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Dentist will swap cash for Halloween candy

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.

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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.

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Dentist will swap cash for Halloween candy

by Anna Li / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Oct 31, 2011, 10:34 am

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.

Comments

Anonymous
The Crossings
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:59 am
Anonymous, The Crossings
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

That is a lousy deal. Candy hasn't been $1/lb in 40 years. Talk about sucking all the joy right out of life. Dr. Killjoy, DDS, is just trying to drum up business. Just brush your teeth, Kids.


@Anonymous
The Crossings
on Oct 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm
@Anonymous, The Crossings
on Oct 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Clearly you do not have children.

"Just brush your teeth, kids" ha ha ha ha. If only life were that easy!!!

This is a nice option for kids. They can eat some of their candy, and sell some back. Children do not need hundreds of $$$ and they did not buy the candy, nor their costume, etc. so it is a good deal for them.

Stop being so negative on every story you read


Hardin
Cuesta Park
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:08 am
Hardin, Cuesta Park
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

Ingenious way of incentivizing kids to eat less candy. Realistically, we have surpluses of candy after every Halloween that never gets eaten.

Also a pretty inexpensive and slick way to draw potential business to your dental practice. After all, guess who will be driving the children to redeem their money for candy swaps?

And Anonymous, what's wrong with advertising one's business and trying to increase his practice? He isn't making false or misleading claims, just broadcasting he's a dentist.


Jester
St. Francis Acres
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:11 am
Jester, St. Francis Acres
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

"That is a lousy deal. Candy hasn't been $1/lb in 40 years."

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Anonymous, the reason his pricing so low is to prevent crotchety folks like you from taking kid's candy and selling it to him for profit...


Peachygirl
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on Nov 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Peachygirl, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on Nov 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I hope this dentist will donate the candy to some worthy institution like a homeless shelter or such rather than throwing away the candy. Additionally, he needs to "incentivize"parents from letting their children take the candy in the first place.


Greg David
Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Greg David, Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

He should donate the candy to the girlscouts. They are shipping donated candy to troops overseas.


Hardin
Cuesta Park
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:41 am
Hardin, Cuesta Park
on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

"He should donate the candy to the girlscouts. They are shipping donated candy to troops overseas."

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Viola! What a great idea for re-purposing an excess we enjoy in the States.

Upon reflection, if something as small as candy can uplift a soldier overseas, it only underscores the tremendous sacrifice our troops are making for our country, and at the expense of their own lives and families.


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