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Lincoln Park Dentist Paying Children For Their Halloween Candy

Trick Or Treat

First Posted: 10/19/11 05:11 PM ET Updated: 12/19/11 05:12 AM ET

Want to make sure your child doesn't eat too much candy this Halloween? Consider giving them a financial incentive. That is what one Chicago dental office is doing by paying kids for their "excess" Halloween candy.

Westend Dental, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, will pay trick-or-treaters $1 per pound of Halloween candy, according to a news release from their office.

“Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying," Dr. Matt Zander said in a statement. "Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost. Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.”

Westend Dental says that the "wrong types" of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Westend, located at 1170 West Armitage Avenue, will collect unopened candy November 1 and November 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. The collected sweets will be shipped to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude.

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