Queens Dentist to Give Kids Cash for Halloween Candy

By Paul DeBenedetto on October 16, 2012 5:09pm 

  A Queens dentist will pay $1 for every pound of candy brought in to her office.
A Queens dentist will pay $1 for every pound of candy brought in to her office.
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QUEENS — This is no trick.

One Queens dentist has decided to fight back against dentistry's mortal enemy buying back Halloween candy from neighborhood kids.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, Dr. Alexandra Khaimov of Maspeth will offer kids $1 for every pound of candy they bring into her Maspeth or Elmhurst offices.

"Kids can still experience the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well," Khaimov said.

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2 percent annually, and is at 50 million tons per year, Khaimov said, and eating some types of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Tooth decay is five times more prevalent than asthma, and sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association.

Kids can drop their candy off at Best Choice Family Dentist at 40-36 82nd St. in Elmhurst, and at Grand Smile Dental at 69-77 Grand Ave. in Maspeth.

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