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Good dental health can benefit soldiers
Updated: 10/22/2009 3:00:40 PM

Good dental health can benefit soldiers Dentists have been promoting good dental health through Halloween candy buy-backs for the last few years, and one practice in New Jersey has put its own spin on the concept.

Dr Bill Greenberg and his team in Mount Holly have decided to buy candy back from children under the age of 13 this Halloween for $1 per pound. Then, all the candy that is collected will be shipped overseas to American servicemen and women who aren't going to be around for the holiday this year.

It is important for parents to keep an eye on how much candy their children eat because unlike most adults, some kids don't know how quickly they can damage their teeth by having too much sugar.

Since many trick-or-treaters finish their candy collecting in the evening, they begin eating sweets right before bedtime. Falling asleep after having eaten candy and forgetting to brush can lead to tooth decay because sugar turns to acid in the mouth. This acid is what hurts the enamel that protects teeth, and the damage is irreversible.

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