Dentists Buy Back Halloween Candy for Troops

Collected candy will be shipped to U.S. Military overseas.

Do you have too much Halloween candy around the house after last night's trick-or-treating?

Parents and children can get rid of some of the excess sugar coming in around the holiday and earn some money in the process, all while giving back to U.S. Military servicemen and women deployed overseas.

Local dentists participating in Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to members of the military, will buy back residents' Halloween candy and ship it in holiday care packages to troops overseas. In return, children receive cash and toothbrushes. According to the program's website, most dentist's offices pay $1 per pound of candy.

For 2012, the program has also launched a promotion for donors to give goodie bags with tooth brushes and toothpaste, so service members can stay cavity-free, too.

Operation Gratitude has sent upward of 800,000 care packages to troops since it was founded in 2003. Last year, the program shipped 125 tons of candy to troops.

Here are those offices participating within 5 miles of Vienna, but you can click here and input your ZIP Code to find a participating dentist near you. Parents are encouraged to call dentist's offices to confirm participation.

Aesthetic Dental Spa
8233 Old Courthouse Rd, Suite 160
Vienna, VA, 22182
Phone: 703-827-8282
Email: drnaini@aestheticdentalspa.net

Fairfax Corner Ortho/Pedo
4210 Fairfax Corner
Fairfax, VA, 22030
Phone: (703) 424-7678
Email: fcorthopedo@gmail.com

Let's Smile!
4210 Fairfax Corner Ave, Suite 245
Fairfax, VA, 22030
Phone: (703) 424-7678
Email: michellew@yesbraces.com

JPD Dental, PLLC
10680 Main Street, Suite 150
Fairfax, VA, 22030
Phone: (703) 385-4569
Email: contact@jamieparkdds.com

Pediatric Dentistry of Reston
1984 Isaac Newton Sq
Reston, Va, 20190
Phone: (703) 435-1500
Email: nedakalan@yahoo.com

Reston Serenity Smiles
11717 Bowman Green Drive
Reston, VA, 20190
Phone: (571) 313-8415
Email: info@restonserenitysmiles.com

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