Let’s talk about gum disease! We realize this may not be your favorite topic of discussion, but it is nevertheless an important one. Did you know that some 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease? This bacterial infection cannot only compromise your oral health, but your general health, as well. To treat gum disease, Rocky River, OH, dentist Dr. William Eick and his team offer a number of procedures to halt the infection’s progress and reverse the effects.
July 24, 2016
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.
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.
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.