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Month and Dr. Asp and his staff travel to the area elementary schools and invite students to their office to educate the kids on how to properly care for their teeth. Healthy habits start very early on and it is important to Dr. Asp that children learn at a young age how to protect the one set of natural permanent teeth each of us has. Last Halloween,

the office participated in a Candy Buy Back program to encourage children in the community to donate a portion of their Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit thatsends care packages to our active military members overseas. The practice paid out $ 1 perevery pound of candy donated; in all, they collected over 129 pounds of candy. Along with the cash, those who participated in the event also had a chance to win fun door prizes like iPods, gift cards and electric glow in the dark toothbrushes. “ Too

muchsugary candy can be the cause of cavities, decay and many other problems in young, growing smiles,” said Smile Ambassador Amber Bahr, who took the lead on the Candy Buy Back. “ Finding analternative use for the candy and a fun way to involve our kids makes it a win-win allaround.” The second

graders at Brillion Elementary School donated their time and talent by making thank you cards for the soldiers. Craig Olson of High Tech Electric in Brillion generously covered the shipping charges, and the cards and candy were sent to Operation Gratitude headquarters in California where they were then made into holiday baskets and sent overseas to active troops. “ The

CandyBuy Back was a great success and

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is something we’ll do again in the future,” Dr. Asp said. “ Some ofthe men and women serving our country haven’t been home for a long time and are stationed in foreign and sometime hostile environments without access to the comforts we’ve grown accustomed to here. Combining our efforts with Operation Gratitude is a nice way to send a piece of home to our troops while showing them our support and thanks.” Another way

Dr. Asp and the Live Life Smiling team show their appreciation for those who serve the country is by celebrating Veterans Day in November. They offer free dental exams, cleanings and x-rays toany past or current military members and any additional dental work is discounted 20 percent through the end of the year. They have gained so much interest that in the last two years they have extended the program from one day to the entire week leading up to Veterans Day. “ Almost

allof us have a family member or friend who is a member of our military. You can’t put a price on our freedom, but we try our best to give back and serve those who have served us,” Dr. Asp said. Live Life

Smiling Family Dentistry is a full-service dentalpractice with a complete range of general dentistry offerings as well as orthodontic treatments and children’s services. If you

are interested in becoming a patient of Dr. Asp’s or would like to learn more about the services they offer and the work they do in the community, please call ( 920) 853-3212 orvisit www. LLSmiling. com.Smilecontinued