You’ve scouted the perfect costumes and Halloween night should come and go without a hitch. Except one: what to do with that mountain of candy creeping in your house. We’ve compiled a list of local dentists that offer the promise of cold hard cash (and healthier teeth) by buying back kids’ candy by the pound and sending it to the troops overseas. Read on to find the nearest office where you can make the drop.

Know before you go: Prior to lugging your haul to one of the below dental practices, give them a ring first or check their website for specific buy-back hours and dates.

candygirlphoto: clappstar via flickr

North County

Curtis L. Chan, DDS
12835 Pointe Del Mar Way #3
Del Mar, CA 92014
When: Nov. 10, 3p.m.- 7 p.m.

First Tooth Pediatric Dentistry
2775 Via De La Valle, Suite 103
Del Mar, CA 92014
When: Nov. 1-10

The Brush Stop
7720 Rancho Santa Fe Rd #215
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: 760-635-5995


Dr. Ida Alfonso DMD
5814 Van Allen Way #205
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: 760-931-0144

Tom Keller Pediatric Dentistry
500 Second Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-635-3478

Warner Pediatric Dental
1443 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
When: Nov. 1, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Valle Verde Pediatrics
15525 Pomerado Road
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-487-8333

Dr. Curtis McRae
3601 Vista Way, Ste. 205
Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: 760-757-5057

Hidden Valley Orthodontics
230 W. 3rd Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: 760-317-9590

Cherisse Loo DDS
976 Vista Village Drive
Vista, CA 92084
Phone: 760-726-0702

Han Orthodontics
122 Civic Center Drive, Ste.104
Vista, CA 92084
Phone: 760-726-4790

Braces by Garcia
40285 Winchester Road, Suite 101
Temecula, CA 92592
When: Nov. 1- 8

Smile951 – Shawn P. Pesh, DDS, MS
31537 Rancho Pueblo Rd #205
Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 951-698-8200



photo: Dr. Daniel Travelle

San Diego

Smiles by Design San Diego
11835 Carmel Mountain Rd. Ste. 1306
San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: 858-485-5552

San Diego Dentistry Studio
11610 Iberia Pl, Ste 202
San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: 858-451-2555

Scripps Pediatric Dentistry
9840 Hibert St. B4
San Diego, CA 92131
When: Nov. 1-10

La Jolla Dental Care
7737 Herschel Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-3221

Truly Yours Family Dental
6280 Jackson Dr. #3
San Diego, CA 92119
Phone: 619-461-7700

Elite Pediatric Dentistry
16918 Dove Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: 858-451-5400

Scripps Poway Orthodontics
12112 Scripps Summit Drive, Ste. F
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 858-527-0090

Mark Haeger, DDS
6244 El Cajon Blvd. Ste. 6
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: 619-583-2191

Apple Dental
1540 Fern St.
San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: 619-236-9549

Carmel Mountain Dental Care
9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste. A
San Diego, CA 92129
Phone: 858-484-4880


Photo: Little Pearls Kids Dentistry

South Bay

Milberg Orthodontics
1001 B Avenue Suite #101
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: 619-299-3560

Coronado Pediatric Dentistry
875 Orange Ave, Suite 210
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: 619-435-6655

East County

Lake Murray Family Dental Care
6080 Lake Murray Blvd., Ste. B
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-460-0911

Marey Stone & Cathy Schlaht DDS
8077 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-465-8077

Insider’s Tip: All Super Dentist Locations throughout the county will also be buying back candy. For every pound, one dollar goes to kids’ schools and one dollar to local charity Classics4Kids rather than individuals. Pick up collection tubs before Halloween and bring back to any Super Dentist by Nov. 4.

Are you trying a Halloween candy-buy back this year? Are there other dentists we should add to our list? Leave our community your feedback below!

—Cherie Gough