Knoxville dentist office offers money for Halloween candy

Knoxville dentist office offers money for Halloween candy

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Along with helping the troops, they hope this buyback program will also educate the importance of oral health. Along with helping the troops, they hope this buyback program will also educate the importance of oral health.
"At least five children a day have to go to the hospital because they have rampant decay that can't be done in our office," said Robinson. "At least five children a day have to go to the hospital because they have rampant decay that can't be done in our office," said Robinson.
They will give kids $1 for every pound of candy he or she brings in, up to five pounds. They will give kids $1 for every pound of candy he or she brings in, up to five pounds.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A dentist's office in Knoxville is asking children to do something very unusual with the candy they get from trick-or-treating.

They want them to turn it over for some cash. 

"We are going to be hosting our very first Halloween buyback program called Sweet Swap," said Community Outreach Director Sherra Robinson.

The swap will take place at Western Heights Dental located at 801 West Oldham Avenue.

The program is simple. Workers will collect candy on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will give kids $1 for every pound of candy he or she brings in, up to five pounds.
 
All the candy collected will be sent to U.S. troops and the children will get a goody bag with a new toothbrush.

The aim is to teach children about the importance of taking care of their teeth.

"At least five children a day have to go to the hospital because they have rampant decay that can't be done in our office," said Robinson.

Robinson said out of the 1,700 children they see a month, 75% of them have some type of tooth decay. She said most of the decay is seen in children under the age of six.

Along with helping the troops, they hope this buyback program will also educate the importance of oral health.
 
"If you bring it here, it will be great," said dentist L.D. Word. "We will trade if for money, but if you need to have it, make sure to use it in small quantities, and brush after and floss."

This is the first year Western Heights Dental has collected candy for cash. They hope to continue the tradition next year.

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