Earn Cash For Your Candy And Support A Soldier




Local Dentist Takes a Stand Against Sweets this Halloween

— Earn cash for your candy and support a soldier —

10/12/2015 – One local dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Advanced Dental Care of Springfield and receive $1 per pound.   Dr. Matt VanderMolen and his team have joined the movement to reduce gingivitis and anti-decay by giving away dollars, prizes, and local favors in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

“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,” says Dr. VanderMolen. “Sure, they can have a few treats on Halloween night and maybe even keep a couple more for later in the week. But we’ll take the rest of it and pay them for it! Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. “

“Our dental practice chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back to help parents who want to limit the amount of damage that can be done to their children’s teeth. We want to encourage and teach preventative care and healthy habits, while supporting our troops overseas,” says Dr. VanderMolen.

Kids should still dress up, go out, have fun, and yes, even eat some candy. But after picking out the best of their stash, they will probably have about 10 pounds left, and nobody needs that much candy!

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% 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 and damaged braces.

Candy will be collected at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield on Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The candy will then be shipped to Operation Gratitude in California where it will be sorted, repackaged, and then distributed to troops serving our country overseas. Each child is eligible to receive $1 per pound, up to a five (5) pound limit, for all unopened, uneaten candy. We also encourage the children to draw pictures and/or write letters or notes to include in the packages to our troops.

Plus, there will be door prizes as well as a raffle of items donated by local businesses!

Dr. VanderMolen and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield work hard to raise public awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and great dental hygiene and they offer affordable and convenient dental care to Springfield and surrounding areas. For more information, contact Steve at 217-546-3333, or visit www.SmileSpringfield.com and www.HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com.

Dentistry From the Heart 2015 Photos

Here are a few pictures from this year’s successful Dentistry From the Heart event:

Check out some of the pictures from this year's Dentistry From the Heart event.Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone that…

Posted by Springfield IL Dentist – Advanced Dental Care of Springfield on Monday, July 13, 2015

Dentistry From the Heart 2015 Provided 112 Patients With Free Dental Care

At Advanced Dental Care of Springfield’s annual Dentistry From the Heart event held on Friday, June 12th, teeth cleanings, filling or extractions were provided to 112 people.

These services, valued at over $41,000 were provided absolutely free of charge to the patients and according to Dr Matt VanderMolen, dentist at Advanced Dental Care, “This community has been so good to us over the years and this is a great way for us to give back.  There are a lot of people that simply can’t afford routine dental care due to a variety of reasons and we love the opportunity to help those in need.”

Over 50 people volunteered to help provide these services and everyone that received services were incredibly appreciative.

Here are videos from two of the patients that received services:

Here’s a Before and After picture of one patients smile:

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Dentistry From the Heart is an annual event for the dental office at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield and the entire team looks forward to the event each year.

Spreading Free Smiles Across Springfield



Dr. Matt VanderMolen will host Dentistry From The Heart – providing people with FREE DENTAL CARE on Friday, June 12th 2015.

Springfield, Illinois – June 12th, 2015 – Dr. Matt VanderMolen will host Advanced Dental Care of Springfield’s Fifth Annual Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event – providing a FREE day of dental care to more than 100 residents.

The line will begin as early as 5:00 p.m. the night before, with many prepared to camp out in order to receive free services. Dentistry From The Heart patients travel from across Central Illinois every year to Dr. VanderMolen’s Springfield dental practice for the annual free day of dentistry, happening on Friday, June 12th, 2015.

In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events worldwide and provided more than 80,000 people with free dental care services.

Annually, Dr. VanderMolen and his team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors provide the first 100+ patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the sixth annual event for Dr. VanderMolen, who has donated tens of thousands of dollarsworth of free dental care to more than 600 Illinois residents.

“It is our favorite day of the year at Advanced Dental Care,” said Dr. VanderMolen. “The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart helps more than just a patient’s teeth, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.”

The media is invited to join the legion of volunteers, patients and Dr. VanderMolen on Friday, June 12th, 2015 to spread free smiles across Springfield through Dentistry From The Heart located at Advanced Dental Care, 4701 W Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL 62711. For more information please visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org. CONTACT: Steve (217)546-3333 or: steve@SmileSpringfield.com.

Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people those in need. Every year, Dentistry From The Heart events contribute millions of dollars in free dentistry and help more than 80,000 patients across the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org