Your mouth is part of a whole body system. As part of this whole, the condition of your teeth and gums impact the health of your body. In addition, the dental treatments you undergo can also influence your overall health. One of the most commonly performed restorative dental procedures is a filling. Beachwood holistic dentist Dr. Hornstein completely relies on metal-free restorations in order to provide his patients with a healthier alternative that also happens to look better, too.
Holistic Dentist in Beachwood Answers Your Questions
December 23, 2015
You’ve heard of the mind-body connection, but have you ever considered the mouth-body link? Your oral cavity is the gateway to the rest of your body, and problems with the teeth or gums can severely impact your overall wellbeing. That’s why Dr. Hornstein, your holistic dentist at The Center for Advanced Dentistry, focuses on your whole health in an effort to bring you true excellence in dentistry. Because we know what goes on in your mouth isn’t just limited to your teeth and gums.
The Dentist Pepper Pike Prefers Says Tobacco Use Greatly Affects Oral Health
September 16, 2015
Tobacco 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.
Oral Health & Pregnancy Facts from Your Beachwood Dentist
July 15, 2015
It’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.
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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
What is Holistic Dentistry?
November 21, 2012
You might have heard a lot about holistic dentistry in the past few years. You might have a lot of questions about it. What are the benefits? Why do some dentists boast about being Mercury-free for all these years? Is this kind of dentistry right for me, beyond the dental care I’ve had for years?
Holistic dentistry has been called a few different things over the years: alternative dentistry, biologic dentistry, biocompatible dentistry, and unconventional dentistry. But what exactly is involved with holistic dentistry? Essentially, it combines modern dental technology with healing methods from around the world. Your whole body is examined; not just your oral health. Much more thorough than general dentistry, there are so many aspects of it. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Hornstein, Dr. Gray and their qualified staff offer the best in holistic dentistry.
Here are the services that we offer:
Since part of holistic dentistry involves massage therapy, we offer different types of it, including:
- Paraffin Therapy
- Reflexology Massage
- Chair Massage
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Massage
- Full Body Massage
At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, since holistic dentistry promotes stress reduction and nutrition, we offer the latest and most helpful nutrition information available. Plus, we offer a thorough list of holistic practitioners in the area. The focus is on your overall wellness, going on an organic and natural route. Hoping to prevent and reverse degenerative dental disease, nutrition, proper nutrition is a major part of holistic dentistry.
We’re happy to answer any or all questions you might have about holistic dentistry. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and surrounding areas.
The Fourth of July and Your Smile
July 6, 2012
The Fourth of July was on Wednesday, and from all of us at Dr. Hornstein’s Beachwood dental office, we hope you and your family had a safe and fun holiday.
And while we’re on the topic, we’d like to talk a little bit about freedom, which is what the Fourth is all about.
You already know how important freedom is. It’s what enables us to pursue our dreams and live according to our most deeply held beliefs. But in the context of dentistry, freedom is also about choosing the best dentist for your personal needs. That means finding a dentist who will not only provide excellent general dentistry services but will also make preventive and holistic dentistry a priority.
If that’s what you need, that’s what you’ll find at The Center for Advanced Dentistry. As we mentioned back in May, the goal of holistic dentistry is supporting and improving your overall wellbeing. When you do that, you improve your smile’s chances of staying healthy and strong. And with preventive checkups and cleanings, Dr. Hornstein can keep an eye on how your teeth are doing. Catching decay and gum disease early are important, and it’s through twice-yearly visits like these that we have a chance to catch them before they develop into a more serious problem.
Is it time for you to schedule your next regular exam or cleaning? We hope you’ll choose The Center for Advanced Dentistry. Call our Beachwood office today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients from Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and beyond.
What Is Holistic Dentistry?
May 8, 2012
Dental health and overall health go hand-in-hand. That’s why Dr. Hornstein and the rest of the team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry place a strong emphasis on holistic dentistry. But what does that mean, exactly? What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry, and holistic medicine in general, promotes natural practices that benefit your entire wellbeing. So, for example, while custom-made oral appliances can effectively treat cases of bruxism and TMJ dysfunction, they don’t treat what is often the underlying cause—stress. But at The Center for Advanced Dentistry, we want to do both.
Which is why Dr. Hornstein promotes stress reduction through massage therapy. Our massage therapy options include:
- Paraffin therapy
- Reflexology massages
- Chair massages
- TMJ massages
- Full body massages
Massage therapy isn’t all that our Beachwood office features, though. We also offer mercury free-fillings, biocompatibility testing, and nutrition information. With each one, we’re doing our part to ensure that our patients from Beachwood, Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and beyond have healthy smiles and healthy bodies.
Do you have questions about any of these services or about holistic dentistry in general? Dr. Hornstein would be happy to answer your questions. Give us a call today. Our team would be happy to schedule a visit for you!
Mercury Filling Controversy
July 8, 2010
In our office we do not use amalgum fillings. We think there are more aesthetic materials available today. However, some of our patients do not want to keep amalgum fillings in their teeth. Dr. Hornstein removes the old fillings safely. We use lots of water and a high suction evacuation system. We isolate the affected tooth with a rubber or latex dam so the patient is minimally exposed to any residual materials when removing the filling. The patient may choose to breathe oxygen and eye protection is always used. Some of the local physicians who practice medicine utilizing traditional and complementary treatments refer their patients to our office when they suspect that mercury levels are having an adverse effect on their patient’s health. This link from Wikipedia has a balanced approach in its review of this controversial subject.
Please call our office if you have any questions about mercury fillings and their safe replacement with tooth colored materials.