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Thief may need significant dental care
Updated: 7/31/2009 7:00:28 PM

Dental care important for kids A recent crime story out of North Carolina may make some smile, but should also serve as a subtle reminder that an overindulgence in candy can lead to poor dental health.

Local police in Cleveland County are looking for a man who allegedly stole more than $800 worth of candy out of a concession stand at Sunset Drive-In.

The thief reportedly gained entry by shooing the door lock with a gun. According to Cleveland County sheriff's detective Mark Craig, the suspect took a total of 120 boxes of chocolate Rasinettes and six cases of Sour Jacks.

Craig told the Star that it was "an interesting crime" and that no one in the department was really sure what someone would do with so much candy.

However, if the department asked a typical child, they may get a different answer.

While an occasional piece of candy is fine, parents interested in maintaining their child's dental health should start a daily routine of teeth cleanings and rinsing with fluoride.

Childhood tooth decay has been called the single most common chronic childhood disease by the American Dental Association. Dentists can help prevent or reduce the incidence of decay by applying sealants to a child's teeth.

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