WMSN FOX 47
 

Jeff Angileri
Oct 29, 2008, 8:44 PM


When it comes to children's teeth, Halloween is often the scariest time of year.

A rush of sugar, in just a couple of hours.

A Middleton dentist has found a creative way to take candy off the streets and send it where it can do some good.

He's hoping hundreds of kids will change their Halloween chant from trick or treat to trick or cash.

It isn't easy for a 6-year-old to hand over her Halloween candy, but Dasia Ray has a good reason to sacrifice.

I feel good that it goes to the troops, she said.

Every piece of candy she parts with is headed overseas to American troops stationed in Iraq.

Dentistry is really taking back Halloween with an event like this, said Dr. Chris Kammer.

For the third year in a row, Kammer is paying kids a dollar for every pound of candy they bring in.

There's usually way too much candy to be consumed, said Kammer. No child needs to eat 4 pounds of candy.

Kammer hopes to collect 1,000 pounds of candy. All of it will go to local troops deployed overseas.

It really didn't hit me how important it was to send it to the troops until we received pictures back from Iraq, Kammer said.

Besides bringing candy, kids are encouraged to write notes and decorate cards for our men and women in uniform.

Its something the Army Reserve say raises troop morale.

It makes them feel tremendously grateful that somebody is thinking about them from home, even if they don't know that individual soldier, said Nicole Peltier, and Army Reserve Family Services Assistant.

Besides brightening a soldier's day, Kammer says the candy buy back gets rid of the Halloween sugar rush.

A little bit of candy once in a while is not so bad, but the continual consumption creates acidic conditions in the mouth that continue to eat away at the enamel, he said.

And when you're dressing as a celebrity for Halloween, like Dasia, who'll be Hannah Montana, you need a winning smile.

There is a 5 pound candy limit per person. If you're planning on saving some candy for yourself, best advice is to keep the chocolate. It's still pretty hot in the middle east, and chocolate tends to melt.

The Halloween candy buy back is happening Saturday at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Middleton, from 11am to 2pm.