Cash for Candy -- Orange County Dentist Takes a Stand Against Sweets this Halloween

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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 Aesthetic Dental Designs in Laguna Niguel and receive $1 per pound.

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What's a ghost's favorite candy? BOO-ble gum!

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 Aesthetic Dental Designs in Laguna Niguel and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Todd Snyder is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

"Ditch the candy, that's what we're saying. Visiting your dentist three times per year and brushing and flossing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost," says Dr. Todd Snyder from Aesthetic Dental Designs. "Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well."

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 teeth and damaged braces.

Candy will be collected at Aesthetic Dental Designs the Monday after Halloween (November 2, 2009) from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. The candy must be unopened. Please no bites. It will then be shipped to troops overseas.

Dr. Todd Snyder is an Orange County Dentist, author and international lecturer. His dental office emphasizes general dental care as well as cosmetic procedures and TMJ therapy. Dr. Snyder is available to provide more information at 949-643-6733, or visit Aesthetic Dental Designs online at http://www.aestheticdentaldesigns.com

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