If you’re already a patient… Do you like extra time to ask a lot of questions? Or maybe you’d rather not hear certain details? Is there something specific you would like to have done or not done during your treatment? You can always ask for breaks during treatment by raising your hand if you’re unable to speak.¬†Every person is different, so the more you can help us get to know you, the better we’ll be able to tailor your experience to your needs and preferences.

2. Ask us for extras!

Most of our offices have comfort items¬†available for you,¬†like protective eye wear, pillows for a sore neck, blankets if you tend to get chilly, and bottled water if you are thirsty. Many offices have TVs available for patients to watch during treatment, so¬†if you’d rather have a movie on than a cooking show, just say the word. (If there is something you know you will want, call us in advance to make sure that it is available at the office you visit.)

3.  Make yourself comfortable when you come in.

Wear your most comfortable clothing. If you have a favorite sweatshirt or flannel pants, wear ’em. If it will help you relax, wear your soft flannel pajamas! We won’t judge you for what you wear- we’ll be totally¬†jealous that you get to wear PJs. Many patients like to listen to music or other relaxing sounds like ocean waves when they come in, so feel free to bring your phone, iPod or other device if this might help you. Another trick for helping you stay comfortable is chapstick.¬†Put some on when you come in, or ask us if you forgot yours. Need something to do with your hands? Try bringing along a stress ball. Finally, if you are concerned about soreness, ask your dentist if it would be okay to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment.

4. Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry.

Most of our offices offer some form of sedation dentistry. Sedation options include nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas), medication to help you relax, and conscious IV sedation. The type of sedation that is best for you will depend on your unique needs, including your personal comfort level and treatment needed. If you think you might benefit from some kind of sedation, your dentist would be happy to talk about the options with you.

We have lots of ways to help our patients feel more comfortable with their treatment. The more comfortable¬†you are, the¬†better we can help you maintain your dental health, and your optimal health is our number one priority! If you’re due for a checkup or have other dental needs, just give us a call – 912-629-9000¬†– or use the button below!

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Use or Lose your Dental Insurance Benefits!

Use It or Lose It!

Get all you deserve this year.

Have you been putting off a check-up, cleaning or treatment? Call now and we’ll tell you what’s left of your benefits, down to the penny!

Part of our giving is making sure our patients get all they are entitled to.

You may not know it, but dental insurance is a “use it or lose it” proposition. 96% of patients let their unused dental insurance benefits expire before the year is out.

Make an appointment before the year ends.

We want to help you have a great smile!

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Interested in Invisalign? Visit us on Invisalign Day!

You’ve come to the right place! Invisalign offers a comfortable, convenient and confident approach to teeth alignment. ¬†Our Pooler, Midtown and Bluffton offices will be hosting Invisalign Days this fall.

Drs. Lindsay Sammons (Pooler), Julie Howard (Midtown Savannah), Adam Squicquero (Bluffton) and Jennifer Christy (Bluffton) will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten your teeth! If you have wondered if Invisalign is for you, make an appointment for this special event!

  • $500 off payment due at the time of service.
  • No down payment and 24 monthly payments at 0% interest for qualified patients.
  • Free teeth whitening and bleaching syringe once Invisalign treatment is complete.
  • Space is limited to the first 15 appointments.
  • All discounts apply to treatment started on the doctor’s designated Invisalign Day.

Please see below for a full list of Invisalign Days this fall. Please call the office to make your appointment!

  • October 9th – Dr. Lindsay Sammons (Pooler)
    • 91 Brighton Woods Drive, Pooler – (912) 748-4858
  • October 23rd – Dr. Jason Howard (Pooler)
    • 91 Brighton Woods Drive, Pooler – (912) 748-4858
  • October 26th – Dr. Julie Howard (Midtown)
    • 533 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah – (912) 236-3557
  • October 29th – Dr. Adam Squicquero (Bluffton)
    • 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton – (843) 593-9380
  • November 3rd – Dr. Jennifer Christy (Bluffton)
    • 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton – (843) 593-9380
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