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.
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
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.
Today is National Boss’s Day and we thought we’d celebrate by sharing a little about our wonderful boss, Dr. John Howard!
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!
“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!
So, to recap, for optimal dental hygiene, just remember:
It’s that easy!
You’ve heard of them and more than likely, you’ve have one. A tooth cavity!
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.
How can I prevent cavities?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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!