Colony Square Dental Associates

How can my nutrition affect my dental health?

This question is not one we may typically think about, but it is very important. And, it’s especially true during the current pandemic we are all learning to navigate. With so many trying to recover from the quarantine binges, it’s more important than ever to question how our nutritional choices may have affected our oral health during the time that we were unable to visit the dentist and stuck at home watching tv. It is our hope that this article will serve as a great reminder to get back on track for our oral and overall health. And, as more and more people are able to get their vaccinations and the world begins to re-open up at a gradual rate, we definitely want everyone to feel and look their absolute best. Lets take a look at some good and not-so-good nutritional choices.

As many of us are familiar with the foods that cause damage to our dentition, let’s begin with those that are great for our teeth. Any foods that contain minerals are always good for aiding in strengthening our enamel. This is vital because as we know, the enamel is something that once it’s gone, we can’t get back. The foods that are enriched with calcium and phosphates, but low in sugar, truly work wonders for this cause. And, for those who may be allergic to dairy and need to turn to another alternative, nuts, fish, and eggs are all great replacements as well!

Now let’s take a look at some foods to avoid or to eat very sparingly and with moderation. Of course, the obvious answers are the first to come to mind like sugary foods, wine, excessive acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus, soft drinks, etc. However, there are some that might not “seem” so bad but really aren’t helping your pearly whites. These hidden foods include ice, chips, and dried fruits. It’s always a good rule that when you do enjoy these treats in moderation, you want to chew carefully and have a toothbrush close by.

So the main goal is to stray away from tooth decay and keep a healthy smile for years to come by monitoring your nutrition and staying diligent with your oral hygiene routines. Once you are comfortable to schedule, we certainly recommend a routine dental visit with your hygienist sooner rather than later. As many are behind due to Covid, office closures, and rescheduling to account for social distancing we want to see you in order to catch things early in the event that something unknowingly came up while you were away. And, as our staff here at Colony Square Dental Associates have all been vaccinated, we want to reassure all of our patients and make them feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. Our team is ready to tackle anything a lack of nutrition may have caused over the past year. We hope everyone has been brushing and flossing and look forward to seeing you very soon!

It’s Dental Hygiene Week | Learn Why Our Dental Hygienists Chose This Field of Study

The week of April 5th is when we recognize the dental hygiene profession across the world. We thought it would be unique to provide our patients with some insight as to why they chose to do what they do. This gave our team of superstar hygienists an opportunity to share their “why” with all of you! We hope that this helps our patients get to know them a bit more behind the mask and PPE coverings.

“As a dental hygienist, I pride myself on being a patient advocate. I love having the opportunity to meet patients from all walks of life and building rapport with them. There is great satisfaction as I work with patients to reach their optimal oral health goals. I am also very passionate about patient education, but also love what my patients teach and inspire me in return. It is so rewarding to witness the progress my patients make and knowing that I have helped to make a difference in their life.” – Laurie C. RDH (far left)

 

“I told my mom at the age of thirteen years old that I wanted to get braces. In my mind, I knew I wanted to be in dentistry, and if I was going to work with people’s teeth, mine needed to be pristine. So when my school’s guidance counselor asked me what my plans were for a career, I immediately responded that I wanted a 4-year degree in the field of Dental Hygiene. I was blessed early on with the gift of knowing how I wanted to mold my future and it has been my passion and occupation for thirty-eight years now. I am very happy to have spent the majority of my career with Dr. Hochberg and his team here at Colony Square Dental Associates. The relationships with my patients, my coworkers, my doctors make it even that much more enjoyable. I am beyond thankful to be back after an almost 6 ½ year hiatus. I work at the BEST dental office anywhere!” – Phyllis D. RDH (center)

 

“I try to lead a generally healthy lifestyle and have always enjoyed learning about science. So, I decided to merge the two passions, as well as working with my hands, and studied health science. Dental hygiene definitely fit the bill I was looking for. Not to mention, I love meeting new people and enjoy getting to know them. It’s a satisfying feeling to help people take care of their teeth and have a reason to smile. I have been very lucky to have seen literally generations of patients over my twenty-seven years in the dental field.” – Karen L. RDH (far right)

 

We are a little biased, but we have the very best dental hygienists in Atlanta. Each member of our hygiene team brings something special to the table all the while remaining fluid with the quality of care and bedside manners we are known for. While we all know to brush and floss, but these ladies go far beyond their call of duty. If you are in the market for a new dental expert, give us a call to schedule with Laurie, Phyllis, or Karen today!

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost? | Dental Implants and Beyond

Most of us like to consider ourselves savvy shoppers. We go online and research. We ask friends and family what products they like and how much the items should costs. We compare prices and do our best to make smart shopper decisions. Not so hard when we need AA Eveready batteries for a TV remote. Or we want a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Or we need to replace our favorite jeans and know the size, color, and style number of the ones that are just too worn out to wear again. But, there are other purchases we make that are not as cut and dry and are not best explored by seeking the ‘best price around’. Our hairstylist may charge a bit more than another stylist for their haircuts; our gym membership may be more than the gym down the road. Oftentimes our decisions are based not merely on the dollar cost, but the value we place on the product or the value placed on the provider of the services we receive.

 

One of our most challenging decisions, and the most important, is how we invest in our health. We cannot compare our healthcare needs to another’s; we cannot compare our unique concerns, questions, and health-related issues to another’s, and we cannot compare what our expectations are in a healthcare provider to another’s. So, when it comes to making a decision that impacts our personal well-being and our day-to-day lives, it comes down to doing some homework and accepting the fact that the bottom line may not be the best or only factor to explore.

 

Patients frequently call and ask our Colony Square Dental Associates front office team: How much is a filling? A crown? A bridge? A dental implant? All good and fair questions. After all, one needs to know if the service is affordable based on their personal finances. But, unlike the AA Eveready batteries, how do you know that you need a filling? How many surfaces require restoration? What type of crown do you need and from what type of material will it be fabricated? Is a core buildup or a post & core needed? Is a bridge the best treatment option? Are extractions needed? Are you a candidate for a dental implant? Is there sufficient bone to support the implant? Is bone grafting or a sinus lift necessary? Not questions that can be answered in a phone call.

 

So, for example, you ask – How do I know how much dental treatment, such as dental implants, cost? And, of course, there is an answer; but one you can only obtain after a consultation with the treating dentist. Like your haircut, the answer will vary from office to office. Some differences will be due to the possibility that one dentist’s approach to the development of your treatment plan differs from another’s. Some differences will be due to different services incorporated in your plan of care and their associated fees. And other differences are related to each office’s determination of the fee structure that is developed to offer that office’s quality of care, as well as the healthcare provider’s training, experience, and expertise.

 

 

COMPARING DENTAL IMPLANT QUOTES

With the stipulation that an in-person visit to those dentists you’ve researched is imperative, there are several services you may see on your treatment plan that are in common from one office to another. Those may include fees related to: determining whether you are a candidate for dental implants, the fees for diagnostic workups prior to implant placement, dental implant placement – the surgical procedure and the associated dental implant abutments and dental implant crowns – the final restorations. While each patient’s situation is unique, treatment estimates could include:

  • Consultation
  • X-rays – pre and post-operative
  • CBCT Scan
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Extraction(s)
  • Bone grafting / Healing membrane(s) / Sinus lift(s)
  • Dental implant placement or multiple implants
  • Custom Abutment(s)
  • Dental implant crowns
  • Post-operative evaluations

 

But, the caveat is that each treatment plan is based on the dentist’s determination of the patient’s needs. So, when attempting to compare costs, a phone call to ask for a ‘price on the phone’ will not provide you with the needed information. As a consumer, making a most important decision – related to one’s health, it is incumbent upon you to evaluate the dentist’s training and qualifications, schedule a consultation with the dentist to discuss their recommendations and associated fees, and a breakdown of the dentist’s plan of care that delineates the components of the plan. Ultimately, there will also be a value, though not one with an associated dollar amount that can be put on paper, on the trust and confidence inspired by the dentist when exploring your options.

 

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

Dr. David G. Hochberg has been providing his patients, as well as the patients of referring dentists, dental implant treatment options for over 35 years. Trained in both the surgical and restorative phases of dental implants, he also served as the past president of the American Academy Implant Dentistry. To learn more about your oral health investment, call us at 404-874-6464 to schedule a consultation.

National Children’s Dental Health Month | Celebrating 80 Years!

As many of you know, our office joins thousands of others each year in a national effort to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month. The event is observed every February, and this year is no exception, despite the challenges of the ongoing global pandemic. It is exciting to be a part of an occasion that has been around for decades. In fact, this year National Children’s Dental Health Month is turning eighty!

Although we are unable to physically visit our local community as in years past, we are finding ways to connect with elementary school programs virtually. This year we will be donating toothbrushes, fun dental activity pages, and mystery “treasure box” items to the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes for The Primrose School of Midtown and The Haygood Pre-School of Atlanta. We have also included some informative literature for the parents. Dr. Mira Diora will present virtually via ZOOM video call to read a fan favorite, “Curious George Visits the Dentist.” She will also be answering all of the tough dental questions that the children have for her. It’s always surprising each year just how much they already know!

It is our goal to share the wealth with as many families as possible. That said, we’d love for you to visit the American Dental Association to access the activity pages and brushing calendar for the year 2021! These are all free to download. In addition to that, we’d love to broaden our reach for next year as well. If you have a child attending an elementary school in the Atlanta area and would like for us to add you to the list for 2022, please let us know! We are always looking to connect with new academic teams.

Dr. David Hochberg, Dr. Mira Diora, and the entire Colony Square Dental Associates team wish all of our small patients a Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month. We wish you a lifetime of healthy teeth!

2021 New Year, New Covid-19 Vaccine, & New Updates in Dentistry

2020 has definitely been one for the record books. From a temporary shutdown and a soft reopening months later to stockpiling PPE (personal protective equipment) and implementing new infection control protocols. It’s safe to say we are all ready for hope on the horizon! We continue to monitor updates provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as we do our utmost to protect the health and safety of our patients and the Colony Square Dental Associates’ team. In addition to the new procedures in place, we recently learned that oral healthcare providers are in the Phase 1A category, alongside medical healthcare personnel and those in long-term care facilities, to receive the approved vaccination for Covid-19. This will be an additional layer of protection for our front office and clinical staff. While we look forward to receipt of vaccinations, and this is a wonderful start, we understand that we have a long journey ahead of us. Our hope is that with each step forward we are able to reassure our patients they are in the best hands.

Like many, it is likely that you or a family member have missed a dental hygiene visit or two with us. While we understand your concerns, we would also like to encourage you to remember the importance of scheduling your dental hygiene visits to help you stay in good health. These visits are the cornerstones for diagnosing problems before more extensive treatment is needed, professionally removing decay-causing plaque and calculus and providing you with a bright, white smile for the New Year!

As more and more patients are receiving needed care, it’s more important now to call us as soon as possible to reserve a time and kick-off 2021 in excellent oral health. Dr. David Hochberg and Dr. Mira Diora, as well as our clinical and front office teams, are here, as always, to provide quality dental services, a safe environment, cutting edge technology, and knowledge of the ever-changing world we live in. We invite you to call us with any questions you may have.

Best wishes to our patient family, friends, neighbor a wonderful holiday season and a Happy, Healthy, New Year!

Fun Halloween Ideas for a Safe and Spooky celebration during Covid-19

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, which can only mean one thing – Halloween is finally here! And it goes without saying that this year, Halloween will look very different for all of us. However, there are still tons of fun, spooky, and creative ideas for you to try! We have compiled a list of our unique favorites in hopes to inspire you for a safer way to celebrate with your family this weekend.

Spooky Movie Night

A movie night with a chilly twist could be the perfect alternative to restore traditions for those who typically visit the theatre after trick-or-treating. With some simple black-out curtains and battery-operated flicker candles, your living area can be inexpensively transformed into an eerie indoor cinema. In fact, many channels are releasing new movies on Halloween night! And what better to pair your piping hot apple cider with, than a creepy-crawly thriller.

 

Virtual Costume Party & Pumpkin Decorating Contest

There is nothing like face-to-face interactions with family members and close friends, but the reality is, most of us have attended a few (or more) virtual meetings since the beginning of the year. So why not drop some fun hand-made invitations in the mail and make this one memorable? You could even enclose a list of items needed to participate! A virtual costume party or a live pumpkin decorating contest can be a great way to make your elderly family members laugh and feel included, even from feet or miles apart.

 

Homemade Halloween Treats

Typically, Halloween night is known for the staggering mounds of candy dumped onto the kitchen table by young children in an effort to find the perfect sweet treat after a long trek around the neighborhood. And although you can still allow them to enjoy a piece of candy or two, (so long as they remember to brush well before bedtime), it’s nice to have some yummy themed foods and snacks on hand with a bit of a healthier twist. Tangerine pumpkins with a sliver of celery as a stem, a “boo-banana” with semi-sweet chocolates for eyes, strawberries dipped in Greek yogurt, and then frozen to resemble mini ghosts, or a cauliflower crusted pizza with a pepperoni jack-o-lantern face – are all great ideas to conceptualize!

 

Glow-In-The-Dark Piñata Party

 

Gathering outdoors in smaller groups is a great alternative to ensure everyone is able to properly social-distance. And what better way to spice up this year’s Halloween celebration than with an All Hallows Eve fiesta! And, a fiesta is just not complete without a traditional pinata. Papier-mâché pinatas have been around for ages and can be store-bought or made right at home! Do you remember covering a balloon with glue and bits of newspaper? – A creative way to make your pinata POP outdoors would be to cover it with glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint! Then, once dry, fill the pinata with individually wrapped Halloween candy, and have each participant take turns hitting it with a “witches” broom. With a few sanitizing wipes handy, you will be able to easily wipe-down between swings and enjoy a new way to trick-or-treat from the comfort of your backyard.

 

So, whether you are giving out pre-bagged goodies, visiting a local pumpkin patch, or going to an outdoor trunk-or-treat in your community, we sincerely hope you will safely enjoy some spooky festivities. After all, Halloween only comes around one time each year! And don’t forget to share your photos with us on Facebook, we would love to see what new ideas your family comes up with.

Why are Dental Cleanings Important?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. And what could be better timing? After all, with Halloween around the corner, a time for treats – usually sweets – it’s a good occasion to remind one and all about the importance of periodic visits to your dentist.

Why are dental cleanings so important? A frequently asked question, and often accompanied by, “because nothing hurts” or “my smile is covered by a mask”, has a laundry list of answers. Without understanding the value of care, too often, periodic examinations, oral cancer screenings, and professional dental hygiene sessions are put off, especially during these challenging times of Covid-19.  For some, due to age or underlying medical issues, the answer as to ‘is this a good time?’ could be to wait a bit. But, for the majority of the population, neglecting routine or preventative care is actually counterintuitive to remaining in good health.

 

Just like colon cancer screenings, chest x-rays examining for early lung cancer, blood workups, or EKGs, visiting your dental hygienist and your dentist on a regular basis is critical for your overall health and wellbeing. We’ve written numerous times about the connections between your oral health and your overall wellbeing. Be it diabetes, heart disease, and medications that impact your oral health the correlation between oral health and general health is established.

Many patients schedule visits to brighten and whiten their teeth, a positive result after the professional removal of bacteria-causing plaque and calculus and polishing. Not only does a cleaning, termed dental prophylaxis, help to keep both your gums and teeth healthy, these visits also provide Drs. Hochberg and Diora, along with your hygienist, the opportunity to complete an examination. What are they looking for?

 

  • Is your gum tissue healthy? Is there inflammation or bleeding?
  • Are there any areas of gum recession?
  • Are there areas of visible decay? Is there evidence of dental decay, fractures, or bone loss, or abnormalities on your cavity-checking x-rays?
  • Are there oral rinses or specific toothpastes that could help reduce your susceptibility to decay?
  • Do any teeth show excessive enamel wear?
  • Are you clenching or grinding your teeth? – A frequent complaint during stressful times
  • Have you had a panoramic x-ray taken to check for pathology, impacted teeth, sinus congestion, or joint disease?
  • Does your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) click or pop?
  • Are existing restorations intact? Have any fractured or are there areas of leakage?
  • Are your teeth shifting? Do any teeth seem mobile?
  • Is there an excessive amount of plaque or calculus build-up? What tools and techniques can be offered to assist you with your home care regimen?
  • When you swallow, do your glands feel normal?
  • Are there any unusual oral lumps, bumps, and growths present?
  • Is there an area where the tissue color is of concern?

 

And, we can go on from there. The important take-away is that, as with all health concerns, the sooner minor issues are addressed, the better the opportunity to avoid more extensive problems and treatment down the road. So, while you may think, “it’s just a cleaning”, it’s so much more. And while you weigh what you are comfortable with during our challenging times – please know that our goal is to help you stay in excellent health. Visit our website at colonysquaredental.com to learn more about our longstanding protocols, as well as new Covid-19 precautions, for the health and safety of both our patients and our team. And, when ready, give Colony Square Dental Associates a call at 404-874-6464, so we can work with you to answer all the important questions … and keep you smiling!

Why Replace a Missing Tooth?

Though when we are out and about in public, and with safety in mind are wearing masks, smiles still abound. They show in our eyes, are shared when we are at a safe physical distance, and are seen up close when we are in the confines of our homes with our families or on Zoom and FaceTime. And, hopefully, soon we will be able to return to sharing smiles with all whom we encounter. Smiling shows we care, we are happy or we find humor in what was said. What else does that smile show? It shows our teeth. Do you smile with confidence? Much is said about ‘whiter and brighter’ teeth. And straighter teeth. Both are important to boost our feelings of self-esteem when we share a big smile. But as we look behind the masks and see smiles, we need to go beyond esthetics when discussing the components of a healthy smile, bringing us to a facet of dentistry we highlight in the month of September.

 

September not only brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and the start of schools, it’s also Dental Implant Awareness Month. Why is this an important topic in today’s world? And why does Colony Square Dental Associates take time to address this issue? Because there is never a holiday from good health. And to achieve a healthy state of being, we need to do all the things that are beneficial to our bodies. We know what they are; we hear it all the time. Exercise. Get a good night’s rest. Decrease stress. And eat a healthy, balanced diet.

 

This is where our oral health comes in. We enjoy having a beautiful smile, but we have to go beyond. It’s fundamental to our wellbeing to be able to eat nutritious foods in comfort. When one, or more, teeth are missing, this sets off a chain of unwelcome events. Whether the lost tooth is in the back of our mouth, where no one knows it’s missing and it doesn’t impact that dynamic smile, or whether it’s in an upper front tooth, replacement is equally as important. Why?

 

There are a number of reasons:

  • Our upper and lower arches work together as a team. They join together enabling us to bite into and chew our foods. When a tooth on the lower arch is missing, the one above, over time, has nothing pressuring it to remain in place. The root of the remaining tooth can loosen from its purchase in the bone and begin to drift downwards. Now, we not only have a missing tooth, we also have a tooth, which otherwise could have been in good health, loosening its firm hold within the upper arch. As the tooth drops down, there is also the potential that the sinus cavity, resting above the roots of the teeth, can begin to descend and enlarge.
  • Our teeth are somewhat like dominos; when one starts to teeter and fall, it impacts the dominos next to it. When there is a void where a tooth has been, though not occurring as fast as the toppling dominos, the teeth adjacent to the void have nothing keeping them from moving into the space, and drifting can occur over time. This can cause loosening of the adjacent teeth as well as crookedness.
  • And, above all, the understanding of how our teeth, gums, and supporting bone work together comes into play … our bodies know when there is disuse of an area. Just like muscles that atrophy when we don’t use them, the same is true of the bone that supports the roots of our teeth. Blood flow goes to the bone tissue, keeping it healthy as is does its work to keep the tooth’s root firmly in place. But when a tooth is lost, the forces of chewing that were transferred to the bone, keeping it stimulated and healthy, are lost. Without the force, the bone volume cannot be maintained. Over time, atrophic changes can cause periodontal disease, the loss of additional teeth, and a change in your appearance. And, especially when there are many teeth that are missing, as bone volumes decrease the jaw can appear as though it has collapsed with lips looking thinner and cheeks sunken.

 

As we can see – it takes teamwork. As Dr. David G. Hochberg and Dr. Mira Diora say, each member is essential. After all, it’s you, and your health, that will be the winner or the looser. Replacing a critical member of the team keeps the entire team in good working order. And that’s where a dental implant comes into play. The dental implant itself acts to replace the natural root of a tooth. It is implanted into the site where the root of the natural tooth has been lost and then it is restored with a dental implant crown. The forces of chewing, once again transferred to the bone tissue, helps to maintain the bone tissue in the jaw, avoid, a sagging jaw, drifting of teeth, and the potential for periodontal disease and further tooth loss.

 

Whether you have lost a tooth due to accidental injury or disease – communication is the first step. Ask Drs. Hochberg & Dr. Diora if you are a candidate for dental implants. Team up with our dentists. Review your options. Learn how dental implants work and the sequence of care so that you can smile with confidence, chew in comfort, and optimize your oral health.

Dentistry, Covid-19 & Food Insecurity

Colony Square has been our dental home for over 35 years. Located in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta, we’ve seen a small diner, Gorin’s, on the corner of 14th and Peachtree become the Proscenium, the National Service Industries building is now King & Spalding and the neighborhood is home to countless residents, changing the landscape from predominately commercial, to one with enough residential to warrant the largest Whole Foods in the Southeast! And throughout this time, looking out of our office windows, we’ve seen Midtown’s growth and we are thankful. Thankful to have been able to provide quality oral healthcare to so many who work and live in the area and to those that drive from the suburbs, valuing the care and services we provide. And with so many years under our belts and the many ups and downs in our economy, we’ve weathered those storms and are appreciative of all who have continued to seek us out for their dental needs. It continues to be our honor to care for generations of patients’ families … who’ve become our friends.

And though we are a small business, we take the responsibility of being a part of the fabric of Midtown, seriously. Annually, we stop discussing hygiene visits, dental crowns & bridges, dental implants, Zoom teeth whitening, and Invisalign and put aside the world of dentistry to, in our way, give back to the community. Be it food shopping for the Atlanta Food Bank or clothes shopping for Dress for Success, buying coats and books for children, or donating to the

Ben Massell Dental Clinic, it’s important to us that we share our good fortune with others. Though our annual ‘give back’ event is typically around the holidays, with Covid-19, we are beginning our yearly event now; there has never been a time in Colony Square Dental Associate’s history that we’ve seen the need be greater.

So, how does Covid-19, with job losses and salary reductions, relate to this year’s campaign? We’ve written many times about the importance of maintaining one’s oral health and its correlation with overall health. And those who read our blogs know we strive to educate our patients about the ‘how and why’ our diets, both what we eat and what we drink, impact the health of our teeth and supporting structures. At every visit, our dental hygienists stress the importance of brushing and flossing properly, not only keeping our teeth healthy but also critical to our periodontal (gum) and supporting bone health.

But, exacerbated by Covid-19, many do not have the luxury of selecting the foods that are recommended for dental and overall wellbeing; these foods are typically more expensive. Lack of abundance of healthy choices especially impacts our youth whose teeth and bones are developing. Food insecurity has been a longstanding problem with an estimated 1 in 5 children unable to partake in meals balanced with the whole fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fishes, and sugar-free foods that comprise a balanced diet. And during the pandemic, with many schools closed to in-person learning, there are children who participate in school lunch programs missing out on breakfasts and lunches designed by dieticians to be nutrient-rich. Often, the items less costly include prepared foods, full of sodium, preservatives, and sugar additives as well as fast foods and sugary drinks and snacks. Most of these items not only do not provide the important vitamins and minerals a child needs to develop and thrive or an adult to be able to eat comfortably and smile with confidence, they contain sugars – a main contributor to dental disease. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “dental carries is the number one disease worldwide”, often caused by poor diets. And, while there is a combination of factors that impacts oral health, there have been countless studies showing the relationship between a poor diet and dental decay. And equally, there are years of research showing a correlation between oral health and overall health.

The pandemic has worsened the crisis of food insecurity. With lines at food banks throughout our country and in our home city of Atlanta, continuing, we are jump-starting the holiday season with another Facebook challenge. Our goal is to ask our patients to challenge us to remember those who need assistance. If we all do a little, when added together, we can do a lot! How can you help? Every time you see our Facebook Challenge Thermometer, sitting on an apple, on a post, push us forward with a Like or Share. For every Like we pledge $1.00; for every Share, we pledge $3.00 to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Our campaign begins on September 1st and continues until December 1st.  At the end of each month, we will empty our piggy bank and present a donation to the director of ACFB. So all you need to do is click the Facebook icon on our website (colonysquaredental.com) or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/colonysquaredental. Every dollar donated to ACFB purchases $9.00 worth of groceries. When we do a little; we will do a lot!

We appreciate our patient families who have helped Colony Square Dental Associates be successful in our past campaigns. And Drs. Hochberg and Diora, along with the CSDA treatment team, are hopeful for even more bountiful support this year.

Tips to Keep Our Children in Good Dental Health | Even During a Pandemic

Over the past several weeks life seems to have hit the proverbial “pause” button for many of us. We are spending more quality time with our partners, spouses and children. While slowing down the pace of our day-to-day lives could be a good thing for mental health, it is equally as important to make sure we are keeping our bodies healthy, both orally and physically. This should be a conscious family effort – with our children at the forefront.
Why is it so important to highlight the kids? Put simply, they are quite easily the second most vulnerable, aside from our elderly age group. Many factors play a part, but one very important reality is they are truly at a “carefree” stage of life. Meaning, they do not understand the seriousness of COVID-19 or the precautions that must be set in place. It is our job as their parents, guardians and healthcare providers, to ensure we do our part to keep them healthy and happy.
We have compiled a list of healthy dental to-do’s to incorporate into your household’s new daily routines:
> Assist with hand washing prior to routine dental care, such as brushing or flossing. It is important to remember this involves touching our faces. A good rule of thumb is to sing your ABC’s twice through before picking up your toothbrush.
> Remember to remind your little ones to brush at least twice a day – preferably in the morning and right before bedtime. These are good times to remove all of the sugar-bugs!
> Flossing is equally important, especially now that we have so much time on our hands. No excuses to forget this healthy habit! Did you know that if you don’t floss you are leaving 35% of your teeth’s surfaces unprotected and susceptible to plaque? 
> Encourage your family to eat a well balanced diet. Quarantine snacking gets the best of all of us from time to time. However, we must hit the brakes and limit our intake of sticky, sugary snacks, like cakes, candies, and cookies. Watch when your children snack; keep it limited; constantly eating and snacking all day can increase your family’s risk for cavities.
> We have attached a link to the American Dental Association’s website (ADA), that has provided us with  for those rainy days when keeping indoors is a must! It is a great reminder for your children and they learn about oral health in a very fun way. These range in difficulty for several age groups. We encourage you to take a look!


Now that we have our mouths healthy, it’s important to get our bodies moving too! We have listed some fun, safe, and physical activities you can do as a family to get everyone off the sofa.
> Plan an “at home” Field Day with both indoor and outdoor activities! Designate a leader and have 6-10 work-stations with engaging projects that are fun for all age groups. Use household items you already have, there is no need to go out and buy supplies! YouTubeis a great source for at-home science projects and organized outdoor games. Additionally, many local school districts are offering fun ideas to keep your children busy. We recommend visiting your child’s school website for more information on what they are offering in your area.
> Create a sidewalk chalk obstacle course in your driveway and have everyone participate. There are many ways to stay active. Each member of the family can come up with something, we are sure of it!
> Go for a walk or a nice bike ride if the weather is pretty. We should get our heart rates up daily. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of play/physical activity for children daily and at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to intensive aerobic activity for adults.
At Colony Square Dental Associates, we take our jobs seriously by keeping our patients well informed of the rapidly changing world around us. For many, we are the only healthcare facility a patient, adult or child alike, visits routinely during the year. Although that may seem surprising, it is not uncommon. And as so many health concerns have been directly linked to one’s oral well-being, we urge our patients, young and mature, to keep healthy from the inside – out. 
Dr. Hochberg and Dr. Diora would love to hear about how your family has been taking a team approach to health during this time. Feel free to send us pictures or video messages on our Facebook page. We miss all of your smiling faces and would love to hear from you!