Auburn dentist: I’ll pay cash for candy

Posted Oct. 26, 2011, at 7:39 a.m.
Dentist Rose Sheline of Center Street Dental in Auburn will buy Halloween candy from children for $1 per pound. The candy will be shipped to U.S. troops.
Jose Leiva | Sun Journal
Dentist Rose Sheline of Center Street Dental in Auburn will buy Halloween candy from children for $1 per pound. The candy will be shipped to U.S. troops.

AUBURN, Maine — Go on, trick or treat. Just don’t eat.

On Nov. 1, dentist Rose Sheline will pay schoolchildren $1 per pound to turn over their Halloween loot. She’ll give the child’s school 50 cents per pound. Then, she’ll ship the candy off to U.S. troops.

“Everybody’s so excited,” Sheline said. “I’m expecting at least hundreds of kids, maybe 500 pounds (of candy).”

Sheline believes it’s the area’s first Halloween candy buyback. She knows dentists out West who similarly open their doors post-Halloween. Sheline went to dental school in California and moved to Auburn one year ago, buying Center Street Dental.

Her staff contacted local principals to spread the word. The buyback is open to children in Lewiston, Auburn and surrounding towns.

“The No. 1 disease in the country is dental disease,” Sheline said. “It’s the hardest disease to control. I can’t tell anyone to stop drinking soda, stop eating chocolate. It’s giving up something that is really good.”

But not good for you.

“You eat a lot of candies, it’s bad for your teeth,” Sheline said.

She’ll open the office from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Staff has a scale at the ready. Details on how she’ll get the candy to men and women in uniform are being firmed up.

No matter how many former princesses and pirates turn out, she’ll do it again next year.

“Before they leave, they get a little dental bag with a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and a tongue cleaner,” Sheline said.

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