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Sweet Tooth? New Canaan Dentist Takes Kids' Candy

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Hey, kids! Anna Simonis is going to ask you to give up your Halloween candy. But she wants to pay you for that treasure trove of sweet and sugary goodness – and help sick children in the process.

Throughout November, Simonis, a dentist with New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry, will collect Halloween candy from kids. Simonis will give each child a dollar for every pound of candy they bring in. She will send the candy to U.S. troops and match every dollar worth of candy in a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Simonis, the town’s only pediatric dentist, said she is following the lead of others in the Connecticut State Dental Association. She wanted to find a way to help parents worried that their kids might eat too much candy after trick-or-treating. Simonis told parents about her plan at the New Canaan Nature Center Fall Fair two weeks ago and found they loved the idea of getting the mountain of sweets out of their homes.

Kids should enjoy some candy on Halloween, Simonis says, but she would prefer they not overindulge and worry about cavities. “It’s a way to get the candy away from the little kids,” she said. “I just figured it would be a good way to say that you’re not throwing away the candy.”

If kids want to eat some candy, Simonis said chocolate is the best for teeth because it melts and can be washed out with water. The worst are Starburst candies and Gummy Bears, among others. “Anything chewy and sticky,” she said. “It sticks to the teeth and brushing won’t get it out of the nooks and crannies.”

Kids can take their Halloween candy to New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry at 65 Locust Ave. from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30.

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