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Monday, October 27, 2014

Treat Yourself Right with the Halloween Treats You Choose to Eat

Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances. These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong treatment. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is providing tips for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Learn about which treats are orthodontic-friendly and which ones should be avoided.
A few sweets can be okay occasionally, provided that the orthodontic patient remembers to brush and floss after eating. Below are guidelines for orthodontic patients so that they can enjoy the holiday and still be on pace to achieve their healthy, beautiful smiles.

The AAO encourages orthodontic patients to consult with their orthodontist if they have specific questions or concerns. 
In general, orthodontic patients should look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.

  •  Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
  •  Peanut butter cups
  •  Milk shakes
  •  Gelatin
  •  Peeled, thinly sliced apples
  •  Ice cream 

TREATS TO AVOIDIn general, orthodontic patients should avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy.

  •  Caramel
  •  Nuts (including candies that contain nuts)
  •  Licorice, jelly beans or taffy
  •  Hard pretzels
  •  Bubblegum
  •  Candy corn
  •  Lollipops
  •  Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
  •  Taco chips
  •  Ice 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

[Braces-friendly recipes] Graveyard Shakes & Goblin Goodies

1 serving

1¼ cup milk
1    Tbsp chocolate syrup
1    large scoop chocolate ice cream
1    large scoop vanilla ice cream
2    Oreo cookies, finely crushed
1    soft ghost-shaped marshmallow

- Combine milk, chocolate syrup and both scoops of ice cream in a blender.
- Mix well and pour into clear glass.
- Sprinkle a layer of the finely crushed cookies onto the top of the shake.
- Then, set the ghost-shaped marshmallow in the shake to make it appear as though it’s rising out of the top.
- Serve immediately.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Braces-friendly recipes] Spider Bites


1          cup shortening 2 cups all-purpose flour
1          cup sugar ½ cup cocoa
2          Tbsp. water 1 tsp. salt
1          Tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. baking powder
2          eggs 1 package black rope licorice cut into short 1” pieces
1          small tube of green (or color of choice) decorating gel
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
In a large bowl, combine shortening, sugar, water, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add eggs into the mixture and blend.
Slowly mix in flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder using low-medium speed.
Drop tablespoon helpings of mixture onto ungreased cookie sheets and roll each helping into a ball.
Bake 9 minutes at 375 degrees. The batch should produce around three dozen cookies.
Let cookies cool for about 10 minutes. Then using a toothpick, create four small holes in either side of the cookie.

Still using the toothpick, push one end of a piece of the cut licorice into each hole, creating the “legs” of the spider. Keep licorice pieces short so as not to harm braces.


October - National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Recently, bullying is getting even worse than it used to be, in part because of cyberbullying, where taunting happens online, often anonymously. Yet many parents still don’t understand what bullying is, how to tell if their kids are victims, and what to do about it if they are. 

Click on the link below to find out 12 things parents need to know about cyberbullying:

"Join the movement! The End of Bullying Begins with Me