#bullyingbites

Over the years, teeth have been reported as a main feature targeted by bullies. AAO challenges you to help in the fight against bullying during Orthodontic Health Month in October and beyond. Orthodontists worldwide are taking a stand and encouraging their patients to do the same because #BullyingBites.

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what we’re doing

This October, the AAO challenges its 19,000 member orthodontists to come together in the fight against bullying. Orthodontists worldwide are pledging to stand for the silent and encouraging their patients to do the same.

The AAO is serious about taking a stand. Stay tuned to learn more about how the AAO is using the 2021 Annual Session as a platform to help Stand for the Silent spread the anti-bullying message. Join us in this effort, because #bullyingbites.

why it matters

7/10

Americans admit to feeling self-conscious about their teeth.

57%

of Americans cover their mouths when they laugh due to insecurity over their teeth.

70%

of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.

get involved

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Spread the word.

Amplify the anti-bullying message by downloading and sharing these marketing materials on social media and in your office during the month of October.

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Take the pledge.

And inspire your patients to do the same. Have them sign a poster saying they will help put a stop to bullying or ask them to donate a dollar to “take the pledge.”

Go orange on Unity Day.

Encourage your whole office show up in orange on Oct. 21. Get creative and order custom shirts or download a template under “Spread the Word.”

Donate.

Put your money where your mouth is. Make a contribution on behalf of your office or consider sponsoring a presentation in your local area schools.

Change lives.

DOS orthodontists have provided more than five million dollars in treatment for 914 patients. Join your colleagues and donate your services.

mark your calendars | october 2020