By Mye Owens Liverpool, N.Y. (NCC News) – With trick or treaters out tonight, Halloween is sure to bring sweet treats to children all over the United States. Forty million people are expected to be out tonight, experts say. Dressed as characters and animals, children and teens will be going door to door with parents asking for candy. But, some parents may be worried too much candy may be bad for their child’s teeth.
The American Dental Association found around 94 percent of all children in the U.S. participate in trick-or-treating. Two-thirds of children said they eat too much candy around Halloween, and 93 percent of children said they would rather have a video game instead of candy for Halloween. The ADA believes a healthy Halloween is possible with a few simple tips.
Today’s Dentistry is holding it’s 9th annual Halloween Candy Buyback Program this year. After a night full of trick-or-treating, a child is left with bags full of candy, and the buyback program allows children to get cash for their candy.
Not only do programs like this one give children a way to get rid of extra candy after Halloween, but encourages children to eat less candy. With children eating less candy, cavities are less likely to occur in children.
Children can bring in up to five pounds of candy to Today’s Dentist. For every pound they bring in, the child will receive one dollar and a goodie bag The program allows children to bring in up to five pounds of candy. For every pound of candy brought in, the child will receive one dollar. Along with money, each student gets a goodie bag full of toothpaste, toothbrushes, a timer, and a raffle ticket for the chance to win a tablet and a whitening teeth kit for the parents. The candy is sent to soldiers to enjoy. Families have the opportunity to participate in the program November 1st and 2nd.
Last year Today’s Dentistry collected over 17-hundred pounds of candy, and this year the goal is to collect 2-thousand pounds.
“If your not eating 7- pounds of chocolate, you may have a better chance at avoiding some of those cavities,” says Today’s Dentistry Office Manager Karen Santy.
While parents may have different ways to limit the amount of candy their children eat, Halloween Candy Buyback Programs are an easy way to get rid of extra candy, says Karen Santy.
Candy Buy Back programs in Central New York:
- Lalor Family Dental, Vestal, NY, 13850
- Eaves Family Dental Group, Penn Yan, NY, 14527
- Michelle A. Gifford, DDS, PLLC, Bainbridge, NY, 13733
- Today’s Dentistry, Liverpool, NY, 13090
- Lilac Family Dental, East Rochester NY 14445
- Thompson Dental Care, Holley, NY, 14470
- Allison Andreano, Henrietta, NY, 144467
- Brockportsmiles, Brockport, NY 14420
- Roland Orthodontics, Penfield, NY, 14526
- Slocum Dickson Medical Group, Ilion NY, 13357