Matthew T. Kingston, DMD
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144 S. Centerville Rd. at Columbia Ave. Lancaster, PA


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National "Halloween Candy Buy Back" Program Sends the Candy to U.S. Active-Duty Troops

LANCASTER, PA - (October 27, 2014) - Lancaster dentist Dr. Matthew T. Kingston and the Healthy Smiles Dental team will recycle the excess Halloween candy that can lead to kids' cavities again this year, and it's a solution families can take to the bank.

Healthy Smiles Dental is partnering again this fall with the national Halloween Candy Buy Back program by inviting 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. Last year, Healthy Smiles Dental took in 115 pounds of candy to send to American troops.

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to 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. Unopened candy will be collected at Healthy Smiles Dental on Monday, November 3 from 10 a.m. 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 4 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m., and Wednesday, November 5 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. There is a limit of 5 pounds per child, and commercial outlets are excluded.

Healthy Smiles Dental will also 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.

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 1.1 million packages to American Military deployed overseas. Visit for more information.

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. Follow Healthy Smiles Dental on Facebook (healthysmilesdental) and Twitter (@HealthySmilesPA). For more information, call 717-945-7440 or visit Healthy Smiles Dental at

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