In popular culture, dentists either have two reactions to Halloween. They either hate it, as giving out free, sugary candy to kids represents everything they represent, or the sadistically love the holiday because of all the extra work it gives them. There is no in-between. Of course, real life might keep things complicated.
I think the one toothbrush is a fixed rate, but you can always use more than one…
One dentist in Hoboken has a special plan to help save children from themselves and their own candy gluttony with a special plan: trading their candy for money. Lucas Dental, on Bloomfield Street, as lead by Dr. Robin Lucas, has dubbed the idea the Candy Buy-Back program. Kids can win five dollars and a toothbrush for every five pounds of candy they give to the dentist. Kids should make sure that what they bring in is pretty heavy since there is no official weighing system. According to The New York Post, “We don’t weigh it, we just hold it up in the air and say, ‘This seems like five pounds,’” explained Lucas in a statement.
Wait, don’t dentists usually give away free toothbrushes?
Now, despite the reputation dentists have when it comes to candy, the sugary, tooth-rotting sweets are not sent to the furnace. In fact, they are saved for a good cause. They are sent to troops deployed overseas, specifically through local bases. “It’s a win-win-win situation,” Lucas added, “The parents win, the kids win and our troops win.”
Reportedly, Lucas was inspired by her own children to create the program, as they had a similar program at their school. “They came home from school five years ago and showed me a flyer,” she explained, adding, “Someone else had already been collecting candy and sending it to different branches of the service.” One similar concept in the Halloween mascot, the Switch Witch, which supposedly gives children presents in exchange for offerings of candy.