For the 11th year in a row, Dr. Adam Francois is purchasing trick-or-treat candy that hell send to soldiers overseas

For the 11th year in a row, Dr. Adam Francois is purchasing trick-or-treat candy that he'll send to soldiers overseas. Here are a couple of pumpkins Don Anderson of Sherwood recently created. Anderson, who worked in public education programs for the former Tualatin Rural Fire Protection District, said it took him a couple of hours to create the 'cry baby' and maybe a half-hour to create the surprised onlooker.Once again, local dentist Dr. Adam Francois is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is” with his annual cash for candy drive to collect sweets for soldiers overseas.

The program encourages trick-or-treaters to bring their excess candy to Sherwood Dental Care in the Sherwood Market Center where they’ll receive $1 per pound for the sweets. In addition to cold hard cash, participants will also receive glowing electric toothbrushes.

“We’re not saying to ditch the candy altogether — just enjoy a handful and donate the rest to troops overseas. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but minimizing excess sweets would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” says Francois, who has owned Sherwood Dental Care since 1996, and has received the topDentist award from his peers several times. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, these glowing brushes we’re giving out are really cool—they’re like light sabers for your mouth.”

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever, said Francois. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can contribute to weight gain and in some cases, the wrong types of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Candy will be collected at Sherwood Dental Care, 15962 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road, on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Monday, Nov. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. The candy must be unopened.

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