Dental Insurance – Facts and Tips on how to best use it

November 1, 2017

patient filling out insurance claim formFact – the standard $1000 per year maximum benefits has been the same since 1976.

Fact – Insurance companies have free reign to make up their own usual& customary rates for every procedure loosely based off the zip code where you see your dentist.  These rates vary greatly and are often much lower than the normal fees of ANY treating dentist in the area.  We have seen cleanings been covered from $30-100.  The amount covered is distinct to your specific plan.

Fact – Dental insurance is a BENEFIT from your employer, retirement plan, or a plan you purchase for yourself.  If you do not use the plan by going to the dentist, you are essentially throwing money away.  At the very least you should see the dentist and hygienist for two preventative cleaning visits per year.
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The Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment Beachwood Residents Prefer

November 18, 2015

Woman snoring and man holding her nose to make her stop she needs the sleep apnea treatment beachwood residents rely onSleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds at a time. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a disorder that causes the brain to stop sending the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This form of apnea occurs when airways are blocked during sleep causing the cessation of breathing. Many patients are treated using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) that, as the name suggests, keeps airways open using a continual flow of air. Many CPAP users are unhappy with the system because the sounds it makes are loud, they can’t get used to the sensation of forced air, and because the CPAP system is inconvenient for travel. For patients who suffer from OSA, our Beachwood, OH dental team has an alternative to the CPAP system: oral appliance therapy with The Moses® and SomnoDent®.
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The Dentist Pepper Pike Prefers Says Tobacco Use Greatly Affects Oral Health

September 16, 2015

tobacco use and oral health from the dentist pepper pike lovesTobacco use is rampant in the United States. Roughly 42 million people are habitual tobacco users. Of this number, many will develop conditions such as lung cancer, emphysema and more. Tobacco is enjoyed by people in several different ways including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (“dip”), or cigars. Nicotine is highly addictive, which explains why so many people are tobacco users. We’re here to tell you that it’s in your best interest to kick the habit while you still have time. You see, it isn’t just your overall health you’re putting at risk, it’s your oral health, too. Our Beachwood, OH office wants you to know that your oral health is very important and tobacco use can leave it in bad shape. Bad oral health has a major impact on your overall health. As the Beachwood dentist of choice for residents in the area, Dr. Hornstein has firsthand the effects tobacco has had on many patients. He and the rest of our dental staff want you to live your life free of tobacco and with the best oral health of your life.
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Oral Health Tips from your Beachwood Dentist

August 13, 2015

smiling womanMore than 50 years have passed since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. Issued in 1964, the report cautioned against the use of tobacco products and listed a number of illnesses that are associated with smoking. Sadly, some 20 million Americans have died from smoking since this influential report was published. Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco can also lead to dental problems including:

  • Tooth staining and discoloration
  • More plaque and tartar on teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Dental implant failure
  • Oral cancer
  • Bad breath

Dr. Benjamin Hornstein and his staff at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Beachwood, OH, want you and every member of your family to enjoy optimal oral health for a lengthy lifetime. That’s why we’d like to give you the facts about tobacco use and the consequences to your overall and general health.
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Oral Health & Pregnancy Facts from Your Beachwood Dentist

July 15, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-490263543It’s no secret that your body changes when you’re pregnant. Hormones rising and falling, morning sickness, aches and pains, and more can make you feel like your body is out of control. Many patients aren’t aware of how hormonal variation during pregnancy can effect oral health. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry (CFAD), our skilled team will explain the ins and outs of the changes in your oral health while pregnant. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, call to schedule an appointment at our Beachwood, OH office to review oral health and discuss recommended changes to your hygiene routine.

Oral Health Changes While Pregnant

The change in hormone levels puts women at high risk for gum disease, specifically a form of gingivitis referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Thorough at home hygiene and regular six month dental cleaning may not be enough to prevent this form of gingivitis. If you notice inflamed, bleeding or swollen gums, gum sensitivity when eating or drinking, or excessive bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth, call CFAD immediately. Depending on the severity, we may recommend more frequent cleanings through the course of your pregnancy. Gum disease during pregnancy increases the risk of pre-term birth and underweight babies as well as potentially compromising the baby’s and your immune system if infection enters the blood stream.

Another oral health change noticed while pregnant is the “pregnancy tumor.” The name is quite misleading. A pregnancy tumor is not cancerous. The changes in your body make the mouth’s soft tissue more sensitive to irritation from plaque buildup or foreign debris. These red lumps usually appear on the gums between teeth. If they are extremely painful or impede eating, we may recommend removal, but the tumors typically clear up on their own after you give birth.

Dental Care for Baby from the Dentist Shaker Heights Trusts Most

Did you know your baby’s teeth begin to develop between the 3rd and 6th month of your pregnancy? A healthy diet is essential to a healthy pregnancy, but did you know that eating well can help your baby develop stronger, healthier primary teeth? Your baby needs a lot of vitamins and minerals throughout the pregnancy, but their developing teeth especially need large amounts of Vitamins A, C and D, calcium, protein and phosphorous. Taking a prenatal vitamin as prescribed or recommended by your physician can help you absorb a large percentage of these necessary nutrients, but eating high fiber and protein, and calcium rich foods will provide your baby with more of the necessary nutrients for growth, especially for developing healthy teeth.

Most necessary dental health care is perfectly safe for pregnant and lactating mothers. However, elective procedures should be postponed until after your pregnancy. In the case of dental emergency, more complex restorative procedures may be necessary, but should always be performed in conjunction with your physician.

Contact Your Family Dentist, 44122

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we are here to care for you at every stage of your life. If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, call to schedule an appointment to discuss tips for optimal oral hygiene while pregnant. Our Beachwood, OH practice welcomes patients from the surrounding area Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, Warrensville Heights, Cleveland, and the neighboring communities

Preserve Your Natural Smile and Schedule Your General Dentist 44122 Appointment Today

February 21, 2015

478594809Have you had a preventive dental checkup lately? Some patients mistakenly believe that if they have no pain or discomfort, they don’t need to see a dentist. However, dental checkups are absolutely necessary to maintain good oral health. If you’ve been avoiding regular dental care, there’s a high probability that decay and periodontal infection has already taken root. Don’t take chances with your good dental health. Make your preventive care general dentist 44122 appointment with Dr. Hornstein and the experienced team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry today. Dr. Hornstein is a trusted 44122 general dentist, now delivering quality care daily throughout Beachwood, Cleveland, Pepper Pike, Solon, Shaker Heights, and the surrounding Ohio communities.

44122 General Dentist Visits to Prevent and Treat Tooth Decay

  • Dental Examinations: Dental exams are needed to find decay and dental disease before it can cause pain and discomfort.
  • Dental Sealants: Dental sealants are thin plastic coverings that can protect the back teeth from cavities.
  • Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride treatments can strengthen and fortify teeth.
  • Tooth Colored Fillings: Dental fillings can fully restore teeth that have begun to decay.

44122 General Dentist Visits to Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease

  • Dental Cleanings: Dental cleanings are necessary to remove the plaque buildup that causes periodontal disease.
  • Root Scaling and Planing: If you already have periodontal disease, a root scaling and planning treatment can remove the infection and protect your gums from inflammation causing bacteria in the future.

Schedule a General Dentist 44122 Appointment

With a good oral hygiene routine at home and regular dental checkups and cleanings, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental health problems. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, schedule your general dentist 44122 appointment with Dr. Hornstein at The Center for Advanced Dentistry today. Dr. Hornstein is a highly qualified general dentist 44122, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout Beachwood, Cleveland, Pepper Pike, Solon, Shaker Heights, and nearby Ohio areas.

Your Family Dentist Shaker Heights Offers Life Saving Oral Cancer Screenings

January 21, 2015

152498595Protect your good health with oral cancer screenings from Advanced Dental Care today. Dr. Hornstein offers oral cancer screenings as a routine part of each and every dental exam. If you tend to skip out on your semiannual checkups, you could be jeopardizing your long term health. Historically, the death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high due to the disease being routinely discovered late in its development. Since there is no comprehensive program in the U.S. to screen for oral cancer, it may be that a regular dental visit could one day save your life, or the life of someone you love. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, make an appointment with Dr. Hornstein and the experienced team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry today. Dr. Hornstein is a trusted Shaker Heights Dentist, now proudly serving patients daily throughout Beachwood, Cleveland, Pepper Pike, Solon, Shaker Heights, and neighboring Ohio communities.

Ask Your Dentist Shaker Heights: What Are The Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The presence of any of the following symptoms necessitates an immediate oral cancer screening appointment from your Dentist Shaker Heights:

  • Swelling, lumps or bumps, rough spots, or crust anywhere around the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • White, red, or speckled patches in the mouth
  • Mouth bleeding
  • Mouth pain or numbness
  • Mouth sores
  • A feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear aches
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Sudden and  dramatic weight loss

Ask Your Dentist Shaker Heights: Who’s At Risk for Developing Oral Cancer?

Research shows that men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, and men over age 50 face the greatest risk. Other risk factors for the development of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Contraction of HPV

Dentist Shaker Heights Oral Cancer Screening Appointments

Don’t skip an opportunity to protect your good health. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Hornstein and the highly qualified team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry today. Dr. Hornstein is a leading Shaker Heights Dentist, delivering quality care daily throughout Beachwood, Cleveland, Pepper Pike, Solon, Shaker Heights, and nearby Ohio communities.

Oral Care Reminders from The Center for Advanced Dentistry

September 21, 2012

Even if you’ve been to the dentist just once in your life, you know that sugary foods and drinks are bad for your teeth. But do you know why that is?

The simple truth is that it’s not the sugar per se but the chemical reaction that happens between the sugar and the bacteria in your mouth. As bacteria metabolize sugar, the byproduct is acid. When this acid comes into contact with the enamel on your teeth, it has a destructive influence. As a result, teeth are left weakened and exposed to the possibility of experiencing decay.

Fluoride helps strengthen teeth by attracting important minerals, but some patients aren’t getting as much fluoride as they used to or need to. Thanks to the popularity of bottled water today, many patients are drinking non-fluoridated water every day, depriving their teeth of essential protection.

So, how can you protect your smile?

The first way is through regular maintenance at home. Brush and floss after every meal if you can. If you can’t do that, try rinsing your mouth with water between meals. Chewing a sugar-less gum sweetened with xylitol can also help, and you may also want to use a fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen your teeth.

Regular checkups are also important.  Remember to schedule one every six months, or about twice a year. During a regular checkup, Dr. Hornstein and the rest of our team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry in Beachwood can thoroughly examine your smile and look for signs of decay. If we find any sign of trouble, we can create a treatment plan to help you combat it before it develops into a serious problem.

Call our office today to schedule next appointment. The Center for Advanced Dentistry serves patients from Beachwood, Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and beyond.

Now Is Not Too Early for Your Fall Checkup

September 7, 2012

Fall starts on Saturday, September 22. That means a new season, and the cooler weather that comes with it, is on the way. It also means the arrival of the holiday season, a joyful but notoriously hectic time for most of us.

Given both of these statements, your next dental visit is probably the last thing on your mind. But despite that, now is actually the perfect time to get your fall visit out of the way, especially if your last checkup with The Center for Advanced Dentistry was in January or February.

When you consider how important rich, decadent foods are to the holiday season, don’t you want to enjoy all that you can without letting thoughts about your oral health hold you back? With your regular checkup and cleaning, Dr. Hornstein can tell you where you stand and, if need be, offer restorative or cosmetic therapies that will help you get your smile into great shape just in time for all the fun.

What’s more, if you’re like many patients, you have dental benefits that will expire at the end of the year. By coming to see us sooner rather than later, we can help you apply those benefits to the essential care you need now instead of later next year.

Call The Center for Advanced Dentistry in Beachwood today to schedule your fall checkup. During your checkup, Dr. Hornstein will complete a thorough oral exam and help you understand how your smile is doing. And if we need to, our team would be happy to talk to you about brushing and floss, in addition to recommending additional services. We serve patients from Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and beyond.

Time for a Back-to-School Visit!

August 8, 2012

We’re only a week into August but a new school year is just around the corner, which raises an important question: have you brought your son or daughter into The Center for Advanced Dentistry for a back-to-school checkup yet? If you haven’t, why not schedule an appointment today? We know how busy life can get once school has started, so don’t wait—call Dr. Hornstein’s Beachwood dental office today!

Why Are Back-to-School Visits So Important?

As we already mentioned, once school gets started life can get pretty busy. But putting off important dental visits won’t put common oral health problems like tooth decay or gum disease on hold. If your child has any of these, they’ll only get worse as more time passes.

During a regular, back-to-school checkup, though, Dr. Hornstein can look for signs of these common conditions and can treat them now, before they require more extensive treatment.

What’s more, during your child’s visit, Dr. Hornstein can offer him or her extra protection from cavities with dental sealants. Recognized by the ADA as an effective cavity-prevention tool, dental sealants work by shielding chewing surfaces from decay. You can learn more by visiting our dental sealants page here.

And if you’re ready to schedule your child’s back-to-school visit, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Creating healthy smiles for patients from Beachwood, Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and beyond is our passion. We look forward to hearing from you!

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