Halloween has come to represent fun costumes and lots of candy. In an effort to promote healthier choices, Family Orthodontics will once again host their Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Charity Program. The program has had increasing success each year, combining the goal of promoting a safe and healthy Halloween for children, raising funds for charity and supporting local troops serving overseas. This year, matching donations will be made to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization that raises money to help find a cure for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
Candy may be brought to Family Orthodontics, 10261 Route 60 in Fredonia, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Family Orthodontics will pay $1 for each pound of Halloween treats collected, so that children will have the option of purchasing a healthier alternative.
In addition, Family Orthodontics will donate $1 for each pound collected to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Collected candy will be included in care packages sent to military troops serving overseas.
Dr. Fortna with past year’s program participants.
"Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids of all ages," said Dr. Matthew Fortna of Family Orthodontics. "But too much candy can contribute to tooth decay and other health problems. And for people who wear braces, eating hard, sticky or chewy candies can harm their braces and may lengthen their orthodontic treatment."
Dr. Fortna added, "This program serves many purposes. It raises awareness about the negative effects of the candy. It rewards children for making healthy decisions with all of the extra candy. It funds a tremendous charity. It reminds our troops that we are thinking about them and the sacrifices they are making for our freedoms. When I served in the military, I looked forward to receiving care packages. The candy buy-back program is a win-win scenario."
During October, which has been National Orthodontic Health Month since 1995, members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) are conducting a wide range of activities to educate the public and their patients about protecting their teeth during Halloween, and share information about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Fortna has been in orthodontic practice in Fredonia since 2007. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he also completed an additional two-year, advanced educational program in orthodontics.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
Dr. Fortna offers a free consultation for new patients and no referral is necessary.
For more information on the candy buy-back or to make an appointment, contact Family Orthodontics at 672-2002, or visit www.familyorthodontics.net.