If your kids are Halloween enthusiasts they probably have pounds and pounds of candy this morning. But one local dental office is willing to take some of that off of your hands to give it to someone in need.
Carrie Parr, the HR manager at Lincoln Family Dentistry, said for the second year they are participating in Operation Gratitude's candy buyback program. They send the purchased candy to soldiers overseas. And this year, there's an added treat.
"They also have an opportunity this year which is something new that we're doing where they can either draw a picture or write a letter to the soldiers overseas and that will actually go over in the care packages," said Parr.
Parr said you can take your candy to any of the 3 Lincoln Family Dentistry locations in the sidebar of this story.
Parr said this time of year is when your teeth are at the most risk.
She said all that candy, especially the sticky kind sits on teeth can cause cavities, while other harder candies can crack and break teeth. But she says it doesn't mean you can't eat any.
"We just really like to encourage everything's good in moderation so take some treats for yourself and that's okay," she said.
Parr said chocolate candy is the best because it doesn't stick to teeth. She recommends rinsing with water after you eat candy, and making sure kids brush really well if they have candy.