‘Candy Crush’ Not So Sweet for Everyone

FeatureThe Facebook game “Candy Crush” has been sweeping the nation, and a Florida dentist says that has him sweeping his floors.

Dr. Hardy Bitman treats a patient who still enjoys sweets the old-fashioned way.
Dr. Hardy Bitman treats a patient who still enjoys sweets the old-fashioned way.

Dr. Hardy Bitman, dentist and co-owner of Orange County Chompers Dental Clinic, said the popular game, in which players must line up three like pieces of candy in order to advance to the next level, has started to affect his business, and not in a sweet way.

Bitman claims that with the rise of youngsters viewing candy as something to destroy, people are starting to cut back on sweets, and that means big financial losses for his practice.

With the rise of youngsters viewing candy as something to destroy, people are starting to cut back on sweets.

“We used to see about 275 to 300 patients a week for fillings or routine checkups. Now I am lucky to see 80 to 100. ‘Candy Crush’ has desensitized people to eating candy. They’ve become so focused on crushing it, they no longer eat it. That means money,” he said.

Candy Crush Saga: Crushing human souls and dental practices, one addict at a time.
Candy Crush Saga: Crushing human souls and dental practices, one addict at a time.

Bitman stated that he has had to lay off his cleaning staff and now spends an hour to an hour and a half cleaning his own office each evening, including sweeping the floors and emptying the trash.

“I didn’t take on $90k in student loans to become a maid,” he stated.

Bitman has started a petition to have Facebook remove the app and is offering free dental floss to anyone who drops by his office to sign it.

“I have six children. That’s 192 teeth I have to put through college,” he said.

The other four of five dentists at Orange County Chompers could not be reached for comment.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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