It's Called Cash For Candy

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

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It's called Cash for Candy.

A Floyd County dentist is actually paying kids for their Halloween candy.

The goal is to get kids to take in less sugar and brush their teeth more while sending the candy overseas to soldiers.

It’s getting closer to Halloween and for most kids that means one thing, candy.

One child says she likes, “Tootsies Rolls.”

One child says she likes, “Um, I like bubble gum.”

Another child says he likes, “Tootsies Rolls.”

Dr. Michael McKinney, a dentist says, “Normally when kids trick or treat, they get all this big excess of candy and they usually don't eat it all or use it all. Lots of people it sits around all year and they never eat it, and some kids actually eat way way way too much of it.”

So this dentist is buying back Halloween candy. A dollar per pound each trick or treater brings in. He’s hoping to get 1000 pounds.

McKinney says, “If we can stop some kids from over eating and eating too many sweets then it's all worth it.”

Dr. McKinney says kids are consuming more sugar in their diet, and he's seeing more cavities in children then ever before. “I think actually, Eastern Kentucky’s probably worse then some other areas of the nation.”

These kids say candy's good, but having a healthy mouth is better and that's why they brush their teeth everyday.”

McKinney says, “The more tooth structure you're loosing at a young age by having a cavity, the worse it is on the tooth. So if you're at age 6 or 7 and you're getting fillings in your permanent teeth, down the road those teeth are going to have to have crows, possibly need a root canal.”

But that's not the only reason to bring in the candy. All of it will be shipped to soldiers overseas.

Katie Rose Maynard, a trick-or-treater says, “I want to send candy to the troops because I think about them.”

It’s about taking care of yourself while taking care of others.

McKinney says with help from local businesses, they will be giving away prizes to children and adults during the event on October 31st.

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  • by Arlene Location: Johnson County on Oct 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    I think this is a great idea. Thinking of our troops while taking care of our childrens dental health. Thank you Dr. Mike!!!
  • by mother of 2 Location: Pikeville on Oct 17, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    I think this is a great idea. Children in our area eat to much sugar and drink to much pop. I think a lot of times the parent is not thinking of the dental care for thier child. It also does something nice for our soldiers. Way to go Dr. McKinney.
  • by Barry on Oct 16, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    don't worry Medicaid will pay to fill each and every cavity that candy could cause. Its the KY way.


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