Matthew T. Kingston, DMD
Healthy Smiles Dental - Matthew T. Kingston, DMD

Healthy Smiles Dental at Woods Edge Plaza
144 S. Centerville Rd. at Columbia Ave. • Lancaster, PA


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National Program Sends Candy to U.S. Active-Duty Troops

LANCASTER, PA - (October 10, 2011) - Lancaster dentist Dr. Matthew T. Kingston and the Healthy Smiles Dental team will offer a new way to recycle the excess Halloween candy that can lead to kids' cavities, and it's a solution families can take to the bank.

Healthy Smiles Dental is partnering this fall with the national Halloween Candy Buy Back program, which lets trick-or-treaters trade in their excess candy for cash. The collected candy will be sent to U.S. Military personnel serving overseas through Operation Gratitude.

This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to the Healthy Smiles Dental office in the Woods Edge Plaza in Lancaster and receive $1 per pound in exchange for their loot. Each participating child will also receive a gift certificate for a free child's meal from The Apple Tree Family Restaurant. Healthy Smiles Dental will have supplies on hand for children to write a note to a service person, which will be sent along with the candy.

"Families want their children to enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating, but many are at a loss what to do when they wind up with more candy than they want children to consume," Dr. Kingston observed. "We think this program offers a terrific solution to this annual dilemma, and it's a win-win for our troops, as well," he said.

"Parents know that daily brushing and flossing, combined with twice-a-year visits to the dentist, will help limit the onset of cavities. But limiting excess sweets can go a long way to preventing tooth decay, as well as to establishing dietary habits that can help over a child's lifetime," Dr. Kingston remarked. "In addition to its role in promoting cavities, too much candy can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. Some types of candy can also result in broken teeth and damaged braces," he added.

Unopened candy will be collected at Healthy Smiles Dental on Tuesday, November 1 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., on Wednesday, November 2 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and on Friday, November 4 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. There is a limit of 10 pounds per family, and commercial outlets are excluded.

The Free Kids Meal coupon can be used at The Apple Tree Family Restaurant with the Purchase of an Adult Entrée; it is not valid with any other discount offers or on a holiday.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with donated snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas. Visit for more information.

The Apple Tree Family Restaurant, located at 102 S. Centerville Road in the Woods Edge Plaza, serves a variety of home-style cooking entrees, from Chicken and Waffles to Chicken Parmigiana. Featured appetizers include Southern Fried Pickle Spears and Fried Eggplant. Dedicated servers and a prompt kitchen staff ensure each meal is delicious, the atmosphere pleasant, and the service friendly. There is also a separate Banquet room that seats 50, and The Apple Tree Family Restaurant offers private catering, as well. Call 717-392-6020 for information.

ARC Lancaster, located at 118 South Centerville Road in the Woods Edge Plaza, is donating printing services for this community outreach project. Visit or or call 717.399.4799 for information about ARC Lancaster (formerly Ridgeway's Printer).

Healthy Smiles Dental is a new general, cosmetic and restorative dental practice in Lancaster, PA, located in the Woods Edge Plaza at the intersection of S. Centerville Road and Columbia Ave., less than a mile from the Centerville Rd. exit off U.S. 30. Matthew T. Kingston, DMD, an honors graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry, began his dental career in Ambler, PA in 2001 and has practiced dentistry in Lancaster since 2005. Dr. Kingston and his team provide comprehensive, personalized dental care in a comfortable environment, using state-of-the-art dental technology. The founding principle of Healthy Smiles Dental is treating the dental needs of individuals, while educating patients about the relationship between their oral health and their overall systemic health. For more information, call 717-945-7440 or visit Healthy Smiles Dental at

Dr. Matthew T. Kingston
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