One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." From Nov. 1-8, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to any Wilson Martino Dental location or to TLC Dental during normal business hours and they will be paid $1 for every pound of candy they turn in.
As a thank you from our community, the offices will then ship all candy to troops serving overseas. Dr. Robert Martino is leading this annual community "Thank You Troops" event.
"Trick-or-Treat for the troops this year and earn a little money doing it. Pick a few of your favorite treats to keep and then let us buy the rest. A few pieces of candy here and there won't do much harm to your teeth, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your mouth a healthy boost," Martino, D.D.S., C.E.O. of Wilson Martino Dental, the largest dental organization in West Virginia, said.
"Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, these glowing toothbrushes we're giving out are really cool - kids will love to brush with them."
Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means that parents need to make 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.
Candy will be collected at each Wilson Martino Dental office and at TLC Dental, after Halloween from Nov. 1-8, during office hours. The candy must be unopened, please no bites. It will then be shipped to the troops serving overseas.
Candy drop-off locations include: Bridgeport, Buckhannon, Elkins, Fairmont, Morgantown, Teays Valley and TLC Dental in Sabraton. Directions and hours for all participating drop off locations can be obtained at www.wilsonmartinodental.com, www.tlcdentists.com or by calling 1-87-SMILE-WIDE (877-645-3943).