To help celebrate October as National Orthodontic Health Month, Smiles Change Lives (SCL), Kansas City, Mo, is seeking orthodontic practices interested in sponsoring a candy exchange event to give kids a healthy alternative to eating all thecandy they collect for Halloween.

According to SCL, hosting a candy exchange will help an orthodontist promote children’s orthodontic health awareness; educate the community about the negative impact of sweets; support a charity that helps disadvantaged kids; and market his or her practice to potential new patients

To download a 2010 CandyExchange Event Guide that will equip your practice with the tools to host a successful event, click here

SCL is also hosting a webinar that will include tips and tricks from 4 years of experience planning these events. The webinar will include a 45-minute presentation by SCL staff, with 15 minutes for questions and answers. “How to Host a Successful, Fun, and Stress-Free Smiles Change Lives Candy Exchange Event” will take place on Tuesday, August 3, at 2 PM Central Time.

To register for the webinar, click here or RSVP by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (816) 421-4949. A link with all webinar details will be e-mailed to you prior to the date.

When you are ready to become an offical Candy Exchange site, just fax page 14 of the event guide to (816) 421-3008, and SCL will send you a link to resources, templates, and samples.

Supporting the SCL Candy Exchange will help SCL reach more children who need braces but whose families cannot afford to pay. SCL now serves all 50 states.