COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Kool Smiles announced a program Monday designed to give kids' teeth a post-Halloween break.
Called Operation Troop Treats, the program offers children the opportunity to bring their Halloween candy into the Kool Smiles Dental Office on Woodruff Road in exchange for a choice of a toy. 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 Kool Smiles Regional Dental Director Ashley Nichols, DDS. "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 tooth brushes, toothpaste, and funds to cover operational costs for Operation Gratitude.
The Columbus office is participating from Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3 during open office hours. Every child that 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 3 toys per child and toys will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The Columbus Kool Smiles office is located at 4519 Woodruff Rd., Columbus GA, 31904.