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.
November 22, 2016
As we enter into the holiday season, Dr. William L. Eick and team have two questions for you. Have you used your dental insurance benefits in 2016? And if not, what are you waiting for? November and December are the busiest months for Dr. Eick in Rocky River, so don’t put off scheduling an appointment to maximize on your dental insurance benefits before your plan renews on January 1!
November 16, 2015
If you find yourself hiding your smile, covering your mouth while you talk, or if you’re the only person in every family photo that’s frowning, it might be time to make a change. A recent University of California Berkley study revealed that people who smile more are less likely to get divorced or experience depression, and are more likely to get hired or promoted. However, similar studies reveal that those whose smiles are unappealing would do better to hide their smiles as they are perceived as less intelligent and unhealthy. If you’re ready to achieve your full smile confidence and potential, Rocky River cosmetic dentist, Dr. William L. Eick, and his team can help. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services to correct, conceal, or transform your smile.
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.
July 24, 2015
Do the words natural, functional, or comfortable come to mind when you hear the word, “dentures?” Probably not. For years, dentures have been perceived as being bulky, making eating and speaking more difficult, and slipping and sliding uncomfortably. Possibly worst of all, dentures were obvious. You knew right away if someone was wearing them. Innovations in dentistry allow your Rocky River, OH dentist, Dr. William Eick, to create custom dental prosthetics to not just replace your teeth, but to restore your smile to its natural beauty. If you’re unhappy with your current dentures or are in need of dentures, call our office to schedule a denture consolation. (more…)
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.
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.