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Local dentist encourages kids to donate candy for troops

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 Patrick Capp, DDS, PC Dental Office in West Fargo and receive $1 per pound. All candy collected will be sent to troops serving overseas through Operation Gratitude.

"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 Capp. "Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks and our troops will benefit as well."

Global sugar consumption for kid's 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.

Candy will be collected at Capp's office, located at 105 13th Ave. E., on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to Operation Gratitude to be shipped to the troops.