SPOKANE – This Halloween, several dentists will offer kids cash for their candy as a way to promote being cavity-free.
This year, South Hill Pediatric Dentistry will divvy out $1 for every pound of the sweet stuff. South Hill pediatric dentist Erin Johnson said kids can still enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating and she even encourages kids to keep a few of their favorite pieces.
She says kids should choose soft candy or chocolate over sticky candy like taffy and suckers.
“Sticky candies dissolve a lot more slowly in the mouth and so they tend to coat the teeth. They tend to fill in the grooves of the back teeth very easily and they just sort of sit there all day,” Johnson said. “They’re harder to brush away because they’re so sticky.”
Johnson said chocolate brushes away better.
Kids can turn in their candy for cash at South Hill Pediatric Dentistry at 2020 E. 29th Ave on Nov. 1 from 2-5 p.m.
Children who donate their candy will also be helping a cause because this year South Hill Pediatric Dentistry will give all the collected candy to KREM 2’s “Treats 2 Troops” project that sends care packages to our service members overseas.
Dr. Erin Johnson encourages kids to bring in handmade cards and other items to send to the troops. For a list of the top ten requested items from our troops, click here.
As a friendly Trick-or-Treating alternative, South Hill Pediatric Dentistry will also offer “tooth-friendly treats” on Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m. as the office transforms into a “Halloween Central.”