Happy October! For those who don’t know, it’s National Orthodontic Health month.

This month-long event is organized by our good friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Don’t forget about Dr. King’s candy buyback program through our local schools. November 1st – 4th from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. For every pound of candy brought in, students will receive $1 and Dr. King will donate $1 to their participating school.

Dr. King realizes that this is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. So candy up, but remember there are many treats that are not brace friendly and Dr. King is here to help you maneuver through your treat dilemmas. Based on recommendations from the AAO here are items you’ll want to avoid:

• Caramel • Nuts • Popcorn (including un-popped kernels) • Taffy • Jelly beans • Hard pretzels • Licorice • Bubblegum • Ice

If you damage your braces, just give Dr. King a call immediately. Small problems can be solved easily. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some wax until you are able to come into our office.

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