Too much Halloween Candy? Charlotte Dentists Collect Treats for Troops

Too much Halloween Candy? Charlotte Dentists Collect Treats for Troops

Parents can stifle the sugar rush this Halloween and support U.S. troops at the same time. Charlotte area dentists are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, in which they collect the treats to send to troops overseas.

Several Charlotte-area dental practices are joining the nationwide effort to spread the sugary wealth and encourage children's dental health.

Dr. Chris Kammer of Middleton, Wisconsin, started the Halloween candy trade-in program in 2005 in hopes of reducing childhood tooth decay and obesity, while also brightening the day of U.S. service members who would enjoy a holiday treat.

The candy buy back encourages dentists to pay $1 per pound of donated Halloween candy, or use coupons and prizes to trade with children grasping buckets of Halloween loot.

The dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude, which sorts it and packages it to be shipped to U.S. service members stationed overseas.

Since its inception, the Halloween Candy Buyback has collected more than 130 tons of candy to be sent to troops around the world.

Where to trade-in Halloween candy in Charlotte

Here are some of the Charlotte-area dentist offices taking part this year:

Southpark Pediatric Dentistry
2700 Coltsgate Road Suite 204, Charlotte
(704) 749-5700

University Pediatric Dentistry
2325 West Arbors Drive Suite 104, Charlotte
(704) 688-1664

Kari Langley, DMD Family Dentistry
10720 S. Tryon St. Suite H, Charlotte
(704) 583-0966

Gaston Family Health Services Pediatric Dentistry
890 Summit Crossing Place, Gastonia
(704) 874-0377

Smiles By Design
1096 Assembly Drive Suite 216, Fort Mill, SC

Evan G. Long, DDS
5641 Poplar Tent Road, Concord
(704) 795-2300

Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
411 Billingsley Rd, Charlotte
(704) 377-3687

Emele Ferrara, DDS
1720 Abbey Place, Charlotte

Crawford & Colvin, DDS
16525 Birkdale Commons Pkwy. Suite 300, Huntersville
(704) 895-5850

Northeast Pediatric Dentistry
11223 Da Vinci Drive, Davidson
(704) 895-6445

Charles D. Payet, DDS, PA
4601 Park Rd. #175, Charlotte
(704) 364-7069

Webb Orthodontics
2915 Coltsgate Rd. Ste 102, Charlotte
(704) 364-7343

Belmont Pediatric Dentistry
420 Park Street Suite 101, Belmont
(704) 749-5700

Murdock Orthodontics
8390 Charlotte Highway Suite 100, Indian Land, S.C.
(803) 548-3232

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