Food, Family, Fun — October 28, 2010

Local dentist takes stand against sweets this Halloween

“Our goal is to collect a half ton of candy,” said Dr. Nylaan.

Dr. Nylaan is leading this anti-decay movement by inviting the tooth fairy to his office to give out dollars, toothbrushes and toys in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. Also, the first 100 children will be offered dental Toothprints.

Dental Toothprints are a thermoplastic wafer, which records the size and shape of a child’s teeth, the tooth position within the arch, and the relationship between upper and lower jaws. Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person, so bite impressions serve an accurate method of identification. Toothprints impression also captures saliva, which provides a DNA sample.

Candy will be exchanged for cash at the office of Brian S. Nylaan, D.D.S. on Monday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. Children will receive one dollar for each pound of candy. Candy must be unopened. All of the collected candy will then be shipped to soldiers serving in the Middle East through the Operation Gratitude program.

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, the toothbrushes and goodie bags we’re giving out are really cool,” said Dr. Nylaan.

Dr. Nylaan offers general family dental care as well as cosmetic procedures and implant placement. The dental office can provide more information at (616) 361-7317 or online at

Cedar Rock Dental Care buys back your candy

Collected candy supports troops overseas

CedarRock Dental Care will be paying one dollar for every pound of unopened candy turned in to them after Halloween. This is part of Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that will collect the candy, package it all, and ship it to our troops overseas. If possible, they would love to have the children also bring a letter or card to send along with the candy, wishing our soldiers well and hoping they enjoy the candy. They will also send Beanie Babies and phone calling cards. The soldiers not only love the candy and other items for themselves, but they also give them out to the children in the communities they patrol—winning hearts and minds all over the world.

Please help CedarRock Dental Care send an enormous amount of candy to our troops. Bring it to their office on Monday, Nov. 1, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. only, at 4655 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford, directly across the street from John Decker Chevrolet. For further information, please call (616) 866-4461 or (616) 696-2600.

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