April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April 02nd, 2012
Visiting your dentist during your orthodontic treatment will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you have braces, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Your dentist is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next adjustment appointment. Take care of your teeth!
Which questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?
March 07th, 2012
When you visit Orthodontic Specialists for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:
- How long will I have to wear braces?
- Will getting braces hurt?
- Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
- What can I eat when I have braces?
- Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
- How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
- How often will I need to come in for appointments?
- How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic Specialists is here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. Your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!
Dr. David Eichel, reminding you to protect your mouth this winter
January 12th, 2012
With winter sports under way for a lot of our patients, Dr. David Eichel thought it would be a good time to remind our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both their mouth and appliances while participating in contact sports (and non-contact sports) this winter.
More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. Sixty-seven percent of parents say their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet, 70 percent say their biggest fear when their child plays is that they will get hurt. Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial
protection during games and practices.
Many people think a mouth guard is effective just to protect your teeth. But research has shown mouth guards can also reduce lower jaw impact that causes concussions and other dental injuries. Our staff at Eichel Orthodontics encourage you to head over to the American Association of Orthodontists’ website for a quick primer on the importance of mouth guards and facial protection.
We hope this helps you remember to always wear a mouth guard and other forms of protective gear when participating in fall sports! We encourage you to give us a call if you have any questions or ask us on Facebook!
Have you had a check-up lately?
January 04th, 2012
Even if you brush and floss daily, as well as maintain your braces and visit our office during your orthodontic treatment it is still important to visit your local dentist every 6 months, or as recommended.
- Your dentist can detect and treat tooth and gum problems that you may have never felt or noticed.
- Even thorough daily oral care may not be enough to prevent cavities and oral decay.
- Frequent visits can allow your dentist to treat a problem early to prevent future complications.During an oral exam your dentist can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.
If you have not visited a dentist in the past six months, please let us know! Dr. David Eichel will be happy to provide a few great references here in the area!
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