TERRE HAUTE —
Kool Smiles is offering a program designed to give kids’ teeth a post-Halloween break.
Called Operation Troop Treats, the program offers children the opportunity to bring their Halloween candy to the Fort Harrison Road Kool Smiles Dental Office in exchange for a choice of a toy.
The Kool Smiles office is at 1800 Fort Harrison Road (Plaza North Center).
The candy will then be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via Operation Gratitude.
“Halloween can be especially rough on kids’ teeth,” explained Polly Buckey Boehnlein, DDS, MS, a board certified pediatric dentist and regional dental director for Kool Smiles.
“The increased frequency of candy intake for many children around this holiday can increase the risk of and/or cause cavities or exacerbate existing oral health problems. This program encourages parents and children in the area to reduce the frequency their teeth are exposed to sugars by exchanging some of their candy for a fun toy.”
In addition to the exchange program, Kool Smiles is donating toothbrushes, toothpaste and funds to cover shipping costs to Operation Gratitude.
The Fort Harrison Road Kool Smiles office is participating from Thursday to Saturday. Every child who comes in can receive one toy for every 25 pieces of unopened candy in its original intended packaging (individual sticks of gum, for example, will not be accepted).
The program is open to everyone, regardless of whether they are a Kool Smiles patient. There is a limit of three toys per child and toys will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.