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October 25, 2005 > Orthodontist makes Halloween a treat

Orthodontist makes Halloween a treat

by Mekala Raman

"Trick or treat?" Adults and children all around the country are gearing up to answer this familiar chime with bushels of candy and chocolate to appease the never-ending appetites of witches, goblins, and Disney princesses. People all over town are making the final touches on their costumes in preparation for Halloween. However, dentists all over town are making the final touches on their tools to prepare for the dreaded weeks that follow this day of gorging on the maximum (and sometimes more) amount of candy.

Orthodontist Bobby Shemirani has devised a way to save children and dentists from ruined teeth without robbing them of the fun of trick-or-treating. For the past three years he has conducted the "Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back," in which he pays people for turning in their Halloween candy; he pays one dollar per pound of sweets. He will also match all the money he pays for the candy and donate this amount to a charity organization. Previously, he has donated the money to Make A Wish Foundation and League of Volunteers. This year he has decided to donate to the American Cancer Society as several of his patients have been affected by cancer. He has also decided to send the candy he collects to the troops in Iraq, as they are not able to go trick-or-treating and cannot collect candy.

With this program Shemirani wants to provide a fun and healthy way for people to donate to charities so that everyone feels rewarded. "Candy is bad for your teeth," he says, "so if I pay people to turn in their candy, they can use the money for something more useful."

This year, the program takes place on November 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome to donate candy to this cause. You do not have to be Dr. Shemirani's patient to donate your candy, however, November 2 is the only day his lobby will be open to the public for donations. Clients are allowed to turn in their candy throughout the month of November. He plans to continue this project every year. Turn in your candy to Dr. Shemirani at 3705 Beacon Ave., #100, Fremont. For more information you can call (510) 793 - 9025.

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