The Tooth Doctor Partners with Operation Gratitude to sponsor a “Halloween Candy Buy Back” Event to promote dental hygiene and support US Troops.

The Tooth Doctor, a leading provider of quality dental care in Tampa, today announced they are partnering with Operation Gratitude to promote dental hygiene in kids while supporting US troops during the Halloween season. The “Halloween Candy Buy Back” event offers children the opportunity to sell their excess Halloween candy for $1 per pound at The Tooth Doctor office. The candy will be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via its partner, Operation Gratitude.

The Tooth Doctor wants to make proper dental care a part of every family’s Halloween. Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids 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 and damaged braces.

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. We chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program to help parents that want to limit the amount of sugar and teach preventative dental care,” says Dr. Claudia Martinez. “The added benefit is to be a part of supporting our troops serving overseas this holiday season.”

The Tooth Doctor will be shipping candy via Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization that annually produces over 100,000 care packages for U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way. For the past five years, Operation Gratitude, through the Halloween Candy Buy Back initiative, has encouraged dentists to collect Halloween candy from their patients for donation to the troops.

Candy can be dropped off at The Tooth Doctor office in Tampa from Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th during regular office hours. The program is open to all children, regardless of whether they are currently a patient at The Tooth Doctor. All candy must be sealed or wrapped in original packaging.

For more information about The Tooth Doctor and the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program, visit or call us at 813-605-2573.