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Baton Rouge Dental Center Participates in a Candy Buy-Back Program to Support Overseas Troops and Promote Good Oral Health


Operation Gratitude promotes the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program. This Halloween season, Dr. Julie Vignes and her staff are joining this event to decrease sugar consumption for children and to help support our troops overseas.

Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Baton Rouge cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Vignes, is joining Operation Gratitude in their Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program for 2012. This season, we encourage children to bring in their excess candy by providing a cash incentive for each pound received. We will give $1.00 per pound, up to five pounds, for anyone 17 years old and younger until we reach $1000. To add to the season's festivities, we will be passing out sugar-free hot cocoa and sugar-free candies to the families attending this event.

Dr. Vignes is leading this anti-decay movement by encouraging children to decrease their sugar intake with the cash for candy and by making brushing fun. Baton Rouge Dental Center is providing electric glowing toothbrushes for each child participating. Halloween is a fun time of year for children; with this program, children can enjoy all the excitement of trick-or-treating, while still maintaining good oral health.

“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,” says Dr. Julie Vignes from Baton Rouge Dental Center. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.”

Global sugar consumption is up to 50 million tons per year, increasing by about 2% annually, which makes oral health an important topic to consider during Halloween. Candy not only hurts children's teeth with the cavity-causing sugars, but can also lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, certain types of candy can do more than cause cavities in teeth – they can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

"Operation Gratitude is a little sweetness to those unsung heroes that risk so much for us and our families,” said Dr. Vignes. “It is a win-win to me: a way to distribute all that candy and bring a smile to someone overseas.”

About Operation Gratitude:

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit corporation run entirely by volunteers and funded by private donations. They show their support to our troops by sending care packages and letters addressed to individual soldiers overseas. The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program gives the community a chance to participate by bringing candy to specific dental offices who are participating in this event. The candy, along with any donated dental hygiene products or written letters of gratitude, are sent in care packages to American military members all over the world. To participate in this event, please bring unopened candy to the Baton Rouge Dental Center on November 1st between 5:00pm-7:00pm.

For more information on Operation Gratitude, the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program, or Baton Rouge Dental Center, please visit the practice's website at

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