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Local dentist plans to host 'candy buy-back'

SPRINGFIELD -- One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Dr. Laura Gramse's office, located at 2194 Wilbraham Rd. in Springfield, and receive $1 per pound. Gramse is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars, flashing toothbrushes and a free kid's meal coupon to Leone's Restaurant in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. "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," Dr. Gramse said. "Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well." Candy will be collected at the office Nov. 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to troops overseas. Kids are encouraged to come in their costumes and we will also have a special area designated for writing thank you letters to our troops. For more information, call 783-6907, or visit www.drlaura-gramse.com.

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