Advanced Pediatric Dentistry’s first Halloween Candy Giveback brought in 40 pounds of candy on Tuesday.

The event gave area children a chance to trade in unopened Halloween candy for tickets to enter a drawing for a new bicycle. Mariah White,  8, took home that prize.

“People have been interested in it, but this is our first year, so we weren’t sure what to expect,” office manager Mellissa Renner said Tuesday. “I think it’s gone pretty well. We’re hoping each year we can get more and more people.”

All turned in candy will be donated to “Operation Gratitude” to be added to care packages for U.S. military troops serving overseas. Renner said she will send the donations to the organization in the next couple of weeks.

For parents and children keeping Halloween candy at home, Advanced Pediatric Dentistry staff also had a few recommendations.

“If you’re going to eat it, chocolate is best (for your teeth),” Renner said. “The worst are Sugar Daddy, carmels, Jujubes because they take the longest to dissolve. It sticks to teeth unless you brush if off, so make sure you brush your teeth.”

The office plans to make the giveback an annual event.

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