Happy Social Media Day, from Eichel Orthodontics!

  • Happy Social Media Day, from Eichel Orthodontics!

    June 30th, 2011

    It seems like in today’s world, every day feels like social media day. However, June 30th is officially Social Media Day, “a day to celebrate the revolution of media becoming social.” Much like the use of cell phones, checking and updating social media has become a daily routine for many people. We here at Eichel Orthodontics are particularly grateful for social media because we are able to interact with patients like you.

    Recently we found a very interesting study about social media that was presented on May 25, 2011 by Edison Research and Arbitron that presents some very interesting statistics about social media use in America today. One fascinating highlight is that approximately 46 million Americans who are the age of 12 or older check their social media sites and services several times a day. Check out the full study for more interesting information about social media and social networking.

    As you might have noticed, we love engaging in conversation with our patients online. It’s a great way to connect with our patients. It also helps us share news, photos, ideas, and upcoming events at the office. We have found that our Facebook fan page and blog are great tools for making this connection.

    Dr. David Eichel and our team want to continue to improve our social networking presence. Let us know how you would like us to be using are social media or what you would like to see posted on the blog.

    Happy Social Media Day!

    -Dr. Eichel and team

  • Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

    June 23rd, 2011

    Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. And what’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

    Watermelon Sorbet

    Ingredients

    • ¾ cup water
    •  ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind

    Directions

    In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

    Happy Summer!

    Dr. David Eichel and team

  • Orthodontic Emergency Care with Eichel Orthodontics

    June 16th, 2011

    True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Eichel.

    You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with Eichel Orthodontics.

    The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

    Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

    Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

    Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

    Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

    Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it’s worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

    General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

    Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.

  • What do you LOVE about Cincinnati?

    June 08th, 2011

    Eichel Orthodontics, your Cincinnati orthodontist, is situated around some pretty unique neighborhoods. Each is special with its own personality, created by the people and places (and our amazing patients) living within.

    Today, Dr. David Eichel and our team thought we’d ask: What are your favorite things about Cincinnati? Is there a local event you attend every year? Do you have a favorite eatery? Perhaps a favorite getaway in Ohio?

    Please feel free to share some information about your favorite local hang-outs in Cincinnati, and everything you love best about “your neck of the woods” in Ohio.

    If you need to schedule your next appointment, give us a call! Have a great week!

  • Ask Dr. Eichel: What’s so bad about nail biting?

    June 02nd, 2011

    We’ve all heard that biting your nails is an awful habit, but you many wonder- really- what’s so bad about it? Recently, our team at Eichel Orthodontics found an interesting article that discusses how biting your nails affect your teeth and oral health.

    Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

    Here’s why:

    • It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.
    • No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.
    • Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.
    • It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

    What can you do about it?

    Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation. Ask Dr. Eichel or visit the article for tips on how to break a nail biting habit.

    Good luck!

    Your friends at Eichel Orthodontics