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5th Annual Cash for Candy Event at Plaza Dental

Posted October 27, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

Trick-or treaters can bring their Halloween candy to Plaza Dental at 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway November 3rd and 4th from 3-5 PM and receive $1 per pound of unopened candy! Dr. Steffany Mohan is once-again putting her money where her mouth is by buying cavity-provoking candy back from kids. The treats will be shipped to our troops overseas so they can enjoy Halloween away from home. “Kids can have all the fun of trick-or-treating, plus a piggy bank bonus,” says Dr. Mohan.

Candy consumption is almost unavoidable this time of year, but there are good and bad candy options.  The worst candy choices are chewy and sticky sweets such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit. Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cakes are another poor choice. “Kids will need to brush as soon as they eat sticky and sugary treats because these types of treats get stuck in the crevices of teeth and cause decay,” says Dr. Mohan. Finally, avoid sour candies because they are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. However, wait at least 30 minutes to brush after eating sour treats to avoid brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.

Better candy choices include sugar-free lollipops, candies, gum, and dark chocolate.  “Parents should closely monitor their children’s candy intake this Halloween—and all year round—and promote good oral health habits,” Dr. Mohan says. “Most importantly, kids should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes under the supervision of an adult.”

To learn more about our Cash for Candy program, more information about the best and worst Halloween treats, or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 515-224-5999, or visit us online at

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