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Contests, prizes, and new smiles! — We invite you to visit our practice and find out what's new this month!


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MONDAY– October 1


October:  Awww . . . October, one of our favorite months.  Not only do we celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month, but there’s this spooky little holiday in October as well.  Be sure and follow us this month for a little dental knowledge and a lot of fun!


Happy Birthday:

Let us be the first to wish a Happy Birthday to all our patients and FB friends celebrating during the month of October!

TUESDAY – October 2


 National Orthodontic Health Month:  It’s our month to celebrate!  The month of October is National Orthodontic Health Month.   We feel very blessed to work in this wonderful profession and we send a special thank you to all the patients we have had the opportunity to make “SMILE” since we’ve been in business.   Please help us celebrate by telling your friends or family, who could benefit from orthodontic treatment, to come in for an evaluation and be sure they tell us that you sent them.  Happy NOHM!


Customer Service Week: We take this celebration very seriously - it is Customer Service Week.  We strive to give our patients and their families the best customer service, not just this week but every week!  If you think we do, we sure would appreciate you sharing this post!


 Name Your Car Day:    

Yes, it’s a real holiday!  An insurance agency poll found that 25% of car owners name their car.  Do you?  Post your car’s name below!  

WEDNESDAY – October 3


National Dental Hygiene Month

In addition to being National Orthodontic Health Month, October is also National Dental Hygiene Month.  So much to smile about this month! Good oral hygiene is even more important when you are in braces.  Be sure to see your Dentist for regular hygiene appointments throughout your treatment.  


Do the Math:

Let’s do the math.  There are 1,440 minutes in a day.  You should brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time.  That is only 4 minutes of your 1,440-minute day.  Or only 28 minutes of your 10,080-minute week.  You can do it!  #brush28minuteseveryweek

THURSDAY – October 4


Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  

Go pink this month for Breast Cancer Awareness.  We support the efforts of all those involved in research and prevention.  Wear pink this month as much as possible to help bring awareness to this important cause.  We are BRACED FOR A CURE!

FRIDAY – October 5


World Smile Day: 

World Smile Day has been celebrated on the first Friday of October since 1999.  It is a day when people are encouraged to put a smile on the faces of their fellow man.  BTW, today just happens to also be “Do Something Nice Day”.  Making someone smile sure would be a nice thing for you to do today!


Mouth Breather:

Did you know that mouth breathing can be a sign that your bite is not quite right? If you or someone you know is a mouth breather, consider making an appointment with us to evaluate your potential need for orthodontic treatment.  We’d love to help!

MONDAY – October 8


October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness of Down Syndrome and make people aware of the abilities and accomplishments of people born with it. People like precious 7-year old Sofia!


Columbus Day:   Traveling on the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, in 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew traveled from Spain to see if the world was flat and to discover new worlds.  They did - America was found!  Thank you for your courage Christopher Columbus!


LOL - School.

Parents, you still gotta ask!

TUESDAY – October 9



Cardiovascular Health: 

In honor of National Dental Health Month, let’s talk about your heart! Gum inflammation has been shown in several studies to raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. This is thought to be because gum disease increases the inflammation throughout your body, which is known to lead to cardiovascular disease. Inflammation is a major risk factor for heart disease. Your dentist or hygienist should ask you about your heart health and family history of heart disease and conversely, cardiologists should examine your oral health. A problem in one area may signal trouble in the other. Keep your heart and your smile healthy!

WEDNESDAY – October 10


"Laughing Gas


Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

These cookies are so yummy and are “almost” homemade!



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs {whisked}
  • 1/3 cup oil


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix until completely incorporated.  NOTE:  Dough will be thick.
  3. Using a heaping tablespoon, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 7-8 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 4-5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  Repeat until all of the dough is baked.


  1. Combine the first 3 frosting ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the mixture has melted.  Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  2. Pour frosting over cookies. 
  3. Let frosting set and serve.  Keep cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

THURSDAY – October 11

NOHM - How Teeth Move:  

 As we continue to celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month throughout October, we thought we should share a little orthodontic trivia.  What do you think makes the wires help straighten your teeth?  It’s you!  That’s right, the wires we use in today’s braces are activated by body heat and were originally developed by NASA to use in the space program, so you’re almost an astronaut .. lol!



Celebrate Thursday with a Smile!

FRIDAY – October 12


We hope you have a winning weekend!


Dental Health Month – Tongue

In honor of National Dental Health Month, let’s talk about your tongue! Your tongue is covered in tiny bumps, called papillae – a great place for bacteria to hide.  A study at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine discovered that about a third of the bacteria species found on people’s tongues weren’t growing on any other surfaces in their mouths. Trapped germs on the tongue can lead to bad breath and affect your sense of taste, and the bacteria can travel to other parts of your mouth. Make it a habit to thoroughly clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You can use a tongue cleaner or your regular toothbrush. Be sure to talk to your hygienist about this at your next appointment!

MONDAY – October 15


Wake Up and Smile:   

Happy Monday!


Are You on Schedule:

We realize that most of our patients get more excited about their braces coming off than they do about them going on!  Here are a few ways to help make sure your braces come off when promised:

  • Make all your appointments.
  • Wear any appliances or rubber bands as prescribed.
  • Have excellent oral hygiene.
  • Bring cookies to the staff – JUST KIDDING or are we?

TUESDAY – October 16


Happy Boss’s Day to Dr Lisa King!  Today is Boss’s Day and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate the great Orthodontist we work for!


Would you like for your heart to grow two sizes today?  Just watch this sweet video.  And, we hope you remember how to make a new friend today too!

WEDNESDAY – October 17


Your Beautiful New Smile:  As we continue to celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month in October, we want to encourage you to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment.  We can do that for you with a complimentary appointment – just call us to set it up!


National Pasta Day: 

Is there really anyone out there who doesn’t love a little spaghetti?  Since National Pasta Day is during the bewitching month of October, why not celebrate tonight by putting a costume on your spaghetti and sauce.  All you need is some Mozzarella cheese, black olives and a little creativity!

THURSDAY – October 18


 Bounce Back:   

Can anyone guess this Rebus Puzzle? Here’s a hint – you can do this after being sick.


Did You Smile Today:  

We hope so!


The greatest compliment a patient can pay us is to refer their family and friends to our practice.  We thank you for talking about us, and we promise to treat your referrals with the best of care just as we do you!  Share if you would like to refer a friend to our practice!

FRIDAY – October 19


Flu Season:  

October is traditionally the beginning of flu season in the U.S.  Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.  If you are experiencing these, please see your doctor.  And be sure to call our office if you have an appointment scheduled.  We’ll be happy to get you rescheduled, so you can stay home and get better!



 Surprise Me

Carving your pumpkin? Post a picture for us!

MONDAY – October 22



Color Day:  Whatever you do today… wear lots of colors on Color Day!  Did you know that different colors stimulate different moods?  Check it out:

YELLOW:  There is a reason that Post-it notes are yellow. Studies show that the color improves concentration, because it literally “wakes up” the brain and nervous system.  Smiley faces are also this color because looking at yellow has been found to trigger the release of a feel-good brain chemical serotonin.

BLUE:  If you want to lose weight, try painting your kitchen blue. One study found that diners who eat in a blue room, compared to one painted red or yellow, eat a third less calories.

PINK:  Studies have found this girly hue has a calming effect on the body – and reduces muscle strength.  Perhaps it’s no surprise that women respond more ¬positively to pink.

RED:  Looking for love? Red has been found to make men more attracted to women.  It’s true - nearly 100 men were shown photographs of women in different colored clothes and those in scarlet were rated as much more attractive.

GREEN:  As it appears in the middle of the color spectrum, and has a wavelength easily seen by the eye, green is the least offensive color to look at.  As a result, it has a calming effect, which is why TV studios have “green rooms” to calm guests’ nerves before they appear.

WHITE:  Although white is associated with simplicity, tests by NASA found workers in white rooms, work less well than in pastel rooms. This is possibly because they find the stark contrasts around them distracting and because white is considered calming. 

BLACK:  Because black is often seen as a powerful color, it can also be interpreted as aggressive. In one experiment by the University of Florida, two hockey teams swapped their black and colored sports uniforms. Whichever team wore the black jerseys saw their players penalized for more fouls.



Fact of the Day – Baby Elephants

Although it can be so endearing in baby elephants and children, infants and young children who suck their thumbs too long may have dental problems arise. The most common dental problems associated with thumb sucking are an overbite (buckteeth) and malocclusion (misaligned, crooked teeth). We can correct both with braces.   Unfortunately, we do not treat baby elephants!

TUESDAY – October 23



Dental Health Month – Pregnancy: 

In honor of National Dental Health Month, let’s talk about babies! Studies show that pregnant women with progressive gum disease are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, deliver pre-term or have a low-birth-weight baby. Regular checkups with a dentist and hygienist become even more important during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should take extra care to keep their teeth at their best, not just for themselves, but for their babies too.

TV TALK SHOW DAY: Talk Show Hosts:   

Who knew they had their own day? Everyone has a favorite . . . Ellen, Jimmy, Steve, James, Dr. Phil, etc.  But, do you know who just signed up to have her own new talk show?  Here’s a hint – it will be a very musical talk show!

WEDNESDAY – October 24



 “Wire Talk - Halloween” 

Halloween can be a SCARY night for your braces!  Please remember your wires before you start digging into those Trick or Treat bags.   Take a few minutes to refresh your mind as to what you can and can’t eat when in orthodontic treatment.  Here are a few treats that should “not scare” your braces, so enjoy:  Plain M&Ms, Soft Cookies, Marshmallows, 3 Musketeers Bars, Peppermint Patties, Reese’s and anything else with a soft texture that is not hard or sticky.

Avoid the treats that can play tricks on your braces like these:  Caramel, Taffy, Popcorn, Hard Nuts (anything with nuts), Hard Pretzels, Skittle-Type Candies and anything else that is hard, sticky or chewy.   When in doubt, ask adult to help you sort your candy into good vs. evil!  And whatever you do, PLEASE brush and floss after you devour those goodies!


Smile Bold Statement:   

 CORRECT ANSWER TO TV TALK SHOW DAY:  You may want to go back to your post yesterday and respond that Kelly Clarkson is about to have her own Talk Show!    

THURSDAY – October 25


Countdown to Christmas:   

And the countdown begins!  He’s watching, so you better be good.


 Halloween Brain Teaser:

Can you find at least 8 things that are different between these two pictures?

FRIDAY – October 26



National Chocolate Day: 

Sunday is National Chocolate Day!  While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate. So, whether you like chocolate milk, chocolate cake or chocolate candy, Sunday is the day to enjoy your favorite treat!  


 Frankenstein Friday:

It’s Frankenstein’s Birthday! Always celebrated the last Friday in October, today is the day that Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote the story "Frankenstein" in 1818. Celebrating is easy – watch Frankenstein tonight and have a freaky Friday!


Here are some great tips on how to get the most out of a slow cooker.  Call us when dinner is ready!

MONDAY – October 29


Halloween Brain Teaser:

5 friends went trick-or-treating together for Halloween, but they soon got tired and went home at some point along the way. The next morning, the friends met up to exchange candy, so each could have their favorites. Can you figure out who wore what costume, in what order they left the group, and what candy was each friends’ favorite?
FRIENDS: Andy, Jane, Max, Pam, Sam
COSTUMES: witch, vampire, devil, cat, skeleton
CANDY: Reese's, M&M's, Snickers, Starburst, Milky Way
1) The 5 friends are Max, the witch, the girl who likes Starburst, the boy who dressed as a devil, and the person who left the group 3rd.
2) Andy (who does not like Milky Way) left sometime after Max and immediately before Sam.
3) Pam likes Starburst and she left after Sam.
4) The friends left the group in this order: the one who likes Reese's, the witch, Andy, the one who likes Milky Way, and Pam.
5) The skeleton likes M&M's.
6) The vampire was not last.


National Cat Day

Take the day off pups, it’s National Cat Day!   If you have a cat in your life, give them a special treat today or donate cat supplies to a local shelter. If you’ve been thinking of adding a cat to your family, perrrrrhaps today is the day!


Most animals are scaredy cats!  Plan for your pets on Halloween.  Keep them inside and safe from all the goblins on Halloween night!

TUESDAY – October 30


RECIPE  Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread:

Recipe – Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread

How yummy would it be to have some Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread for breakfast on Halloween tomorrow?  Check out this delicious and easy recipe:

Ingredients for The Pull-Apart Bread

Butter, for pan

1 c. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided

1 (16-oz.) can refrigerated biscuits, halved lengthwise

1 c. pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Ingredients for The Glaze

1/4 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 c. milk

Directions for Pull-Apart Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Pour sugar and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice into a large resealable plastic bag and shake to combine. Add biscuit pieces to bag 2 or 3 at a time, seal, and shake until coated. Set coated biscuit pieces aside on a plate and repeat with remaining pieces. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, vanilla, and remaining teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Slather pumpkin filling on a biscuit, then top with another biscuit and slather with more filling. Repeat until you’ve created a stack of biscuits (or two stacks of biscuits). 
  3. Place biscuit stack on its side in prepared pan, so you see layers of pumpkin filling. 
  4. Bake until biscuits are golden and puffed, 38 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly, then turn out onto a plate. 

Directions for Making Glaze

  1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer on low speed, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and mix until combined, then gradually add milk and beat until it’s a pourable consistency. 
  2. Drizzle glaze over pull-apart bread before serving.

WEDNESDAY – October 31


Happy Halloween:  

Have a fun and safe Halloween tonight:

  • Wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street, and don’t hide or cross between parked cars.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible, and remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms too!
  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. Costumes can be extremely flammable.
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Be cautious of animals, strangers and goblins!
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating, and don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Remember that small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
  • Know your home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency or become lost.
  • Review the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should costumes catch on fire.
  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway.
  • Brush and floss after enjoying your Halloween treats!




















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Lisa King Orthodontics
8300 Carmel Ave. NE, Suite 403
Albuquerque, NM 87122
(505) 299-7678