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5 top tips to protect your child's smile

(NC) Kids love the candy of Halloween and the holidays, but with all that sugar, parents do not love the threat of cavities, a fear that is especially real if their children don't keep up with a dependable oral hygiene routine.

According to new research on behalf of Philips Sonicare, while 93 per cent of parents say that they are 'very' or 'somewhat' satisfied with their child's ability to brush their teeth while being supervised, this number drops to 68 per cent while unsupervised. Since today's parents lead such busy lives, it can be challenging to oversee children as they brush their teeth – and kids don't want mom or dad watching over them.

To keep cavities away throughout the candy rush and all year long, here are five simple tips that will ensure your child's smile is always protected:

1. Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary treats or snacks between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm their teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds.

2. It is best to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva or a glass of water helps to wash away some of the sugars and acids.

3. Keep treats with the parents instead of with children. It can be easier to control when they eat it and how much they can have per day.

4. Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.

5. Always get your child to brush and floss before going to bed – and incentives help. For instance, products like the new Sonicare For Kids a rechargeable power toothbrush, maximizes the oral care routine and is designed to encourage healthy brushing habits – even when they are brushing on their own. This fun but dependable little tool by Philips removes 75 per cent more plaque than a manual toothbrush in hard to reach areas. A new free app called Brush Busters was created to further motivate proper brushing habits by integrating interactive storylines and rewards as a guideline.

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