Dentist Giving Cash for Candy in Westport and Seekonk

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Local dentist, Dr. Mary Jane Miranda, takes a stand against sweets this Halloween to support Operation Gratitude. All candy collected will be donated to members of the US Military stationed around the world.

Dr. Mary Jane Miranda

Dr. Mary Jane Miranda

This allows children to still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.

One area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Perfect Smiles in Westport and Southcoast Smiles in Seekonk and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Mary Jane Miranda is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

“Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with extra candy and desserts altogether would really make a big difference,” says Dr. Miranda. “This allows children to still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.”

Global sugar consumption for children 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 can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain, as well as hurting children’s teeth. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces. Dr. Miranda says soft chocolates and candy that dissolves quickly are the best options.

5 treats you can enjoy:
Plain Chocolate (Hershey bars, Hersey Kisses, etc)
Powder Candy (Sugar Straws)
Kit Kat bars
Peppermint Patties
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups    

5 treats you should avoid:
Anything containing caramel
Sticky items, such as Gummy Bears or Sour Patch Kids
Popcorn and nuts

Candy will be collected at Perfect Smiles Dentistry the Saturday after Halloween, November 2nd , from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m and at Southcoast Smiles Dentistry in Seekonk on Tuesday, November 5th from 4-7 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to troops overseas. The event is open to all children; they do not need to be a patient of the practice to participate.

About Dr. Mary Jane Miranda
Dr. Mary Jane Miranda is one of three general dentists at Perfect Smiles Dentistry in Westport and Southcoast Smiles in Seekonk, which both put a special emphasis on treating anxious and nervous patients with sedation dentistry. Both offices provide a wide variety of services, from pediatric and general dentistry to cosmetics and orthodontics. Dr. Mary Jane Miranda is available to provide more information at 508-636-6566, or visit Perfect Smiles Dentistry online at

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