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Fight tooth decay with less sugar consumption, more brushing and flossing


While it’s fun to indulge your sweet tooth, too much candy and soda can wreak havoc on your smile.

That’s because certain harmful oral bacteria feed on the sugars in those items, creating acids that destroy the tooth enamel, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Cavities that are not treated early enough can lead to more serious problems requiring treatments such as root canal therapy.

The best defense against cavities?

Good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing, and cutting down on sugar.

With Halloween just around the corner, that might prove to be a tall order.

But The Waters Dental Group hopes to make it a little easier through its ninth annual Halloween candy buyback program called “Save a Tooth, Treat a Troop!”

Dr. John Waters, Dr. Kara Flynn, and The Waters Dental Group staff know the damaging effects too much candy has on teeth. That’s why they are putting their money where their mouths are by paying $1 per pound of unopened candy, up to $5 maximum.

Kids can visit the Sandwich office from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at 420 East Church St., to drop off the candy, which will then be shipped to the troops with the help of Operation Care Package in Manhattan. Oral hygiene care items will also be donated to help the troops take care of their mouths while they enjoy their treats.

In leading this anti-decay movement, kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, but also have the opportunity to share with the troops, and grow their piggy banks. In addition to the cash, each child will receive a flashing toothbrush kit.

The Waters Dental Group

420 E Church Street

Sandwich, IL 60548