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Long Island dentists 'buy back' kids' Halloween candy

Some dental offices around Long Island are offering

Some dental offices around Long Island are offering cold, hard cash for your kids' Halloween stash. (Nov. 2, 2011) (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

So your ghouls and goblins, police officers and princesses have tricked and treated and loaded up on enough junk to open up their own small candy store. But before they make plans to replace regular meals with chocolate, gum and lollipops, they should know that they may be able to save their teeth, and make some money, by selling their Halloween haul at their dentist’s office.

Offering toothbrushes, coupons and sometimes cash, many local dentists are participating in a “Halloween Candy Buy Back” program which not only helps to promote dental health but cuts down on children bouncing off the walls from the sugar rush, thus saving parents' nerves everywhere. See, a win-win!

To find out if your dentist, or one nearby, is participating in the program check out this link: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/search-results.html. Be sure to call before making the trip for hours of participation and to check whether there are any limits on candy that can be redeemed.

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Another program to help get rid of the Halloween stash is Operation Gratitude, which sends more than 100,000 care packages annually to U.S. troops stationed overseas and to their children left behind, as well as to veterans. This program accepts donations of unopened candy and asks that you separate and mark "chocolate" versus "non-chocolate" packages. Kids are encouraged to include letters and pictures. The website contains shipping info and deadlines. 

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