A Mountain View dentist is offering cash for children's candy this Halloween. Dr. Joseph Lee launched his anti-tooth decay campaign to offer kids a sweet deal: go trick-or-treating and make money while fighting cavities.
Lee is offering to exchange $1 for every pound of candy a child brings into his Mountain View office.
"Kids can still experience the fun of trick or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well," says Lee.
He believes there is nothing wrong with trick-or-treating for candy. But children can collect a lot of candy, eat it for weeks and end up with cavities, he says.
Rising childhood obesity rates suggest parents should be vigilant about how much sugar their children consume. The National Institute of Health links excessive sugar consumption to hyperactivity, shortened attention span, tooth decay, tiredness and weight gain. Sugar can rob the body of vital nutrients and result in long-term health problems like diabetes.
While global consumption of sugar continues to increase, parents can still take action to keep their kids healthy. Encourage kids to brush and floss after eating candy. "Even rinsing with warm water can help," says Lee.
He mentions the frequency of consumption is just as important as the amount of sugar. Eating a candy bar every hour is worse for teeth than eating 10 candy bars in one sitting because saliva takes time to break down sugar, he says.
"Bathing teeth in acid all day is going to cause tooth decay," Lee says.
Lee is sponsoring the Halloween Candy Buy Back from Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 5, at his office, Mountain View Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 74 W. El Camino Real. Call the office for drop-off times at 650-988-9458.