South Jersey Dentist Practice Trades Candy for Cash, Donates Treats to Troops

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -

Halloween is a living daydream for kids and a nightmare for dentists.

“The day after Halloween is usually our busiest day of the year,” said Dr. Zuhair Savany of Dentistry for Special People. “We have patients coming in and you ask them ‘How was Halloween?’ and they say ‘Great! We got all of this candy.’ Usually, they’re coming in for an emergency the next day because they’ve been eating candy all night.”

After hearing parents complaining about leftover candy following Halloween, and the dental problems that stem from the sugar-coated holiday, one dentist office in South Jersey has found a way to drill into the problem — buying the candy.

Buying the candy.

“The children come into our office,” said Savany. “It has to be unopened, unused candy. We package it up, the children can write a card or draw a picture for the troops.”

The ones that are the most damaging are the ones that are sticky and chewy, and things that are really acidic and the things that are really hard.

For every pound of candy donated, the kids receive one dollar.

The treats get reboxed and sent to Operation Gratitude, which sends all of the treats overseas to soldiers.

“Number one, it helps boost their morale, and number two, it actually helps them distribute the candy to the children wherever they are located,” said Savany.

Last year, the dentist said the office collected more than 300 pounds of candy.

And while their main goal is to give back to the troops, it helps get the candy out of the house and out of little mouths.

“A child is a child, you’re not going to tell them you can never eat candy the rest of your life,” said Savany. “But the goal is to limit it. The ones that are the most damaging are the ones that are sticky and chewy, and things that are really acidic and the things that are really hard.”

With offices in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, the two locations will be taking in candy from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on on Saturday, November 4th.

Watch: Boscov's Promotes Halloween Candy Exchange for Children


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