Our Halloween Candy Buyback Was Featured On ABC Channel 20 News

ABC News Channel 20 recently did a story about our Halloween Candy Buyback happening today and tomorrow.

Here’s the article and a link to the video:

Cash_for_Halloween_CandyHalloween is that time of year where kids get to stock up on candy. After the trick-or-treating is all said and done, most kids are left with an over abundance of candy, which is why a local dentist from Advanced Dental Care of Springfield is offering local children cash in exchange for candy.

“It’s ok to eat candy, it’s okay to enjoy treats, but not to excess, we all know that kids get way more candy than they need,” said Dr. Matt Vandermolen of Advanced Dental Care.

Dr. Vandermolen and his team are hoping to give your kids a break from the sweets to help prevent candy provoking cavities.

“What were doing is having the kids come in, and we’ll weigh their candy and we will give them a dollar per pound of their candy up to five pounds,” said Dr. Vandermolen.

The cash for candy event is part of a nationwide effort to not only help limit the amount of candy eaten by kids, but to also help support our troops overseas.

“We want kids to enjoy some of the candy they have and then give them an opportunity to return some of that candy to our troops overseas,” said Dr. Vandermolen.

Captain Dutch Grove of the Illinois National Guard says something so small, like a piece of candy, is like a piece of home to the men and women serving overseas.

“It’s like Christmas and you can never thank those people enough but to know that groups get together here at home and people pass by and donate in order to send us those things, it’s a great feeling to know that we are not forgotten,” said Captain Goves.

The cash for candy event will be taking place at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield on Friday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Halloween buy back candy will be shipped to Operation Gratitude in California where it will be sorted, repackaged, and distributed to troops serving overseas.

Source: http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_13935.shtml

Common Dental Health Issues for Teens

There are a number of common dental concerns that occur in teens. From oral hygiene issues to crooked and crowding teeth, from cavities to wisdom teeth pain, preventative care and early detection can make these common problems much easier to deal with and solutions faster for your teen.

Lacking the proper knowledge on preventative oral care is an issue many teens face.  It is vital that they understand the importance of good oral health and how it is vital for their overall health.  Developing good habits of brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis will greatly reduce the likelihood of cavities and plaque building up around teeth and gums.  Lack of proper brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases or more serious dental issues.  Furthermore, poor oral hygiene has been linked to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America.  

Cavities are one of the most common concerns among teens.  The good news is that cavities can be prevented through good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, and incorporating a healthy diet.   Avoiding sugary foods and drinks such as candies or soda pop will also help with cavity prevention and can improve overall gum and tooth health. 

Common orthodontic concerns that occur in teens such as teeth growing irregularly, crowding, crooked or gapped teeth are often treated with braces. Fastbraces® can be a great solution for your teen for a shorter treatment than traditional braces!  See Dr. VanderMolen for more information and to see if Fastbraces® is the treatment for you! 

Some teens may be uncomfortable with the appearance of their smile if there are spaces, crowding, crooked or chipped teeth. This can affect their overall self-esteem.  Additionally, misplaced teeth can make it more difficult to clean properly, which may result in problems later on.   If the problem does not require orthodontic treatment, there are many cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers, bonding and crowns that can help your teen find their beautiful smile and the self confidence it brings.

Wisdom teeth often cause problems for teens as this is a common time for the wisdom teeth to begin to emerge. Wisdom teeth generally require being removed as they can cause pain and problems to molars.  Wisdom teeth which are not removed can also contribute to diseases of the gums.

Regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups will help teens maintain a healthy, happy smile and will remind them of the importance of oral health.    Call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment. Our friendly professional staff at Advanced Dental Care is ready to get your teen on the path to beautiful healthy teeth!

Halloween Candy Buyback 2013

This Halloween, Dr VanderMolen and the team here at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield are quite literally putting our money where our mouths are. We’ve decided to participate in a program called the Halloween Candy Buyback.

This program gives trick-or-treaters the opportunity to exchange some or all of their Halloween haul for cash.  The collected candy will then be sent to Operation Gratitude in California where it will be sorted and repackaged and then distributed to troops serving 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.

We will be collecting the candy on Friday, November 1st, the day after Halloween, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and again on Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (217) 546-3333 or visit our Facebook page HERE.

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