• A great braces-friendly fall recipe!

    September 27th, 2011

    Fall is here, and sometimes we here at Eichel Orthodontics just feel like a hot delicious meal is in order. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) made an appetizing (and braces-friendly!) fall dish that is sure to delight. Dr. David Eichel would like to remind you that a healthy diet provides essential nutrients and helps you achieve the best possible result from your orthodontic treatment.

    Pasta Pomodorini


    Ingredients:

    • ¾ pound spaghetti or spaghetti
    • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    • ¼ cup sliced garlic
    • ½ teaspoon finely minced Calabrian chilies, or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes, stems removed, crushed between your thumb and forefinger
    • Sea salt, preferably gray salt
    •  ½ cup fresh basil leaves, each torn into 2 or 3 pieces
    • Wedge of Parmesan cheese

    Directions

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta. While the pasta cooks, heat the 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook until the slivers are golden brown and crisp, then add the chilies and cook for about 30 seconds. Raise the heat to high and add the tomatoes. Simmer briskly to soften the tomatoes and thicken the
    juices, about 3 minutes. Season with salt. When the pasta is al dente, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta. Return
    the pasta to the warm pot off the heat. Add the sauce and the basil and mix well. Add some of the reserved cooking water if the pasta seems dry. Transfer
    to a warmed serving bowl and grate Parmesan over the top to taste. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

    Enjoy this great fall dish and have a great week!

    -From Dr. Eichel and staff

  • What was your favorite part of Summer 2011?

    September 20th, 2011

    The end of Summer and then subsequently the beginning of Fall are just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and we’re sure that you’ll be thinking about Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving plans.

    But wait! First, we want to know: What were your favorite parts of the Summer of 2011? Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

    Share your favorite memories, stories, or photos with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

    Dr. David Eichel and team

  • A few helpful webisodes about orthodontics

    September 15th, 2011

    Dr. David Eichel and his team at Eichel Orthodontics would like to point you to a few interesting webisodes about orthodontics, located on the YouTube page of the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

    There, they tend to post some very pertinent videos about orthodontic treatment, as well as state-of-the-art technology in orthodontia. These include “Orthodontic Treatment Basics,” “Common Bite Problems Seen in Children” and “Does My Child Need Braces?”

    We think you may find these webisodes interesting, as well as enlightening. If you have any questions about the videos, or your treatment here at Eichel Orthodontics, please give us a call.

  • When should you call Dr. Eichel?

    September 09th, 2011

    Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Kenwood orthodontist, Dr. David Eichel.

    Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

    1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
    2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
    3. Mouth breathing
    4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
    5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
    6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
    7. Speech difficulty
    8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
    9. Protruding teeth
    10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
    11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
    12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

    Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!

    Hope this helps,

    -Dr. Eichel and team

  • Breaking Bad Habits

    September 01st, 2011

    At Eichel Orthodontics, we know good dental health requires only a few minutes a day. We thought we’d provide some practical advice on how to improve your or your child’s smile between your adjustment visits with Dr. David Eichel.

    Start by brushing your teeth twice a day. Proper brushing techniques are an essential part of maintaining good oral health during your orthodontic treatment, as well as preventing gum disease. More care and time are needed to adequately brush your teeth when you are wearing braces. Brushing daily helps remove decay-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. Please consult Dr. Eichel if you would like us to review brushing techniques with you or your child. The use of a mechanical toothbrush such as a Sonicare or Oral B can aid in removing plaque around braces. Flossing daily will also prevent plaque to build up between the teeth and prevent stains between your teeth. Research has shown the bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and memory loss. Lastly, we encourage you to throw away old toothbrushes and replace them every 2 or 3 months, or after an illness.

    We hope this helps! If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Eichel Orthodontics or ask your general dentist during your next scheduled visit! Or, ask us on Facebook!