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Local dentists participate in Operation Gratitude to buy-back Halloween candy

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Kids will bring lots of goodies home from trick-or-treating on Halloween, but instead of letting them get a sugar high from all that candy, there are places they can trade some of it in, or even get some money back for it.

Dr. Greg Killian, with Killian Dental Clinic in Middleton, says his office is participating in a candy buy-back program for Operation Gratitude. Dr. Killian says kids can bring their candy into the office, have it weighed, and will get paid a dollar a pound.

"Then we will box that candy, send it to Operation Gratitude out in California, where volunteers will ship it back overseas, along with floss, toothpaste, other oral hygiene products that are useful to our soldiers," Dr Killian said. "And along with that we will also be sending tens of thousands of beanie babies, which soldiers then can distribute worldwide into the country that they are deployed."

Dr. Killian said it's important to make sure kids are getting regular dental checkups, fluoride treatments, and daily oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing.

"America has an incredibly large sweet tooth, it always will, and our big concern as a dental profession of course continues to be the correlation between over consumption of sweets and dental decay," Dr. Killian. 

To find a participating dentist or business, click here.

Dr. Killian joined us on 27 News at 5 on Thursday.

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