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Lima Road Dentistry buys back Halloween Candy

Dentists at Lima Road Dentistry are buying back Halloween candy for a dollar a pound. The candy will be sent to troops in Afghanistan.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 6:03 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2018 6:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Dentists at Lima Road Dentistry are buying back Halloween candy for a dollar a pound.

"We have a special prize this year for the heaviest bag and we just started collecting today and have a surprising amount already," said Dentist Hal Atkinson.

It's a good way to help kids avoid obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, but the candy will be sent in care packages to troops.

"We ship it to Afghanistan or wherever. We do need addresses of individuals in Afghanistan so we can ship it directly to them. We can't ship it to a base, it has to be more specific," said Atkinson.

Atkinson says any kind of sticky candy is not good for your teeth.

"It gets stuck in between the teeth and then it causes these microbes call streptococcus to grow and that's what causes the cavities. That's what we give away to our troops because we send a toothbrush and floss along with it so it's not like we're dooming them to lots of cavities."

Friday, November 2nd candy buyback times are from 7:00 a.m. to noon and Monday November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Atkinson says they've gotten several pounds of candy in previous years.

"I think the record is 347 (pounds) and then there were some years it was 70 or 90 or something like that, so it varies quite a bit."

The candy will arrive mid-December.

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