Candy buy-back supports kids

MARYSVILLE For the fourth year, local orthodontist Jason Bourne is offering kids and their parents a healthy and helpful alternative to scarfing down all of that candy during Halloween trick-or-treating.
At his offices here and in Lake Stevens, Bourne is offering $4 for each pound of Halloween treats surrendered. Two dollars will go to the child giving up the candy, with the other $2 going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marysville and Lake Stevens.
Last year, Bournes candy buy-back collected more than 250 pounds of sweets which were sent to troops fighting in Iraq.
The buy-back is Nov. 6, 8, 12 and 14 at Bournes Marysville office, 815 State Ave., and Nov. 1, 5, 7, 13 and 15 at the Lake Stevens office, 9633 Market Place.
As one might suspect, Bourne has some advice for his patients and other children and adults currently sporting braces or other dental appliances.
Bourne recommends those wearing braces avoid the following: caramel and taffy; hard candy; bubble gum; hard pretzels; peanuts; taco chips; and, un-popped kernels of popcorn.
Further, Bourne advises parents of children with braces to check out their childrens Halloween treats for those potential brace busters.
According to Bourne, some candies are OK for orthodontic patients. The allowable goodies include plain or soft chocolate or chocolate covered peanut butter cups. But Bourne urged any orthodontic patients to brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in any sugary snacks.
In terms of emergency visits and calls, Bourne noted that the days immediately following Halloween represent one of the busiest times of the year for orthodontists. Bourne said he hopes his candy buy-back will help dental patients, especially those with braces, enjoy the holiday while cutting down on orthodontic problems.

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