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Halloween Candy Buy Back: Local Dentist Take a Stand Against Sweets this Halloween

October 23, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — washingtondent @ 10:32 pm

What’s a ghost’s favorite candy? BOO-ble gum! This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Washington Dental Associates in Bergenfield, NJ or Smile More Dentistry in Tappan, NY and receive $1 for every pound of candy and a chance to win $50 gift certificates to Toys R Us. The Drs. are working with “Operation Gratitude” where the candy will be shipped to our troops overseas. The soldiers look forward to these care packages full of treats because it reminds them of home. They know we are thinking about them,” said Dr. LaCap. “Not to worry about our troops and tooth decay, we will also be sending them toothbrushes!”

“Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” says Dr. Tong from Smile More Dentistry in Tappan, NY. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating and maybe eat a few of their favorite candies. Eating all the candy from trick-or-treating can do a lot of damage. Exchanging the excess candy for toys, games and prizes is much healthier and more fun. Plus, if you bring in 5lbs or more, your child can get a free sealant worth $75.”

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids’ teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Drs. Lacap and Tong are a husband and wife dental team who have been providing cosmetic, family and children’s dentistry for over 24 years in the Bergen/Rockland County area. For more information call 201-384-2425 (NJ), 845-359-1763 (NY) or visit 

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