Orthodontist buys back Halloween candy to benefit teeth, the community
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:30 AM
Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay, and some candy can even damage orthodontic patients braces. Orthodontist Dr. Jason Bourne at Bourne Orthodontics will help kids avoid injury to their braces and their teeth by buying back Halloween candy.
In the Third Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back, Dr. Jason Bourne is paying $4 for each pound of Halloween treats surrendered in his office. Two dollars will go to the child, and the other two dollars will be donated to the Lake Stevens and Marysville Boys and Girls Clubs. Last year, Bourne Orthodontics collected more 200 pounds of Halloween candy.
Some candies are permissible for orthodontic patients, according to Bourne. They include plain chocolate or soft, chocolate-covered peanut butter cups. However, Bourne cautions that patients should brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in treats with a high sugar content.
Bourne recommends that children who wear braces avoid these foods or candies: caramel and taffy, hard candy, bubblegum, hard pretzels, peanuts, taco chips and un-popped kernels of popcorn
Parents of children who wear braces may want to check out their childrens Halloween candy and eliminate these potential brace-busters.
Bourne notes that the days immediately following Halloween are usually an orthodontists busiest time of year for emergency calls. He hopes that his candy buy-back program will cut down on orthodontic emergencies and help children, especially those wearing braces, enjoy the holiday. Additionally, he aims to help out the Boys and Girls Clubs with this donation.
Both Bourne Orthodontics offices will accept childrens Halloween candy at the weigh-in, during normal business hours, on the following dates: Nov. 1, 6, 8, 14 and 16 at the Lake Stevens office at 9633 Market Pl., Suite 104 (in Parpia Plaza, just south-east of Target) and Nov. 2, 7, 9, 13 and 15 at the Marysville office at 815 State Ave, Suite 3 (in the Cascade Bank building).
Bourne Orthodontics can be contacted at the Marysville office at 360-659-0211, at the Lake Stevens office at 425-334-4053, or at www.bourneorthodontics.com.