Dental Exams & Oral Hygiene
For Healthy Teeth and Gums
Why is oral hygiene so important? Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily, along with professional cleanings by a hygienist and regular dental exams.
To see a demonstration of proper brushing and flossing techniques, watch our educational videos:
You should visit your dentist every 3-to-6 months as recommended by your dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning. At those times, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and provide an evaluation of any dental problems and a proposed treatment plan to return your mouth to health.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Preventative Care – Dental Exam FAQ
Learn more about different types of hygiene appointments:
Q. What is a ‘deep cleaning’?
A ‘deep cleaning’ is an old term that describes periodontal root planing and scaling. It is a non-surgical periodontal therapeutic procedure designed to remove bacteria and calculus accumulations, deep under the gum tissue on the root surface of the teeth. Your dental hygienist provides these services following the administration of dental anesthesia by your dentist. The goal is to help the gum tissue heal, by eliminating inflammation and bleeding, promoting shrinkage of the periodontal pocketing. Oftentimes this prevents the need for gum surgery.
Q. Does dental ‘scraping’ remove enamel from my teeth?
A. When your dental hygienist scrapes your teeth during your cleaning procedure, she is removing accumulations of food, bacterial plaque and hardened calculus. The instruments are specially designed to remove the debris without damaging your teeth. Also, the enamel of a tooth is very hard and in the hands of your professionally-trained hygienist, the enamel is left smooth as glass.
Patient Reviews for Dental Exam and Teeth Cleaning
Colony Square Dental Associates
Dr. Hochberg and all the staff make the experience of going to the dentist so wonderful. They are all extremely good at what they do, they listen to my concerns and answer any questions I have, and they also really care about each patient they see - always asking about my job, family, personal, etc. They really go the extra mile and I would recommend them to any friend or family member. In my opinion, they are the best in Atlanta. I'm so grateful to have been referred to Dr. Hochberg and will continue seeing him for many years to come. I trust this office for all my dental needs. Thanks Colony Square Dental for everything you do!
- Kate M
I am very happy with the office. I have been coming since 1981 and have always been pleased with my dentalcare, hygienist, the office staff, Dr. Hochberg, Eleanor, Dr. D. Hope I have not missed anyone.
- James L
Karen is always great. Has a really good attitude and compels you to better dental health with kindness
- Taylor S
Staff is always smiling, friendly, and welcoming. There are TVs in every room, headphones always offered, they're always trying to make it a comfortable experience. They answer all of our questions with a smile on their face, and are always willing to help however they can! We really enjoy this office.
- Nichole T
Had a new hygienist today- Michelle- and thought she did an awesome job! Have always loved coming to Dr. Diora and do recommend this practice to my friends
- Lauren B
I've been coming for over 25 years and I continue to be completely satisfied.
- Norman L
Always a pleasure to come here. Everyone calls me by my name, remembers personal stories, is welcoming. Treatment is very professional. I've always felt listened to and involved in treatment decisions. Thanks.
- Kit Y
Everyone at Colony Square Dental is so friendly! I actually look forward to getting my teeth cleaned and always enjoy seeing everyone.
- Carrie F
Been having my dental work done here for over 30 years! Great office and staff. Dr Hocknerg is the best!
- Terri P
Always a pleasure!
- Edmund B
Super great staff, helpful in moving schedule up. Online video on how to find office was also really nice.
- Charles E
Friendly, efficient, accommodating
- Wendy L
- Susan. L
Always very friendly, very comfortable, explain everything that happens.
- Mark L
Great staff, great doctor, comfortable environment - no one could ask for more. Colony Square Dental Associates actually make it fun to go to the dentist. Keep up the phenomenal work!
- Larry B
I have been a patient of Dr. Hochberg and his office for over 30 years. The service is always excellent and the staff very professional. I have had the same hygienist the entire time and our children now see her as well. Our family is always well taken care of and everyone at the front desk always has a smile. I could not ask more more. Thank you for taking care of us all this time!
- Lloyd H
Everything was perfect! Cheryl did a great job with my cleaning and everything was very quick.
- Milly E
Cheryl is fantastic. Entire family now goes to colony square dentist.
- Andrew H
The best dental experience I have EVER had! Dr. Diora was wonderful, nice and made me feel super comfortable. Her assistant was fun, efficient and when they were taking the bite-xrays, it was painless! Angela the hygienist made a visible difference with her skills. The front desk personnel were very helpful and so nice! This was truly the most pleasant experience I have had at a medical/dental office. Thank you all and keep it up!
- Vinita C
Everyone in the office is both cordial and professional.
- William H