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Oct 09, 2019

Halloween Candy Buy-Back to Benefit Active Duty Heroes Overseas

Eric Houghtaling halloween candy bill

Newman Springs Dental Care is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.”  This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to the Lincroft dental office and receive $1 per pound. Drs. Mitchel Friedman, Aparna Menon and Amarpreet Suri are leading this anti-decay movement. This Lincroft family dental practice has sponsored this event since 2009 with Comcast Spotlight. They will also donate a toothbrush (with flashing timer!) for every pound of candy collected.

“On Monday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 5 pm, give up the candy to make a difference; that’s what we’re saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing and flossing daily are great preventative measures, however reducing excess sweets would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” Friedman said.

Newman Springs Dental Care Free LincroftMenon added, “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, these FireFly glowing brushes we’re giving out are really cool! They light up for two minutes, the ideal time for brushing.”

There will be snacks, and kids are encouraged to dress up. As a special bonus, there will be a drawing for several special prizes.

Global sugar consumption for children increases by about 2 percent every year and is currently 54 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, weight gain and increased risk of diabetes as an adult. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Candy will be collected at Newman Springs Dental Care, 539 Newman Springs Rd. in Lincroft, on the Monday after Halloween from 3 to 5 pm.  The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to U.S. troops overseas, thanks to Army Recreational Military Services (ARMS). ARMS’s goal for this year is to provide a care package for every tri-state area service member. For more information on how to help ARMS achieve this goal or to make a donation, visit For more information about Newman Springs Dental, call 732-741-6444 or visit