By Patti Roth
Various orthodontists and dentists in South Florida offer youngsters rewards for swapping out their leftover loot from trick-or-treating.
Some of the dentists dole out dollars, often $1 or $2 a pound, for the sugary snacks. Others issue non-monetary incentives.
The Halloween Candy Buyback is a national event. The dropped-off sweets are forwarded to an organization that includes them in packages for military personnel overseas.
Participating dentists and orthodontists set their own rules for when they accept Halloween drop offs, and what they provide in exchange. Some dentists also offer the kids free toothbrushes.
In addition to treats for the troops, some dentists, including pediatric dentist Marisabel Olivera of Journey Kids Dental in Fort Lauderdale, encourage youngsters to drop off notes or drawings for the military.
Dentists involved with Halloween Candy Buyback are featured on the website.
These are some of the participating offices in South Florida.
- Brian P. Rask, 1 NE 23rd Ave, Suite 2, Pompano Beach, 954-782-1864, $2 a pound, November 2 to November 11 , Mondays to Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- SmileBrighteners, 7752 W. Commercial Blvd., Lauderhill, 954-741-4500, $2 a pound, November 2 to November 15, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Journey Kids Dental, 4800 NE 20th Terrace suite 301, Fort Lauderdale, 954-727-9865, $1 a pound up to $5, November 7 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Fara Bender, 6169 Jog Road, #B-5 Lake Worth, 561-433-5544, $1 a pound up to 5 pounds, November 2 to November 6
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