National Grandparent’s Day

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National Grandparent’s Day is this Sunday, September 13th.

Grandparent’s Day is not a well-known holiday, but is a valuable and important day. Started by Marian McQuade, the day was created primarily to bring awareness to lonely¬†elders in nursing homes and to help grandchildren learn from their grandparent’s heritage and wisdom.

We encourage you to show an act of kindness to an elderly person in your community or visit with your own grandparents, if you are fortunate to still have them in your life. It is always nice to show appreciation and make someone’s day brighter! ūüôā

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Know What You Need to About Aging and Oral Health? Take this Quiz.

September is Healthy Aging Month! Howard Family Dental wants support adults living healthy lives as they age by making sure everyone knows what they should about oral health for older adults.

Ready to test your knowledge? True or False:

  1. Bacteria stick to both natural teeth and dentures.
  2. As we age, we enter a second cavity-prone stage in our lives.
  3. Research has shown links between oral health and health problems common to older adults, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia.
  4. The average age of for people diagnosed with mouth cancers is 62.

 

How do you think you did? If you answered TRUE to each point above, then you got them all right! (Click on any point above to visit our sources.) Whether you aced the quiz or were tripped up by a few surprises, keep reading so you know the best steps to take to protect your teeth and mouth.

Brush Twice and Floss Every Day – Dentures Too!

 

This is one of the basics of oral health care at any age, and should be continued throughout your life. If you wear partial or full dentures, this also means brushing your dentures daily since bacteria in your mouth attaches to dentures as well as teeth. Be sure to use a cleaning product made for use with dentures; don’t use standard toothpaste or household cleaners! These can hurt¬†your dentures and cause unnecessary expense if you have to replace damaged¬†dentures.

Drink Plenty of Water

 

Many adults’ cavities are brought on by¬†dry mouth. While dry mouth itself is not expected¬†in typical aging, it is a side effect of hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medications.¬†Saliva does some important work¬†in the mouth, including¬†washing away bits of food, neutralizing acids in food and beverages, and providing defense against infection. When your mouth is too dry, you’re not producing¬†enough saliva, and cavities can become more likely as a result. To combat dry mouth, drink lots of water,¬†check with your family dentist about¬†an oral rinse, or¬†consider talking with your physician about possible medication alternatives.

Visit Your Dentist At Least Once a Year

 

Your local dentist can offer the best recommendation on how often to be seen for checkups, but at a minimum, you should be going once each year. Prevention and early detection are so important! The nerves in your teeth get smaller and less sensitive as you get older, and the decreased sensitivity means that you are less likely to feel pain from a cavity early in its existence. When you do feel pain, it is possible that the cavity may be too far gone and cause you to loose your tooth.  And remember the links shown between oral health and other health issues? Your dentist and dental team can help spot warning signs of other health problems, as well as perform oral cancer screenings. Last but not least, be sure to let your dentist know about any medications you are taking.

We want everyone to age happily and in good health! If you follow the steps above and maintain your oral health routine, you will be well on your way to ensuring a healthy mouth for a long time. Time for a visit? Just click below to request an appointment and any of our offices.

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Welcoming Dr. Kris Kasik to the Brunswick office!

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kris Kasik has joined our practice at the Brunswick location, in addition to Dr. Kevin Ritola. Dr. Kris Kasik is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Furman University before earning his doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Kasik enjoys spending time with family, golfing and spending time outdoors. He is married to wife, Emily.
The Howard Family Dental Brunswick office has expanded and been renovated to accommodate more patients each week.

Dr. Kasik is looking forward to building relationships with his patients in Brunswick. 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 specialties include: crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, root canals and periodontal therapy. His first day seeing patients will be Tuesday, September 1st.

Howard Family Dental is located at 159 Altama Connector in Brunswick, Georgia. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Kris Kasik or Dr. Kevin Ritola, call (912) 264-8408 or Request an Appointment

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Why We Love Mouthguards (And You Should Too!)

As parents, we’re always concerned with keeping our children safe. When it comes to sports, one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth‚Äďand their brain‚Äďis a mouthguard. ¬†Whether you’re preparing your kids for soccer, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport, don’t forget one of the best ways you can protect their dental health and reduce concussion risk.

What makes a mouthguard so important?

1. Sports-related dental injuries affect a lot of people.

Naturally, no one wants their child to¬†be injured in any way while playing sports, but, unfortunately, dental injuries¬†happen more frequently than you might think. From the American Dental Assistants Association’s Sports-Related Dental Injuries and Sports Dentistry educational materials (emphasis ours):

“Approximately 20 million children participate in various sports programs in the United States and another 80 million are involved in unsupervised recreational sports. In addition, 15 million Americans suffer dental injuries and 5 million teeth are lost annually in sports-related injuries. During a single athletic season, athletes have a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. In fact, the lifetime risk of such an injury is estimated to be about 45% according to the National Youth Sports Foundation.”

2. Mouthguards are effective in preventing dental injuries.

There are a few types of dental injuries. Teeth can become chipped, broken, loose, or lost altogether. Dealing with a dental trauma can be hard for anyone, especially kids. Your teeth affect how you smile, how you eat, and how you speak. Treatment for dental injuries can also be costly. A mouthguard helps by protecting your teeth and decreases risk of all of these types of injuries. In fact, studies have found that mouthguards are not just one way to prevent sports-related dental injuries, they are the most effective way.

3. Mouthguards are available for a range of prices.

There are three kinds of mouthguards:

  • Ready-Made: These mouthguards can be found¬†in many grocery and drug stores and are ready to wear out of the box. They are the least expensive option, and while they do work for some,¬†they¬†don’t often¬†fit very well, and as a result can be uncomfortable and make speaking difficult.
  • Boil-and-Bite: Also available in drugstores and grocery stores, as well as sporting goods stores, boil-and-bite mouthguards are a way to get a better fit while still being relatively inexpensive. Before initial use, you soften the guard material by boiling, and then “bite” into it, allowing the material to mold around your teeth and gums.
  • Custom-Made: A custom-made mouthguard is made just for you by your family dentist. For¬†many people, this option offers the best and most comfortable fit. When your dentist makes your mouthguard, s/he can also tailor it to the needs of the individual athlete and their sport. These are also the most expensive¬†mouthguards, but are¬†a worthwhile investment for active kids (and adults).

If your child needs a mouthguard for the fall sports season, just get in touch with us!¬†We’re here to help.

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Girls on the Run Shoe Drive!

At Howard Family Dental offices, we are collecting gently used shoes for Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia as part of their Shoe Drive!

In the U.S. alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year! These shoes can help families in impoverished nations in a big way. Gently worn shoes are used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a Micro-enterprise. Because of this opportunity, individuals are able to feed, clothe, and house their families.

We are collecting gently worn shoes to help under-developed nations, while raising funds to promote the Girls on the Run programs in our area! Help us make a difference in the world by giving us your gently worn shoes ‚Äď any style: cleats, heels, sneakers, etc.!

If you’d like to donate, please bring your gently worn shoes to a participating office: Midtown Savannah, Southside Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon, Statesboro or Bluffton, SC.

To learn more about Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia, please visit http://www.girlsontherun-ga.org/

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Interested in Whitening Your Teeth with No Sensitivity?

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Our Midtown Savannah and Southside Savannah offices now offer Sinsational Smiles!

It’s a quick, comfortable and affordable way to whiten your teeth. It only takes 20 minutes, yet can take years off your appearance. We can help you achieve a whiter smile and a more confident you!

For more information and introductory specials on Sinsational Smiles, please contact the Midtown office or Southside office.

Oral Cancer Screenings provided free at HFD

We are pleased to announce our 10 office locations in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina will now provide Velscope oral cancer screenings at no charge to patients of record and new patients at their scheduled dental exam.

‚ÄúWe believe an Oral Cancer Screening with Velscope is essential to our patient‚Äôs health and the new standard of care in dentistry. Velscope is proven to be one of the most effective means of screening for Oral Cancer. Velscope takes less than a few minutes to complete, is safe and comfortable for the patient, and ensures they are being screened for Oral Cancer in the most effective way possible! At Howard Family Dental, we believe every patient should be screened once a year,‚ÄĚ said Roni Copeland, Director of Dental Hygiene for Howard Family Dental.

Oral cancer is most typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. There is a growing number of young adults that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, due to HPV. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

To learn more about oral cancer or to schedule an appointment for a screening with a Howard Family Dental office near you, call (912)629-9000 or Request an Appointment.

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