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British stores get rid of candy to promote dental health
Updated: 11/29/2011 7:00:13 PM

The borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is asking shop owners in their town to remove candy from their check-out counters, in the hopes of discouraging people to buy last minute sweets that may contribute to tooth decay. Tooth decay is a major problem which can potentially lead to gum disease or individuals losing their teeth. Dentists have been working for decades to encourage proper oral health habits, which include eating foods that are beneficial to the body as well as the teeth, while laying off the sweets. One town in England has recently decided to take a dramatic step when it comes to improving the health of their children's teeth.

The borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is asking shop owners in their town to remove candy from their check-out counters, in the hopes of discouraging people to buy last minute sweets that may contribute to tooth decay. This comes after a study found that children in this area are experiencing tooth decay far more than kids in the rest of the country.

Furthermore, the Hammersmith and Fulham Council has agreed to launch a campaign in the area that will encourage proper oral care. The organization will also consider adding fluoride to the water, as many other cities in the country have already done so. One town that has added fluoride to the water saw a 40 percent reduction in tooth decay.

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