Idaho Dentist Trying To Buy Back Kids’ Halloween Candy

by Jennifer Shea
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It’s a rough time of year for dentists, who have to sit around and watch kids rot their teeth with sacks full of high-fructose confections. But one dentist is fighting back.

A dentist in Meridian, Idaho is offering to buy back local children’s Halloween candy, waging a valiant but uphill battle against tooth decay.

Dr. Scott Grant of Grant Dental is once again holding the Candy Buy Back program, Idaho’s CBS2 reports. Here’s how it works: kids show up at his office with their Halloween candy, and Dr. Grant gives them cash to take the candy off their hands.

Dr. Grant is offering a dollar per pound of candy that kids bring in. He’s even giving out dollar coins and gift cards from local businesses as prizes.

Children are invited to show off their costumes when they bring the candy into his office, which is at 2275 S. Eagle Road, Suite 140 in Meridian.

Dentist Is Trying to Reduce the Amount of Candy That Kids Have Sitting Around

Since he launched the program, Dr. Grant estimates he has bought back nearly one ton of candy.

“We exchange every pound of candy,” Dr. Grant told CBS2. “So a kid will bring in a pound of candy, we give them a dollar for every pound that they bring in. We also have a fun wheel that we’ll spin and they can earn prizes. So it’s a really fun exchange and it helps reduce the amounts of candy kids have at home.”

The dentist is now also working with a nonprofit, Operation Gratitude, which delivers care packages to soldiers. This year, the Candy Buy Back program has an extra goal: to send letters and some candy to troops stationed overseas.

“We love getting together with the kids, having them bring in their costumes, watching them write letters to the troops, and just have a great time with the kids and watching the joy that can come from giving,” Dr. Grant told CBS2.

Kids who show up at Dr. Grant’s office can also get a free toothbrush and toothpaste, coupons for free meals and freebies from the likes of Big Al’s (a bowling alley, arcade and sports bar), the Boise Hawks (the local Pioneer League baseball team) and Defy Boise (a nearby trampoline park).

Dr. Grant will also be giving out some prizes for most candy contributed and best costumes.

The Candy Buy Back program runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.