Monthly Archives: October 2014

Candy Buy Back 2014

Halloween brings the excitement of costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and other scary things. And what about the pounds and pounds of candy our kids collect? Your Atlanta Dental Spa Team believes that can be one of the scariest things of all! On average, every American eats 24 pounds of candy per year. A lot of that candy gets consumed on and right after Halloween.

That’s why, once again, we are buying the candy back from your kids! That’s right, we will pay a cash reward of $1 per pound* in an effort to keep pounds of candy out of kids mouths and bodies. We’re not just preventing cavities, either. With childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes on the rise, we’re leading the way as health and wellness advocates for all of our patients and their families.

Once we buy back all that candy, we partner with Operation Gratitude, so the candy gets divided into small care packages that are sent to our troops serving overseas. The troops are so appreciative they often write us letters thanking us for remembering them. Many of these troops are serving in places where poverty is rampant and local children have very little. These troops enjoy sharing the candy with these grateful children. And the kids react as though it’s the biggest gift in the world. Imagine that! Each piece of your candy could brighten the day (the year!) of a less fortunate child somewhere out there in the world.

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The Details:

WHEN: November 4-6, 2014 7:30am-4:30pm

WHERE: Atlanta Dental Spa (2 Locations: Buckhead and Roswell)

    • Buckhead: 3189 Maple Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
    • Roswell: 1875 Old Alabama Rd, Suite 130, Roswell, GA 30076


*ADS will pay cash to each child for up to 5 lbs of candy. If you want to unload more than 5lbs, we will gladly take it and send it to Operation Gratitude.

Scary Tricks Hiding In Your Halloween Treats

Did you fill the big pillowcase to the rim with Halloween candy? (sometimes stopping home to dump one load so you could fill it again?) Could you canvas not just YOUR neighborhood, but several others?

After you got home, if you were like me, then you and Mom went through your candy to make sure it was safe. We threw away anything that was opened or home made, and we double-checked apples because of that frightening legend about razor blades. I remember some families even taking their candy to the ER to x-ray it.

Halloween has changed a bit since I was a kid. The thought of my kids running around unsupervised at night is horrific. Now there are scary ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hiding in our treats. Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog describes HFCS and explains the detrimental effects it has on our bodies and our total health. This blog resonates in 3 of my major frequencies: Dentist, Mom, and Wellness Advocate. Here’s why:


The “good bacteria” in your mouth use the HFCS for metabolism and then release lactic acid as a waste product. The lactic acid erodes your enamel, boring a hole that becomes a cavity. The acid also accumulates so that your whole mouth becomes acidic. The acid environment programs the “good bacteria” in your mouth to behave like bad bacteria. And, now your mouth is full of pathogenic bacteria who have the ability to rapidly cause cavities and gum disease. Studies suggest that HFCS is even more tooth-lethal than simple cane sugar.


Recent studies suggest that HFCS is as addictive as cocaine! It’s hiding in the foods our kids love: cereals, breads, ice creams, cookies, candy, crackers, sodas, sports drinks, salad dressings, condiments, cough syrups and more. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and it could be that our treasured children are literally addicted to this ingredient.

Wellness Advocate:

In Dr. Hyman’s blog he describes how HFCS increases appetite, promotes obesity, punches holes in your intestinal lining, contributes to diabesity and inflammation, and causes liver damage.

As your dentist and wellness advocate and a mom who loves my kids and yours, my advice for Halloween 2014 is to read the list of ingredients in your treats. If your treats are tricking you by hiding scary ingredients like HFCS (also listed as corn syrup, corn sugar, corn syrup solids), toss ‘em. Sound sad? I have great news. If your Halloween candy is sweetened with Xylitol, it helps to prevent and reverse cavities. It also has other positive health benefits! That’s right — HEALTHY CANDY! Stop by Atlanta Dental Spa to purchase some, or click either of these links Amazon or Dr. John’s to purchase online.

by Dr. Susan Estep