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Local dentist takes a stand against sweets this Halloween

One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is."

This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Alexandria Smiles in Aleandria and receive $1 per pound (up to five pounds). Dr. Erick Nolting is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

"Ditch the candy. That's what we're saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost," said Nolting. "Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well."

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2 percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids' teeth are being cared for more than ever.

Candy, as well as hurting children's teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces, Nolting said.

Candy will be collected at Alexandria Smiles on November 1 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 3 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to troops overseas.

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