TAMPA - Tampa dentist Dr. Randall Diez is looking to prevent tooth decay in children by giving away dollars in exchange for Halloween candy.
Trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to one of Dr. Diez's two Tampa offices and receive $1 per pound.
"Kids can still have all of the fun of trick or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well," says Dr. Diez.
The dentist understands Halloween is a fun time for children, but eating too much candy may lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. Studies have found global sugar consumption for children is increasing by about 2% annually meaning parents need to be ever more vigilant about how they care for their kids' teeth.
Consuming the wrong types of candy can also lead to chipped or broke teeth and damaged braces.
Children can drop off their excess candy from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on October 31, November 1 and November 2 at the following Tampa locations:
- General and Cosmetic Dentistry, 5010 Gunn Highway
- General and Cosmetic Dentistry, 3112 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite A
For more information, call (813) 960-5869 or visit cosmeticdentisttampafl.com .