Cash for candy | Truckee Pediatric Dentistry takes a stand against sweets |

Cash for candy | Truckee Pediatric Dentistry takes a stand against sweets

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – What’s a ghost’s favorite candy? BOO-ble gum!

Truckee Pediatric Dentistry is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Truckee Pediatric Dentistry and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Matthew Gustafsson and his team are leading this anti-cavity movement by giving away money and toothbrushes in exchange for unopened candy. This candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude, to be sent to men and women in the military.

“Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventive measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” said Dr. Gustafsson. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.” Parents may also be excited about the opportunity to get rid of the candy stockpiles that can last for weeks after Halloween.

The Halloween Candy Buyback program is meant to encourage children to exchange their excess candy for a modest monetary reward, a toothbrush, and an opportunity to win a $50 Target gift card. Additionally, the program teaches children about service and giving back. Our men and women in uniform especially enjoy receiving packages from home during the holidays. Last year, 122,000 pounds of candy was collected and sent to the troops. Halloween candy is a visible reminder of home, lifts morale and brings a smile to their faces knowing children are thoughtful enough to donate candy to show their support.

Global sugar consumption for children increases by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kid’s teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces. Candy will be collected Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, 11253 Brockway Road, Ste. 205, Truckee on Nov. 2 only, 3:30-5 p.m. The candy must be unopened. Please no bites! It will then be shipped to our troops overseas.

Dr. Gustafsson is a board certified pediatric dentist dedicated to preventing dental disease among children in the Tahoe/Truckee region. Call 530-550-9311, or visit Truckee Pediatric Dentistry at More information on the candy buy back program is available on their Facebook page.

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