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A sweet deal for children

Dentists paying cash for candy stash

POSTED: November 2, 2012 12:03 a.m.
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Tiffany Baker, left, and Jennifer Bisig weigh a bag of candy collected during the candy buy-back event Thursday at North Georgia Smiles dentist office. The collected goodies will be donated to military personnel overseas.

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A trick-or-treater’s Halloween haul might be enough candy to eat until next October.

But some dentists offer a different kind of treat to cut down on the sweets.

The fifth annual Halloween candy buy-back at North Georgia Smiles pays $1 per pound of candy brought to the office.

Jennifer Bisig, a dentist at the practice, said the office started the program as a way to take the excess Halloween treats out of local homes.

“Although it’s great for business, candy is, sugar is not great for people’s teeth,” Bisig said. “We like to keep it out of the community if we can.”

The business opened up the collection box Thursday and will continue exchanging candy through 2:30 p.m. today.

Also in Forsyth County, Windermere Dental and Spotlight Dental have collections open, and O’Rourke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wrapped one up Thursday.

Whatever the offices collect is donated to military personnel overseas as part of Operation Gratitude, a nationwide program that expects to ship more than 60,000 holiday care packages this year.

Spotlight Dental will donate its treats to the local nonprofit Food for Thought.

North Georgia Smiles collected an office record of about 700 pounds last year, employee Tiffany Baker said.

About half of the contributors are patients, but several schools and local children also exchange their candy for cash in the program that’s open to anyone, Baker said.

“We also have people who just bring in their leftover candy they were handing out,” she said.

The office works with UPS to ship the candy, which collectively weighs 500-600 pounds, Bisig said.

Kids enjoy donating because they plan to use the cash they receive to buy something for themselves, Bisig said, but parents love the exchange too.

“They’re excited to have a good reason to take their kids candy away,” she said. “A lot of the moms say ‘Yes, now it’s not there for me to eat.’”

 

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