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Dentists look to clean up children's mouths after Halloween
Updated: 11/3/2010 3:00:26 PM

Dentists look to clean up children Dental offices are notoriously busy in the days and weeks following Halloween. Brief periods of overindulgence often lead to cavities, gum disease and other dental health problems. However, this year, dentists are fighting back.

Dentists across the country are participating in candy buy-back programs, in which offices pay children for their excess candy. Philadelphia-based dentists Nalin and Arpan Patel recently told Reuters that the candy they collect through the program will be sent to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They said their program is a win-win.

"Not only will it save your teeth, our troops that are serving our country overseas will be able to enjoy a Halloween away from home," the dentists told the news source. "During these hard times, the spirit of giving and helping is needed more than ever."

Millions of children develop cavities each year due to overconsumption of candy around Halloween, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. Parents whose children have developed dental health problems may be able to find affordable treatment options through discount dental plans.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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