April 25, 2017
You know that tooth decay and gum disease are common threats to your dental health, but there is a larger threat you need to be concerned about as well—oral cancer. Although it is not widely discussed, more than 49,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed this year. Due to the lack of education and awareness, the month of April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which strives to bring attention to the risks of oral cancer and the need for preventive screenings. As your dentist in Rocky River, Dr. William Eick supports the mission to promote education about the cancer while also offering necessary screenings at your preventive appointments.
December 23, 2016
Protect dental health and aesthetics with preventive services from your dentist in Rocky River, Dr. William L. Eick. Plastic dental sealants are a quick, budget-friendly method of keeping decay away from children’s teeth. Just one dental visit confers this added protection simply and comfortably.
August 16, 2016
Doctors at the well-respected Mayo Clinic estimate that about 30 percent of the adult American population suffers from teeth grinding or clenching. More than an annoying habit, bruxism leads to many uncomfortable and destructive health problems. Dr. William Eick, dentist in Rocky River, offers solutions to bruxism so smiles stay strong and functional and patients return to full health and well-being.
November 6, 2015
Root canal infection, like many oral health issues is more devastating because these infections are usually preventable. At Dr. William L. Eick’s Rocky River, OH dental practice, we emphasize preventive dentistry to avoid extensive procedures such as root canal therapy. When the alternative is an extracted or severely compromised tooth, root canal therapy is a safe, effective means of preserving dental structure. Most root canal infection occurs due to tooth decay or trauma, and in both cases, there are typically steps that can be taken to avoid the necessity of root canal treatment.
May 22, 2015
How your smile looks is largely attributed to the proper care you have given your teeth. However, life does happen and your smile can take a hit, literally. Missing teeth are a part of the problem, and one we want to help correct. The absence of teeth can promote bone loss in the jaw, speech problems, and more. Rocky River, OH dentist, Dr. William Eick, and his team of professionals can correct these problems and revitalize your smile with modern dentures. Whether you’re in need of full or partial dentures, we’ll sit with you and discuss all of your options so we can get your smile corrected as soon as possible.
You may think you know everything there is to know about dentures, but there may be bits of information that you are missing. Everyone knows dentures are artificial substitutes for your natural teeth and the tissue that surrounds them. Did you know there are different types of dentures? From a complete set for all of your teeth, to only partial dentures, each dental situation is different and will require a thorough examination. A comfortable fit is what we strive for.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are life-changing benefits to having your teeth replaced with dentures.
- Dentures help keep facial muscles from sagging, which can make a person look much older than they actually are.
- Eat and speak in comfort! Missing teeth will no longer impinge on your ability to chew and enjoy your favorite foods.
- You will be able to smile confidently.
You may need full dentures or partials, depending on how many teeth you have lost. A full set of dentures replaces all the teeth on the top and/or bottom arch. Partial dentures fit like puzzle pieces in the spaces left by a few missing teeth. The design and comfort of modern dentures has allowed our patients to reclaim grace and dignity with healthy, solid smiles.
Schedule an Appointment Today
The sooner you call, the sooner we can help. Speak with our friendly staff today and cosmetic dentist Dr. Eick to learn more about modern dentures and how you can schedule an appointment immediately. From our Rocky River, OH location, Dr. Eick and our team welcome residents from all over including Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and the greater Cleveland area.
February 13, 2015
Athletes work daily to keep their bodies in peak physical condition, training for tireless hours at the gym and fueling their workouts with sports drinks that promise to enhance their performance. While an active lifestyle will certainly help keep your body in shape, research shows that a strenuous exercise regimen can actually negatively affect oral health in a variety of ways. At the Rocky River, OH dental office of Dr. William Eick, we strive every day to teach our patients how to best preserve the health of their teeth and gums, and today we’d like to offer some helpful advice to athletes, particularly frequent runners.
Running & Oral Health: What’s the Connection?
In a 2014 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, a team of German researchers sought to identify the link between a demanding exercise routine and dental caries, or cavities. It was discovered that athletes, especially those that regularly ran or rode a bike during training, were at an increased risk for tooth erosion. The cause for this is twofold, and it involves both diet and behavior.
First, athletes often consume sports drinks, nutrition bars, gels, and high-carb foods to propel them across the finish line before the competition. Unfortunately, the sugars and carbohydrates our muscles use for energy are exactly what oral bacteria use to thrive in our mouths. In addition, a carb-heavy diet can actively reduce pH levels in the mouth, a problem that had previously been correlated with a higher incidence of cavities.
Secondly, anyone who has ever run for any considerable distance knows that breathing rapidly leads to a dry mouth. When we run or bike, we tend to breathe through our mouths, and saliva production decreases. Without adequate saliva to protect teeth, enamel becomes far more susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria.
How Do Athletes Keep a Healthy Smile?
Next time you’re at the gym, remember to grab a bottle of water before you hit the treadmill or bikes. Drinking water frequently during your workout will not only keep you hydrated, but it can also help keep sugars, starches, and bacteria from taking up residence between the teeth and along the gum line. Observe a stringent home hygiene routine, and don’t forget to visit Dr. Eick at least twice per year for a full checkup and professional cleaning. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment at our Rocky River, OH dental practice, and learn more about preventing cavities and gum disease. We are also happy to serve families from throughout Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and beyond.
January 14, 2015
It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of women will develop gingivitis at some point during pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes that occur while a woman is expecting; estrogen and progesterone levels increase during pregnancy, and this is believed to alter the way gum tissues react to the accumulation of plaque. At the Rocky River, OH dental practice of Dr. William Eick, our team can help pregnant women maintain oral health in a way that promotes not only a beautiful smile for Mom, but a healthy delivery for her child.
Pregnancy Gingivitis & Pregnancy Tumors
Pregnant women undergo an untold number of changes during pregnancy, many of which we can’t even see. One of the changes we can see, however, is the way that pregnancy affects oral health. The gums can become tender, and inflammation can take hold. A pregnant woman may even develop small red bumps near the gum line around the time of her second trimester. These are called pregnancy tumors and, while they can cause discomfort, they typically resolve themselves after the baby is born.
Women may notice bleeding gums as early as two months into their pregnancy. If you already have gingivitis or periodontal disease when you become pregnant, an increase in hormones may cause the condition to worsen. This is the reason that Dr. Eick suggests a checkup and cleaning be scheduled before you become pregnant or as soon as possible after you find out. We can help you reduce your risk of pregnancy complications caused by gum disease, including pre-term birth and low birth weight. Our goal is to help you and your precious new arrival stay happy and healthy through personalized oral healthcare.
A Healthier Mouth for a Healthier Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting and transformative time in any woman’s life. With a comprehensive range of preventive and general dentistry services, we’d like to make it a little easier and more comfortable for you. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon, please give us a call to schedule your oral healthcare checkup. Dr. Eick and his caring, experienced staff look forward to being a part of your journey toward a healthier smile. Our warm and welcoming Rocky River, OH dental office proudly serves families from throughout the surrounding areas, including Fairview Park, Cleveland, Westlake, Lakewood, and more.
September 18, 2014
When you have a quick afternoon snack or settle down to dinner, do you ever stop to think about the way each bite is affecting your oral health? If your answer is no, don’t worry – you’re certainly not alone. Most of us eat and drink throughout the day without giving a second thought to what’s going on along the surfaces of our teeth, although taking a moment to consider such a thing may actually help you avoid costly dental problems later. At the Rocky River, OH dental practice of Dr. William Eick, our team works closely with patients to help mitigate the effects of preventable diseases, providing them with important information about nutrition, eating habits, and oral health.
The Microcosm of the Mouth
Every time you eat or drink something, the bacteria in your mouth leap into overdrive, digesting food particles and producing acid that adheres to the surfaces of your teeth and gums. These bacteria thrive on sugary and starchy foods, all the while contributing to the demineralization of your enamel. Though it is impossible to rid your mouth of bacteria entirely, there are some changes you can make to the way you eat in order to reduce your smile’s risk of acid erosion and decay. These include:
- Acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices attack enamel, weakening its defenses. If you are eating foods like tomatoes, oranges, grapefruits and the like, try to enjoy them as part of a meal rather than by themselves.
- Remember that the length of time you chew something is also a factor to consider. Reduce consumption of sticky or chewy foods as well as foods that are held in the mouth for an extended period of time.
- Thicker liquids (including milk, smoothies, and coffee with creamer) tend to remain on the teeth and gum line longer than thinner beverages. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking these types of liquid to protect your enamel.
- Limit snacking throughout the day and rinse with water following each meal. Avoid brushing directly after eating as your enamel may have been softened by acidic components in your food. Instead, wait for 30 to 60 minutes to avoid unnecessary acid erosion.
Periodontal disease and dental caries (cavities) are the two most prolific oral health concerns in America, and both are caused by the bacteria that reside within our mouths. Managing bacteria with proper oral hygiene, good nutritional habits, and regular visits to the dentist can substantially reduce your risk of developing these conditions. Ask Dr. Eick about more ways that you can alter your diet and eating habits to promote a healthier smile.
Improve Dietary Habits for Fewer Oral Health Problems
Whether you are currently suffering from dental caries and seeking dental treatment in Rocky River, OH or you’d simply like to learn more about how your diet impacts your oral health, Dr. Eick and his caring, experienced team are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule your visit. We proudly welcome patients from throughout the Rocky River, OH area as well as surrounding communities in Cleveland, Lakewood, Fairview Park, Westlake, and more.
July 17, 2014
Most people have experienced the sensation of an overly dry mouth at one point or another during their lifetime. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including everything from general dehydration to certain medications. When patients experience severe cases of dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), their risk of developing secondary oral health problems increases. Fortunately, Dr. William Eick and his team in Rocky River, OH help patients with excessive dry mouth understand and overcome this bothersome and potentially destructive condition.
Xerostomia Causes, Complications & Treatment
Dry mouth has numerous causes, including the following:
- Certain medications
- Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
- Nerve damage in the head or neck
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Drug use, particularly methamphetamines
- Health conditions like HIV/AIDS and Sjogren’s syndrome
When left untreated for any extended period of time, xerostomia can lead to complications that require even further treatment. These include minor irritations like chapped or cracked lips and an uncomfortable coating on the tongue, as well as more serious problems like open sores in the mouth. Additional complications of chronic dry mouth include the development of a fungal infection in the mouth, a constantly sore throat, difficulty chewing and swallowing food, problems with dentures, gum disease, and tooth decay caused by excess plaque buildup.
Patients who cannot garner adequate nutrition from their diet due to xerostomia may develop even more health issues associated with vitamin deficiencies. Timely evaluation and treatment from Dr. Eick can dramatically reduce your risk from developing these and other problems related directly to excessive dry mouth.
Find Your Dry Mouth Solution Today
If you or someone in your family suffers from the discomfort of chronic dry mouth, we welcome you to contact our office today to speak to our caring, experienced team about your treatment options. Conveniently located in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick’s state-of-the-art office serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Westlake, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Cleveland, and beyond. We look forward to helping you find lasting relief from xerostomia as you achieve exceptional oral health for life.
February 20, 2014
You’re probably familiar with the common issues associated with gum disease, including everything from sensitivity and bad breath to redness, receding gums and even tooth loss. This widespread illness affects approximately 80 percent of American adults, though the majority of these people aren’t even aware that their health is severely compromised. At the Rocky River office of Dr. William Eick, our team provides patients with comprehensive periodontal therapy, reducing their risk of developing a number of potentially fatal conditions.
Gum Disease and the Mouth-Body Connection
When your gums are infected, the bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout the rest of your body via the bloodstream. These aggressive bacteria can wreak havoc on organs and tissues that you might not readily associate with oral health. Some of the serious health problems that have been linked to untreated periodontal disease include the following:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Complications in patients with diabetes
- Preterm birth and low birth weight babies
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Dementia in older patients
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
Treat Periodontal Disease Now for a Healthier Future
Utilizing only the latest periodontal therapy technology in the industry, Dr. Eick and his team help patients with chronic gum disease manage their condition in a way that fits their lifestyles. Ask us about PerioProtect, an advanced method of periodontal disease treatment that is customized to address your unique situation.
If you or anyone in your family has noticed the common symptoms of gum disease, contact our office today and talk to Dr. Eick about how periodontal therapy can help you maintain your health. From our practice conveniently located in Rocky River, OH, we happily serve patients from surrounding communities in Lakewood, Fairview Park, Westlake, Bay Village, the greater Cleveland area, and beyond.