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Dentists offer cash for candy

Posted: October 15, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2009 10:21 p.m.

Courtesy photo (Left) Children can turn their candy into cash on Nov. 2 at Drs. Allen & Kelly Smudde.

One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring in their excess candy to the office of Drs. Allen and Kelly Smudde in Valencia and receive $1 per pound of candy.

Drs. Allen and Kelly Smudde are leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and glowing electric toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

"Ditch the candy, that's what we're saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventatives, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost," said Dr. Kelly Smudde. "Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, these glowing brushes we're giving out are really cool. They're like lightsabers for your mouth."

Global sugar consumption increases for kids by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their 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 the offices of Drs. Allen and Kelly Smudde the Monday after Halloween, Nov. 2, from 3:45 - 6 p.m. The candy must be unopened. Please no bites. It will then be shipped to our brave troops overseas.

For more information, call (661) 259-4474 or visit


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