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Local orthodontist buys back Halloween candy to save braces, support community

MARYSVILLE — Local orthodontist Dr. Jason Bourne will be bringing back his Halloween candy buy-back program for the ninth year this November.

Bourne will pay $4 for each pound of Halloween candy surrendered to his office in Suite 3 at 815 State Ave. on Nov. 6, 8, 12 and 14. Two of those dollars will go to the child, and the other two dollars will be donated to the local Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA.

Last year, Bourne Orthodontics collected more than 1,400 pounds of Halloween candy, allowing them to donate more than $2,800.

The donated candy is then sent to American troops serving overseas, local homeless shelters and humanitarian groups for trips to Africa.

Since its inception, the Bourne Orthodontics Halloween candy buy-back program has donated nearly $13,000 and 6,400 pounds of candy.

"We love this program because the kids still get to have fun trick-or-treating, plus they get money and save their teeth," Bourne said. "When we can give back to our community and the troops, it's a lot of fun."

Halloween candy can contribute to tooth decay, and some candy can even damage orthodontic patients' braces. Bourne helps kids avoid injury to their braces and teeth by buying back Halloween candy. Bourne explained that some candies are permissible for orthodontic patients, including plain chocolate and soft, chocolate-covered peanut butter cups. However, he cautioned that patients should brush and floss thoroughly after indulging in treats with high sugar content.

Bourne noted that the days immediately following Halloween are usually an orthodontist's busiest time of year for emergency calls. He hopes that his candy buy-back program will cut down on orthodontic emergencies and tooth decay, while helping children, especially those wearing braces, enjoy the holiday.

Bourne Orthodontics can be contacted in Marysville at 360-659-0211. There is a limit of 25 pounds per person with this offer.

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