By Kiona Dyches LIVERPOOL, NY (NCC News) — As Halloween comes to an end, local dentists find ways to help others celebrate. Today, Today’s Dentistry hosted their 8th annual Halloween Candy Buyback. The program was designed in 2005, as a way to collect candy to be sent to troops overseas.
Many children arrived at the event excited to give back.
“When my mom found out about this we decided it would be a good thing to give our candy to people that actually need it and don’t get the chance to get candy,” said 11-year-old Ali Dimitrijevski.
But helping troops isn’t the only benefit of the program. It’s also a way for parents to get rid of the extra pounds of candy they don’t want their kids to eat. The program offers $1 for each pound of candy each child brings in. That incentive allows parents to get their kids to give up the candy without putting up a fight.
“Now we’re not fighting them to eat candy when they really don’t need all the candy they get in one trick or treating session,” said father of 3 Christopher Massey.
Dentists explained that you don’t have to give it up completely, but moderation is the key to avoiding cavities after Halloween.
“If they have one candy bar on Monday, and another candy bar on Tuesday and another candy bar on Wednesday that’s three different chances of that acid exposure,” said Dr. Scott Dillingham of Fayetteville Dentistry.
The acid he’s referring to is the result of sugar that dissolves on your teeth. It can lead to tooth decay, which causes cavities.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children. Of the 4 million children born in the United States each year more than half will suffer from tooth decay by the time they are 8 years old, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention.
If you weren’t able to make the event, Today’s Dentistry will be collecting candy until November 10, 2016. You can also drop it off to one of the following schools.
- Long Branch Elementary School
- St. Margaret’s School
- Vernon Elementary School
- J.D. George Elementary School.
If you are interested in participating next year, Check out these local dentist offices who participate in the program.