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October 31st, 2011
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Halloween TIPS from the American Association of Orthodontists
October 27th, 2011
It’s almost that spooky time of year again and Cincinnati orthodontist, Dr. David A. Eichel, and our team thought we’d share some Halloween tips from our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists.
Trick-or-treating safety guidelines:
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
- Carry a flashlight
- Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
- Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
- Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in
To protect your braces, steer clear of the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
- All hard candies
- All chewy candies
- Jelly beans
- Hard pretzels
- Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
Of course, Halloween does not have to be completely treat-less. Braces-friendly Halloween treats can help you enjoy the “spook-ta-cular” holiday. For example, plain chocolate candy is okay, provided you remember to brush and floss afterwards. Bobbing for apples as well as caramel apples are not recommended. However, you can enjoy thinly sliced apples, dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce.
Dr. David Eichel suggests looking for foods that are soft, such as soft chocolate that can melt in one’s mouth or peanut butter cups. Overall, candies that aren’t sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy are generally acceptable.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the entire team at Eichel Orthodontics!
5 tips to avoid plaque, from Eichel Orthodontics
October 19th, 2011
At Eichel Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.
Let’s start with brushing regularly.. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.
Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.
Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.
You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.
Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. David Eichel. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!
Cold season is here, from Eichel Orthodontics
October 11th, 2011
Cold and flu season is here – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.
To promote a healthy and clean environment, Dr. David Eichel and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our Cincinnati office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff at Eichel Orthodontics, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.
And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay Healthy!
At Eichel Orthodontics, October means National Orthodontic Health Month!
October 06th, 2011
Happy October! For those who don’t know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.
Dr. David Eichel and our team realize that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists like Dr. Eichel and other dental professionals in the Kenwood area.
The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
- Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
- Jelly beans
- Hard pretzels
If you have any questions, please feel free to give our Kenwood office a call, ask us on Facebook, or ask Dr. Eichel during your visit this month!
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