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.
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.
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.