Sunday, October 19, 2008

Your Markham and Greater Toronto Orthodontist and National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health month. Did you know that there are more than 4 million children and 1 million adults receiving treatment from members of the American Association of Orthodontists?

Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists. Your Markham Orthodontist subscribes to the scientific journal of the Association and attends annual conferences in continuing education. Dr. Tam looks forward to taking TeamMCO to the city where he was trained, Boston, for the annual meeting in 2009!

With the month's most famous day, Halloween, coming up, a number of different stories, tips, and images have been posted on their site. There is also a section of braces-friendly recipes by celebrity chef Michael Chiarello.

Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. Make sure you enjoy yourself, but remember to take care of your teeth and braces so that your treatment stays on track since broken braces and loose wires can result in longer treatment times. Please see our refresher on caring for your braces.

For more information regarding braces, straight teeth, and Invisalign in Markham and Greater Toronto, please feel free to browse our posts, website, or contact us in the office. TeamMCO wishes all of their orthodontic patients a wonderful Halloween!

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