Folsom area dentists offer cash for candy

Sweet treats to be donated to troops stationed overseas
By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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FOLSOM, CA - This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to local dentist offices in town and receive money and toothbrushes in return.

Participating Folsom offices include Designs In Dentistry, Amar Pawar’s Dental Office, Expressions In Dentistry and DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom. All are offering residents $1 per pound of unopened candy. The candy will then be shipped to troops overseas.

“Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” said Dr. Shaina DiMariano, of DiMariano Family Dentistry. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.”

According to Pawar, global sugar consumption for kids increases by about two percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids’ teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces, Pawar said.

Candy will be collected at Amar Pawar’s Dental Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at 309 Natoma St., Folsom.

Designs In Dentistry will also collect unopened Halloween candy from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 100 Iron Point Circle, Folsom.

Candy collected from Designs In Dentistry will be sent to U.S. Military troops in individual holiday care packages. Designs In Dentistry will also donate a toothbrush and floss with each pound of donated candy.

Folsom’s Expressions In Dentistry office will contribute to Ronald McDonald’s House Children’s Charities in exchange for Halloween candy brought in to their office by local children. They are also donating the candy to troops in Afghanistan.

Expressions In Dentistry will provide each child $1 for every pound of Halloween candy that the children bring in and will match what the children bring in, dollar for dollar. They will then contribute the total amount to Ronald McDonald’s House Children’s Charities.

Expressions In Dentistry will collect donations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 8, at 2304 East Bidwell in Folsom.
Candy will be collected at DiMariano Family Dentistry from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at 900 East Bidwell St., in Trader Joe’s parking lot in Folsom.

“The candy will then be shipped to troops overseas to give them a warm and happy reminder of home,” said DiMariano. “The event will also give children and community members the chance to sign a card for the troops and enter their name for raffle prizes.”

Residents can also donate candy to DiMariano Family Dentistry during regular office hours through Tuesday, Nov. 6.