Halloween is tomorrow! The streets will soon be flooded with witches, ghosts, goblins, ballerinas, superheroes and many, many pumpkins. For a child, the larger the amount of candy received from trick or treating, the better the night is, however for parents, the opposite is true. Of course most parents want their children to have a great time on Halloween night and get lots of candy, but since the amount of candy that can be retrieved in one outing can be very high, the risk of dental issues from over consumption also increases. Solution? Enter what is called ‘switch witch’.
Working in the same way as the tooth fairy, a switch witch is a way to control candy consumption and reward those efforts; basically, it is the exchange of candy for a toy. The idea hasn’t been lost on dentists and some of them have decided to implement a similar system in their offices. “Starting Friday, Oct. 30 and lasting until Wednesday, Nov. 4, Operation Troop Treats encourages children and their families to visit one of the local Kool Smiles dental offices, where they can exchange Halloween candy for toys. The donated candy will then be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via Operation Gratitude. Every child who brings 25 pieces of unopened candy in its original intended packaging will receive one toy. The program is open to everyone, regardless of whether they are Kool Smiles patients, but there is a limit of 3 toys per child.”
It is truly a win-win situation for everyone; the dental offices are helping out worthy causes (and gaining new potential clients in the process), children are happy they get to help the cause as well (and get a toy in the process) and parents are happy that their child’s teeth are in check because they aren’t consuming too much candy and they are helping a worthy cause.