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History of HalloweenThe orthodontists at Pearson Orthodontics and our team thought it would be interesting to share with you the history behind Halloween. Did you know that Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays? Throughout the years it has gone through many changes. It was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It marked the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st). Centuries ago, the druids believed that ghosts and spirits roamed the earth at this time, and they lit bonfires as protection against the evil spirits.

When the Romans captured the Celtic lands, they adapted the day to honor their own deities. Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees and was represented by an apple in their rituals. It is thought this is why we bob for apples at Halloween parties today!

Over time, the Roman Catholic Church adapted the day as All Saints' Day, or All Hallows', Day, to honor saints who did not have a specific feast day of their own. The name gradually transformed into Halloween.Read more on Do you Know the History of Halloween?…

As dental professionals committed to the dental and medical health of patients in Phoenix and Chandler AZ, Dr. Joe Pearson and the team at Pearson Orthodontics are supporting the Oral Cancer Foundation and actor Michael Douglas to increase consumer awareness regarding the increase in oral cancer apparent today. Early diagnosis can reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities.

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Jack-O-BracesEveryone knows that at Pearson Orthodontics, we love having fun at Halloween.… But it can be a “nightmare” if orthodontic appliances are damaged eating the wrong treats.

Every year, the entire Pearson Orthodontics Team is proactive in educating parents and patients of the potential problems that can occur if orthodontic patients don’t watch what they eat during this fun time of year.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month. Dr. Joe Pearson supports the American Association of Orthodontics in their efforts to make patients aware of foods they need to avoid, especially with Halloween goodies.

Read more on Pearson Orthodontics' Patients Beware: Don’t Be In for a Fright Eating the Wrong Stuff at Halloween…