Dentists all over the U.S. bought back Halloween Candy

2Dentists from different states have all been busy after the Halloween’s trick-or-treat night. They encourage children to share their chocolates and candy bars to U.S. troops overseas.

Actually, this initiative by the dentists is expected to hit two birds with one stone – aside from sending gifts to those in service, it will also lessen the candy consumption of children during this candy-eating season.

“It helps get the candy away from the kids and the parents and helps reduce cavities and obesity,” explains Dr. Danny King of Children’s Dental Zone in Alpharetta.

Dr. King’s office has been doing this for four years now. He says that kids are actually participating in the program and that last year, they were able to collect 300 pounds of chocolate and candy bars. Their office trades a $1 per pound candy and up to $3 per person.

Dentists all over the U.S. send their candy to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends out care packages to U.S. soldiers oversears, along with other dental hygiene supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash.

“When we heard about Operation Gratitude, we immediately knew it would be a great way to support our troops overseas while promoting good dental hygiene and healthy teeth,” Dr. Haleigh Blackwell of Pearly White Dentistry in Alabama said.

This program started in 2007 with 300 participating dentists from all over the U.S. On their first year, 20,000 pounds of chocolate and candy bars were collected and given to Operation Gratitude. By 2011, around a thousand dentists were involved collecting up to 250,000 pounds of sweets. They were giving out cash, coupons, toys or dental products in exchange of the contributed candy products.

Operation Gratitude aimed to collect 100,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste sets to be sent with the chocolate and candy bars this 2012. The organization also encourages everyone to include a letter with their candy donations to include moral support in the packages to be mailed for the soldiers.