Dr. Michael Ungerleider of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) announces today the details of the 2016 Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. The buyback program is intended to promote oral health by reducing the amount of sugar consumed, as well as to reward those who donate candy to a worthy cause.
“The amount of sugar consumed around Halloween and other such holidays becomes a health issue when you compare the numbers,” said Dr. Ungerleider, President of the CSDA. “The FDA recommends that people eat no more than 50 grams of sugar each day. And the average candy bar has nearly 25 grams of sugar.”
“Doing something as simple as donating Halloween candy can make a big difference,” said Ungerleider. “Not only does it improve health by reducing the amount of tooth-decaying sugar ingested, but the candy is sent in care-packages to our nation’s service members.”
Dental offices around the state will be collecting unopened candy, some paying one or two dollars per pound. Once collected, the candy will be sent to a nonprofit whose mission it is to express appreciation for military and first responder communities, who will then distribute it to U.S. service members in care packages.
The full list of participating dental offices can be found on the CSDA’s Charitable Dental Outreach Calendar.
The care packages typically will also include toothbrushes so that recipients can enjoy the sweets, as well as the benefits of proper dental care.
Due to its sugary content, candy ingestion is an instigator of tooth decay in children – especially around holidays, such as Halloween.
And while sugary candy isn’t great for oral health, it can still be enjoyed by following some tips to prevent tooth decay:
- Eat sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime to avoid lingering sugar.
- Avoid hard candy that stays in your mouth for a long time.
- Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth.
- Stay away from sugary beverages.
- Chew sugarless gum to help clean your mouth.
- Brush teeth twice per day for two minutes each time.
- Clean between teeth to remove bacteria.
- Visit the dentist for preventive visits and cleanings.
We’re happy to see so many dental offices participate in the buy back program year after year,” said Dr. Ungerleider. “We commend all the participating offices, and encourage people to donate their left-over candy to a great cause.”