Taking candy from babies?


A Pleasanton dentist is hoping to help prevent cavities by buying back candy from kids, and sending it to our troops overseas.

Dr. Steven Nerad is offering $1 a pound for the treats, with money going to local schools.

"They say cavities are the most prominent chronic childhood disease," Nerad said. "Halloween candy, if you have a bag of it, it encourages kids to pick a little bit here and there."

Nerad said the buyback will start Nov. 2, to give kids some time to enjoy a bit of their treats. He said the buyback has been in PTA newsletters and several middle and elementary schools are involved.

"We're keeping track of the pounds donated by the kids according to their school," Nerad said. "For first place we'll match that up to $250, second place is $100, and third is $50.

Asked if shipping candy to soldiers would create problems for them, Nerad joked, "Maybe we can send some toothbrushes."

He added that the soldiers are adults and so will likely be able to make wiser choices about eating sweets.


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