Lutz dentist offers after-Halloween candy buy back
This could be the sweetest deal for you and your kids. You know your children can't (and you won't let them) eat all the candy they want after Halloween. So Dr. Yen Nguyen of Creating Smiles Comprehensive Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Lutz is offering to pay $1 for every pound of candy your kids bring to her office Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 3-6 p.m. There will also be raffle tickets given for prizes, such as gift certificates and iPods.
And not only will she give the kids cash for candy, but then she will package up the goodies and send them to U.S. troops stationed around the world through Operation Gratitude. Kids are encouraged to bring personal messages to the troops to include in the shipment.
"It’s a win-win situation for everybody involved,” says Dr. Nguyen. “People these days are paying more attention to childhood obesity but we need to draw that same attention to oral health as well and fighting cavities. Plus it’s a great way to share the Halloween spirit with those serving in the armed forces who could use a fond memory from home.” She adds that she's not trying to take the fun out of Halloween but just trying to get kids -- and their parents -- to not overeat the treats.
So take your candy to the good dentist at her office, 5306 Van Dyke Road, Lutz. Call (813) 963-1900 for more information.
Since my oldest son just lost his first molar and I certainly don't want him getting any cavities, I may take the good dentist up on her offer. But fLutz is kind of a haul for me. Any Pinellas dentists willing to offer the same deal?
-- Sherry Robinson