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Local dentist offers cash for candy

Date: 10/30/2012

SPRINGFIELD — What's a ghost's favorite candy? BOO-ble gum!

One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Dr. Laura Gramse's office at 2194 Wilbraham Road, and receive $1 per pound.

Gramse is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and goody bags in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

"Ditch the candy is what we're saying," Gramse said. "Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost. Kids can still have the fun of trick-or-treating, and now the piggy banks will benefit as well."

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 be 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 Gramse's office on Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to the troops overseas.