Colony Square Dental Associates

CSDA Visits the Big Apple

Traveling with our staff each year is something we don’t take for granted. Although most of our trips are planned to attend continuing education courses, occasionally we have an opportunity to vacation together in a more relaxed and team building environment. Last month we were privileged to experience the great city of New York. The sight-seeing, food, broadways, and shopping were second to none. We are delighted to share our memories with you.

Upon arrival, we were met by a luxury shuttle bus at the airport. Our driver, Paul, was incredibly informative and gave us a small history lesson on the way to the hotel. Who knew we would be staying at the stunning Intercontinental located directly on Times Square? After checking into our rooms we met in the lobby for a planned outing with the whole group. We arrived at a museum called “Gulliver’s Gate.” It is one of the most technologically advanced museums of miniatures out there. The intricate detail and master craftsmanship is astonishing. From a fully functioning mini-airport and a digital Niagara Falls, to hidden details and interactive moving parts, it was an absolute must-see. After touring the multiple floors, and observing the artists crafting in the workshops windows, we worked up quite an appetite and were ready for a delicious Italian dinner at the infamous Carmine’s.

The next day we were treated to a delectable brunch at a stunning historical restaurant called Tavern on the Green. Originally a sheep fold in the 1800’s, it was transformed into a public restaurant in 1934. Many people find the scenery recognizable as this was the backdrop of the popular movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. After we had our fill, we took a casual stroll to 220 Central Park South. There we were met by three coachmen of the Central Park Carriage Tours. We each hopped into a horse drawn buggy, and enjoyed the history and breathtaking views Central Park has to offer. Not to mention, the stunning Strawberry Fields, a 2.5 acre landscaped section of the park, which was dedicated to the memory of the formal Beatle, John Lennon. We were lucky enough to have experienced a local street performer strumming a soft tune of “Strawberry Fields Forever” nearby.

After a long stroll back to the hotel by way of window shopping on 5th Avenue, we prepared for dinner and the much anticipated Hamilton on Broadway. Bond 45 did not disappoint.This Italian kitchen and bar is known for their seasonal market vegetables and features an extravagant menu including house made pasta, thin crust pizza, and breakfast served all day long. Luckily, for our ladies that wore heels, the Richard Rogers Theatre was directly across the street.

 

Hamilton on Broadway was absolutely incredible. Words fail to describe the talent presented on one stage. Our seats were directly behind the live orchestra in the center section. (Leave it to Dr. Hochberg to spoil us with the very best.) The emotion, the soundtrack, and the performances were an experience of a lifetime and definitely the favorite highlight of our trip for all. The excitement continued well after the curtain closed and one lucky lady in our group reached out to a lead cast member on social media and received a response back! This was truly an encounter that will be remembered for many years to come.

The following day, Friday, we ventured out on the popular New York Subway to visit the National September 11th Memorial & Museum. Complete with a private tour, we reflected on the tragedy that affected so many Americans and their families. Although a somber experience, we learned so much about the events of the day, the individuals, and the unique perspective of what has shaped New York to become beauty from ashes again. The twin reflecting pools located on the plaza was a nice ending to always remember the lives lost. In fact, the names of each individual are inscribed into the bronze panels edging the pools. It is a powerful and constant reminder of the largest loss of life from a foreign attack in American history, of both general public and rescue personnel. A special thank you to our tour guide, Victor, for the attention to detail and impactful impression you left us with.

To complete our experience, we walked to the One World Trade Center, the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The elevator ride to the observatory deck had a floor to ceiling digital screen playing CGI animation of the development of Lower Manhattan, New York City in the last 500 years. There are no windows, but these elevators are high speed and oftentimes can make a riders slightly dizzy. It travels at 23 mph and transport passengers from the lobby to the observatory deck in a mere 47 seconds. Following a quick group photo, our staff was seated to lunch with an amazing view at ONE Dine, a restaurant located at the top of the tower with views of Midtown Manhattan, the East River, and The Hudson. The local chef inspired menu had great choices for everyone, from appetizers to finishing with dessert. After a quick descend back down, we were then on our way to The Hudson to see things a bit more at ground level.

We met at the docks of The Hudson River. A nice tour cruise boat awaited us and we enjoyed indoor seating in the VIP section, of course. The announcer gave detailed history on the bridges and buildings as we passed by. The most beautiful was that of Lady Liberty. Although it was a cloudy day, she stood tall and was seen for the first time by a handful of our team members. It was a bucket list item we were all happy to check off!

Finally the dreaded day arrived, Saturday. It would be our last full day in the Big Apple. Most of our staff made plans to enjoy the city on their own. Ezel was bit adventurous and took the Subway to Brooklyn. Angela and Dr. Diora met with friends. Kayla went to the spa and later met Karren to go shopping. Cheryl, Karen, and Sharon took Uber’s to visit the beautiful Met Museum. Although a bit scattered, we all were thankful for time to enjoy individual excursions on this trip. Ending the day, we met for a group dinner at La Masseria. (Italian is our go-to favorite, if you can’t tell.) Complete with homemade gelato, we finished our meal and prepared for a final Broadway show, The Lion King. “The movie come to life” is an understatement. The cast, the costumes, and the choreography was incredible. It was another late night, but well worth it.

Sunday morning we met in the lobby bright and early for checkout and to head to the airport. Dr. Hochberg was busy passing out Schmackary’s cookies to everyone as a little treat for the plane ride home. Some of us watched movies, others caught up on sleep, but all of us reminisced on what a wonderful trip it was. We are so grateful to be a part of a team that feels more like family. New York was the trip of a lifetime, and we cannot wait until Dallas!

To view our complete NYC photo album, please visit our Facebook page.

Preparing to Travel Out of the Country

Dental Tips & Information You Should Know Prior to Packing Your Luggage

Like many of you, the team here at CSDA is busy making travel plans for the summer. Our practice will be departing for New York City next week in fact, for our annual trip! However, not everyone has the convenience of bringing their dentist along with them. And for those of you who are traveling out of the country, it is especially important that you are prepped with the proper information needed should a dental emergency arise.

There are a few things to consider when you find yourself in need of dental care outside of the U.S.

  • How will you locate an experienced dentist with proper qualifications in a foreign country?
  • Do they accept U.S. currency, and if not, what is their method and/or fee to process your credit card payment?
  • Does your dental benefits cover treatments performed outside of the United States? And if so, to what extent?
  • If your procedure has a complication during or after, are you prepared to travel back to the out of country doctor who treated you? What are your legal rights?
  • Are the doctors treating you practicing safe infection control procedures? (The dentist should wear clean examination gloves and a mask. Also, the dental instruments used should always be properly sterilized.)

Before packing your luggage for your getaway destination, you might consider scheduling a precautionary appointment with Dr. Hochberg or Dr. Diora. It may decrease the need for an emergency based visit elsewhere. If there are any areas of concern, the doctors may be able to catch it quickly prior to your departure. And will then be able to prepare you with aftercare instructions and how to best monitor that area while you are away.

Enjoy your travels with a smile and worry less. We will be sharing all of our own adventures in NYC with you all very soon!

When should you schedule your child’s first dental visit?

Parents frequently ask, “When is the recommended age to schedule my child’s first dental appointment?” Some believe it’s best to wait until all his or her teeth have come in or if a dental related problem arises. However, the experts at the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) both recommend that a child’s first visit should be within six months after their first tooth erupts. And typically, primary teeth begin erupting around 6 months of age. Prolonging the visit any longer than age one, can increase your child’s risk of dealing with plaque build-up or cavities at their first dental visit.

Many assume that because baby teeth are temporary they do not require much attention and there is little point in caring for them. However, that is a common mistake. Your child’s permanent teeth are slowly developing under their primary ones and should be cared for until they are lost naturally. According to the AAPD, primary teeth are important for many different reasons including:

  • Helping to assist with proper chewing to maintain good nutrition.
  • Saving space for future permanent teeth.
  • Involvement in speech development.
  • Promoting a healthy smile that helps with confidence building.

The first dental visit at age one, isn’t purposed for any “real” work. We like to refer to it as “taking a ride in the dental chair.” It is more designed to begin building a relationship with your child and to introduce them to the office staff and the dentist in a fun, upbeat, non-threatening way. It is also a great time for the dentist to speak with you, the parent, regarding how to best care for your child’s teeth. Chances are, if you begin bringing your child to the dentist early, they will probably be too young to have dental jitters. However, if they are older (age 2 or 3) they may have reservations and anxiety at the time of their first meet and greet.

There are many ways to prepare your little one for an initial dental appointment. Some of them include:
Literature:  You may want to visit a local bookstore and find fun books geared toward children, teeth, and dental visits.
Role Play:  Take turns being the dentist. Count each other’s teeth and practice looking in the mirror at their tongue and gums. This can familiarize them with what an examination in our practice may look like.
Observation: Bring your child in to an older sibling’s appointment, and let them observe chair-side so they will know what to expect when it is their turn.

For this introductory appointment, the dentist will gently examine the oral cavity, ensuring everything in your child’s mouth is developing normally. Drs. Hochberg and Diora practice using child friendly language such as “sugar bugs” and “tooth counter” to begin building trust with your little one. They will speak with you about introducing toothpastes that contain fluoride, discuss any habits that may need addressing (thumb sucking, pacifier use, etc.) and evaluating if your child is at risk for tooth decay. Your child will receive a colorful toothbrush, and you will be given an informative brochure with great tips on how to continue healthy homecare practices.

Unless further treatment is recommended, it is advised that you schedule your child to come in for a dental cleaning every six months. Each visit, the dentist will build upon the last. Meaning, the first visit will be an examination, the second visit we may introduce polishing their teeth with a flavored paste, and finally a third visit applying a fluoride varnish. More or less may be done depending on your child’s comfort level. By the time he or she is age 3, they will be a pro at being independent in the dental chair and you can rest easy with a cup of coffee and a magazine, knowing your child is calm and is in the capable hands of trusted dental professionals.

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Vaping and It’s Potential Risks

What is Vaping?
Vaping is the common term of using a handheld electronic device that vaporizes a flavored liquid for inhalation. This new fad, especially in our youth population, is increasing in popularity. What many people may not know is, most vaping liquids on the market contain nicotine derived from the tobacco plant. Pens, hookah pens, and electronic cigarettes are all types of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and are available to purchase by the American public. These devices are comprised of three basic parts – a battery, a cartridge containing the vaping liquid, and a heating element.


It is easy to see why electronic cigarettes would appear as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes as it does not appear to contribute to tooth discoloration, plaque build-up, or bad breath. In fact, many people use them as a replacement when trying to quit smoking. However, e-cigarettes have not yet been fully studied and, therefore, consumers are unable to accurately determine the potential risks. The amount of nicotine and other prospectively harmful chemicals that are being inhaled during use is uncertain at this time. It is also unknown if this is a viable way to ‘cut down’ on traditional cigarette use or the beginnings of a new health risk.

Effects Vaporized Nicotine has on Oral Health:
• Whether nicotine is delivered via traditional cigarette, or otherwise, it harms the mouth, gums, and tongue. It can also contribute to the development of both gingivitis and periodontitis. And, there is the potential for gum disease which causes inflammation to develop throughout the body.
• It is imperative to include your intake of all nicotine products on your medical history form. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it constricts blood vessels, resulting in reduced blood flow. And as oxygen and nutrients are both vital for gums to stay healthy, nicotine consumption oftentimes makes it more difficult for Dr. Hochberg and Dr. Diora to diagnose gum disease. When bleeding gums aren’t present it may deceive the patient into believing they are in great periodontal health. However, if the progression of gum disease can’t be properly recognized, observed, and diagnosed, oral health can worsen without the proper treatment. Since nicotine masks the more obvious symptoms, your dental hygienist will also take a “pocket reading.” Pockets are essentially the space (or pocket) around each of your teeth. Deeper pockets may indicate that there is a breakdown of the gums to the teeth and can also be a tell-tale sign that gum disease is present.
• Nicotine also inhibits your body’s natural ability to produce saliva. Bacteria buildup, dry mouth, and tooth decay are all potential risks of inefficient lubrication.

 

More research will need to be done to fully understand the impact vaping can have on one’s overall oral health. However, we do know use of a nicotine product isn’t a good habit to begin. The safest recommendation to keep a beautiful and healthy smile is abstinence.

CSDA Springs Forward at Hinman 2018

Each spring, the Thomas P. Hinman Dental meeting is held right here in Atlanta, GA. With a noteworthy reputation, Hinman consistently aids dentists, hygienists, assistants, and front office team members with continuing their education and informing them of the latest advancements in dentistry today.

This year was no exception! The speakers were all informative and provided us with tools and knowledge to bring back to our office. From the interactive lectures, to the exhibition halls lined with new products and equipment, each team member had the opportunity for a personalized educational experience. Which is great, as we are always looking for ways to enhance our standard of care and shared what we have learned with our patients.

Meanwhile as our team wrapped up classes at the Georgia World Congress Center, Dr. Hochberg was boarding a flight headed back to Atlanta from Ontario, California. This was the first Hinman dental meeting he has missed in over thirty years, but for good reason. As current president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), he was out-of-town congratulating the graduates of the International Chinese Implant Program at Loma Linda University. This a sponsored program located in Shanghai with the AAID. He was greatly missed, but quickly caught up to speed by Dr. Mira Diora and the rest of our team.

 

We look forward to applying what was learned to our day-to-day office practices, and attending Hinman once more in the year 2019!

HOW DO I PICK THE BEST TOOTHPASTE FOR ME?

Toothpaste Truths

 

One of our most frequently asked questions is ‘what toothpaste should I use?’ And the easy answer is one that you will use twice a day. But, that doesn’t quite narrow down your options with the numerous choices that are now on the market, especially when we are bombarded with daily radio and TV advertising touting the benefits of specific products, all seemingly ‘the best’.

 

The first part of our answer is to select one with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval on the packaging. Still – there are countless products that meet these criteria. So, to best answer your question, speak with your dental hygienist and your dentist to see what product is best suited for your specific needs. After all, everyone’s oral health status and expectations are different. The standard clean and fresh is important, but you may also be interested in whiter teeth; you may have some bleeding when you brush; you may experience some sensitivity. And, so on.

With the caveat that we know all our patients are unique, when we asked our three experienced hygienists to give us some tips regarding products they recommend to our Colony Square Dental Associates patients, we received a multi-options answer. Given that all ADA accepted options contain fluoride, which helps fight decay, the remaining categories of toothpastes that they select from are those that:

 

  • Help decrease tooth sensitivity: Sensodyne® has been on the market for years and with their over dozen options, offers helpful solutions to reduce and manage sensitivity for many. Their active ingredients, sodium fluoride along with potassium nitrate, work together to reduce the sensations of discomfort. Sensodyne® has also developed toothpastes to address the other categories below, while increasing comfort. However, it should be noted that there are potential causes of tooth sensitivity such as overzealous brushing, infections, gum recession that exposes the tooth’s root, all of which may require active intervention by your dentist. So, if these over-the-counter toothpastes are not effective in meeting your needs be sure to schedule a visit.
  • Help reduce the buildup of plaque and calculus: Plaque, full of bacteria that when combined with acids from foods can damage the tooth’s enamel and is potentially cavity causing. And, when left on the surface of the tooth, it will harden and form calculus. Once this occurs, try as you might, it takes a professional to remove it. Left on the tooth, it can result in periodontal disease. So, brushing with toothpastes that inhibit the plaque from accumulating and if there, reduces the opportunity for plaque to harden, will help those who find they are ‘cavity prone’. Colgate Total® is one toothpaste option that we recommend for this. When bleeding gums are noted, another to consider is Paradontax™, which contains a very mild abrasive, helping to remove plaque that is irritating the gum tissue.
  • Help whiten and brighten teeth: It’s important to note that everyone is born with a certain tooth color. Some have whiter teeth than others; and as we age teeth most find that their teeth tend to yellow. And certain foods, drinks (such as coffee, tea, and red wine), and cigarettes oftentimes result in surface staining, causing teeth to appear discolored as they are stained. Many toothpastes that are on the market claim to whiten and brighten using one of two types of ingredients. They will contain either a mild abrasive (such as Crest 3D ®) to remove the surface stains or a chemical – hydrogen peroxide (found in Colgate® Optic White®) to lighten natural teeth. Of course, it’s important to remember that if the tooth’s internal structure(s) are discolored, neither toothpaste will prohibit the internal discoloration from limiting the toothpaste’s ability to enhance the appearance of your smile.

 

So, the good news is that today there are options to meet your and your dental health provider’s goals.

Don’t be intimidated by the dental health aisle in your pharmacy. It’s exciting to have opportunities to pick a product that is geared to specifically address ways to keep your smile healthy and bright. At your next visit take a moment to ask Drs. Hochberg and Diora, and your hygienist, what they recommend for you!

How is HEART health and DENTAL health related? | Falling in LOVE with your smile

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

 

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Flowers, candy, and red hearts abound. As all of us at Colony Square Dental Associates wish everyone a happy day we don’t think that it’s a coincidence that February is also National Heart Health Month. Though you may wonder why we’re talking about heart health in a dental health blog, we believe that excellent dental health is a part of overall wellbeing.

 

Research efforts continue in order to determine how these two areas of our bodies interrelate. The analyses focus on the possible cause / effect relationship between oral health and cardiovascular disease – heart health. While there has not been a definitive causal relationship established there are many scientific studies that are bringing us closer to an answer. The scientific community is leaning strongly to believing that one’s dental health can impact one’s heart health. After all – it makes sense; we know that eating healthier foods, exercising more, and reducing stress all serve to improve our heart’s health. Our teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures are not separate from the rest of our bodies. For all to work together properly, along with being careful about diet, increasing daily activity, and setting aside time for relaxation and adequate sleep, it’s important to incorporate a dental program to maintain oral health.

 

When we think of teeth our first thought is usually about the appearance of our smile. We respond positivity to a white and bright smile. How to achieve those dazzling teeth is a question that Drs. Hochberg & Diora are routinely asked. But before esthetics, it’s essential to ensure that an attractive smile is supported by excellent periodontal health.  After all, this is where the possible link between our gums and our heart comes into play. When plaque, containing harmful bacteria, hardens below the gum line and is not professionally removed, there is potential for the onset of Periodontal Disease. The gums are irritated by the plaque, and can become inflamed, red or swollen, and can bleed. Termed, Gingivitis, this is often the first sign that a problem has begun. Fortunately, early intervention by a professional dental hygienist, your dentist, and attention to a good home healthcare regime are usually successfully in avoiding a progression of the disease process.

 

However, left untreated the disease process can progress into Periodontitis. When the infection and inflammation is not resolved, the toxins present cause the gum tissue to break down and it begins to pull away from the tooth. In combination with weakening bone structure there is the risk of tooth loss. This is the stage at which scientists and healthcare professionals are focusing studies on the correlation between heart health and oral health. There is the possibility that the toxins in the bacteria, which enter the bloodstream and hence the heart, could be damaging. And, for those with diabetes, it has been found that one condition can exacerbate the other. So, even if studies are not complete, common sense tells us that we need to take good care of our entire self. A little diligence in brushing and flossing, along with periodic dental visits, will go a long way to keeping your teeth, and your heart, healthy – not only this for special day, but also for all your days!

 

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Just remember – to care about your heart, care about your teeth!

What is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) began as a single day event in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941. After four decades of success, the American Dental Association (ADA) extended the program to a month-long observance in February. Many dental practices, educators, and healthcare providers participate in raising awareness about the importance of dental health for children, and our office is no exception. Our goal is to inform, educate, and encourage your little ones to develop good habits at an early age for a lifetime of oral health.

Each year, we visit our local elementary schools to provide an interactive presentation. It is our pleasure to deliver plenty of posters, coloring sheets, and the online tools needed to assist our educators with the fight against decay long after our presentation has ended. Dr. Mira Diora and her dental assistant, Karren, might even show up in costume! We hope to provide a fun learning experience that will be easily understood and remembered.

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.” (Yes, children need to floss too!) Dr. Diora will demonstrate the “correct” way you should brush and floss. Then each child will be provided with their very own toothbrush and flossers to practice and utilize at home with the supervision of their parents.

This year we are happy to announce Primrose School of Midtown will be our school of choice. However, if you are a parent or teacher of a school you’d like our office to visit or be a part of, please give us a call and we’d be happy to reach out and schedule a visit for the upcoming year!

What are Dental Benefits?

Many of our Colony Square Dental Associates patients are covered by a dental benefit plan – a contract between the insurance company and their employer, union, or association. As the New Year begins, the majority of these plans start the clock anew on their 12-month calendar maximums, while a few renew mid-year, on July 1st. As we begin each year, we are often asked how dental benefits work and how plan renewals impact out-of-pocket expenditures.

 

What is the difference between a dental plan and medical insurance?

It’s important to understand the difference between dental benefit plans and medical insurance coverage. Dental plans are benefit plans. Typically, they are an add-on benefit, similar to a vision plan, with a limited amount of dollars that will be paid out towards care in a 12-month time span. Unlike medical insurance, which may have limitations and coinsurance, but does not have a yearly limit, dental benefit plans place a yearly benefit limit – usually around $750 to $2500 per year. Most dental benefit plans have not changed these maximums in the past three decades.

 

Why do some dental plans pay more than others?

The contract, and associated premium payments, is determined by negotiations between an employer and the insurance carrier. The result – a unique benefit plan that will contain details such as the maximum allowable maximum per year, your deductible and what services are not considered until the deductible is met, what treatment is considered as a ‘covered expense’ or ‘eligible service’, and the amount or percentage per dental procedure code. What is common amongst the plans? They do not cover procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature; care that is not due to dental disease or trauma. And many plans also stipulate that it will only pay benefits for the least expensive alternative treatment for a condition, or deny coverage for conditions that existed before you enrolled in the plan. In addition to excluding elective dentistry or care of pre-existing problems, the majority of plans do not cover all dental procedures. While the carrier is not advising you that the care is not indicated or needed, it means that your employer has purchased a plan that does not cover the cost of providing care for these services. This serves to limit the insurance carrier’s liability. If you wish to determine your financial responsibility for care that you and your dentist deem necessary to preserve or restore your dental health, a predetermination of benefits can be sent to your insurance carrier for consideration.

 

Are there different types of dental plans?

Yes. Most plans are either a DMO (Dental Maintenance Organization) or PPO (Preferred Provider Organization). Patients under the umbrella of a DMO will select a primary care dentist for their dental care. If a specialist is necessary, the primary care dentist will make the referral. DMOs are often the least costly plans due to these constraints. A PPO typically offers more flexibility in selecting one’s dentist. The patient is able to select a dentist from the ‘preferred providers’ list, but does not have to limit himself or herself to exclusively receiving care at that office. These dentists have agreed to contract with the insurance carrier to accept a pre-negotiated fees for care provided.  However, the majority of PPO plans allow you to go outside of the network to see a dentist of your choosing. Benefits may differ when seeing an in-network vs. an out-of-network dentist.

 

To learn more about your dental benefits and the plan that your employer participates in, contact your HR departments at work, call your insurance carrier, or ask us. We’d be happy to work with you to understand your plan and maximize your dental benefits.

What makes you SMILE? | Bringing smiles to those who need it most

For over 35 years we’ve had the pleasure of providing dental healthcare services in Midtown, Atlanta. Our entire Colony Square Dental Associates (CSDA) team, strives to maintain and enhance healthy smiles. As we begin a new year, we are thankful for those who have placed their trust in us over all these years.

But, we are also mindful that not all of our friends and neighbors are financially able to visit a dentist regularly or receive needed restorative care. To help fill that void, the Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) began in 1929 as an additional service offered in conjunction with a medical services clinic. Over the years the dental clinic grew, moved, expanded, and currently offers state-of-the-art technology, through the kindness of large and small donors, at its location on 14th street. According to BMDC, it is one of the only charitable organizations to provide comprehensive dental services to those who are financially disadvantaged.

This year, due to Dr. Hochberg’s time commitments as president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, he is unable to volunteer dental services at the BMDC. However, in memory of a dear friend, colleague, and long-time supporter and volunteer of the clinic, Dr. Richard Sugarman, Drs. Hochberg, Diora, and the Colony Square Dental Associates team will make a financial commitment to BMDC. The goal – to turn donated funds into smiles.

We are happy to announce that, this year, CSDA will host a 12-month Facebook Challenge. Each month a team member will take a few moments to share a thought about how they contribute to our patients’ smiles. And, they’ll also let us in on something they enjoy in their spare time that elicits smiles. Whenever you ‘smile’ back at us (“Like or  Share“, on Facebook) we will put $3.00 into our 2018 Ben Massell Dental Clinic Fund.

Please join us as we challenge ourselves to share smiles. The funds we pledge to BMDC will help this worthy organization continue their mission to create healthier smiles, which also enhances overall health and wellbeing. Smiles come from the heart and light up faces. They are contagious! ‘Like or Share’ our post and we’ll all smile.