Many families may not be aware, but October has quietly become a month of healthy awareness. Millions rally behind Breast Cancer Awareness efforts each October but known to fewer people is that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month. Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) typically utilize this time to conduct activities that educate the public about proper oral hygiene and the preservation of a child’s orthodontic treatment during Halloween.
Striving to be anything but “typical”, Dr. Dennis Hiller and the team at Hiller Orthodontics have lead a multi-community candy drive come to be known as “Treats for Troops. Treats for Troops was created six years ago as a means to engage communities in orthodontic friendly, healthy food choices while providing something special for troops stationed both locally and abroad. Dr. Hiller feels that Treats for Troops is a real win-win situation. “Our patients and friends can limit their intake of excessive sweets and our troops will know we are still thinking of them. We are thrilled we can lift their spirits.”
Hiller Orthodontics has conducted the “Treats for Troops” program for over six years. With the unanimous support of northern communities like Laconia, Conway, Littleton, Plymouth, Berlin, Wolfeboro and St. Johnsbury, over 3,000 lbs. of candy have been redistributed. Last year alone more than 500 lbs. of candy was collected and redistributed. This year’s community efforts include collection bins at several local schools including Lancaster, Whitefield, Gorham, Berlin, Conway and Laconia. If you or your school would like to be a part of the Treats-for-Troops campaign or are looking for your nearest collection bin, please contact us at Hiller Orthodontics at 1-888-HILLER2.