Around here, teeth brushing is generally a bit of a fight. Sometimes, my son (he’s 6) will get right up and brush without much pressure, but usually he whines and then brushes for about 20 seconds and returns saying he is finished. Of course, we make him return to the bathroom to brush it again, which is met with “but then I’ll be wasting toothpaste”. He’s like me…he’s got an answer for everything.
We struggle trying to get him to understand the importance of spending enough time brushing his teeth properly and for an adequate amount of time. We’ve tried everything. Timing him on the microwave clock (he constantly comes out to check), telling him we will tell him when to stop (he constantly stops brushing to ask if he can stop brushing), and even bribery. None of it worked.
The Sonicare For Kids from Phillips has seriously worked miracles for us since my son started using it.
ABOUT SONICARE FOR KIDS:
There’s finally a Sonicare specifically designed to help kids build healthy brushing habits for life. With its kid-friendly features and clinically proven results, Sonicare For Kids helps parents teach their children to brush—supporting the transition from brushing together to brushing alone. It’s finally true that for children learning to brush, there is a Sonicare waiting to help them.
Patented sonic technology: creates powerful yet gentle dynamic cleaning action that reaches deep between teeth and along the gum line.
- KidTimer: helps kids reach the recommended two-minute brushing time – it progressively increases length of time over 90 days.
- Rubber Overmold: protects childrens’ teeth.
- Ergonomic Handle: is designed with various gripping locations, facilitating shared or independent brushing.
- Fun front panels: fun panels are interchangeable so kids can change them as they grow.
- Two Kid-friendly power modes: provide gentle cleaning appropriate for different ages: low mode for 4+ and high mode for 7+.
- Two distinct brush head sizes: specifically designed to gently clean and protect teeth at key developmental phases.
- KidPacer: Fun sounds encourage kids to brush the front and back of both upper and lower teeth.
My son was so excited to try his Sonicare. From the interchangeable face plates to the musical chimes that signal when he should change brushing positions, he was anxious to brush his teeth. I made sure to tell him that he’s not to stop brushing until the toothbrush shuts off on its own. Even that kind of excited him – that it would turn off and that meant he had brushed long enough.
He pays attention to his brushing, changing positions as the chimes sound and brushing for the full 2 minutes. And saying “time to brush your teeth” is met with arguments now that he wants to go first before his sister – rather than excuses and whining. It did take him a few times to get used to the size and bulk of the handle compared to a regular toothbrush, but he figured it out and handles it well now.
If I was going to suggest an improvement, I do wish the interchangeable face plates snapped in rather than having a sticky backing. I think eventually, with all the interchanging my son likes to do, they will stop sticking.
Overall this toothbrush has become a valuable tool for us to teach our son proper dental hygiene without stress and nagging on our parts, and making it fun for him.
Sonicare For Kids is available nationwide at Walmart and is also available at Target and Amazon.com.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Sonicare and received a free Sonicare For Kids toothbrush to facilitate my review.”