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Looking after our daughter's teeth has always been high up the priority list for us - I felt she should learn that they needed looking after from an early age. Her first tooth popped through at 6 months, with an explosion of a few more over the next couple of months - lots for us to maintain and make sure were clean. I opted for the Aquafresh milk teeth toothbrush - they're such a huge name and as we'd received the Aquafresh milk teeth toothpaste in a bounty pack, it seemed like the natural choice. Ours cost around £2.50 from Tesco and we are now on our second. Both of ours have been a light yellow and pale pink colour and I think it would be suitable for boys as well as girls but they are available in other selected colours too. They advise to start using the brush as soon as the first tooth emerges - the brush is targeted at ages 0 to 2 years.
The toothbrush, as expected, is small measuring around 20cm high and 1cm wide. The actual head of the brush is also very small at around 1cm. Some of the bristles are slightly longer than others to aid with brushing and to reach as many places in the mouth as possible. They are also very soft, ideal for little mouths and gums. It has a great handle on it that gives very good grip while in use. That's handy because it's quite difficult to keep my daughter still for me to brush properly - the handle helps me to keep tight hold of it while in use. The neck of the brush has a bendy, flexible part to it too which helps to move about her mouth and reach all of her teeth. I just use a first milk teeth toothpaste alongside the brush at all times, just a very small amount and it's very easy to rinse out of the brush with water afterwards.
Even though it has a small head, my daughter was not impressed at all with it at first and would not let me anywhere near her mouth with it. She would point blank refuse to open her mouth to let me near although after a couple of months of repeated trying, I have eventually managed to get her used to it and it's not something that bothers her now. I think at 6 months it just looked so large compared to her mouth because she was still small. But now she's a bit bigger, the brush seems a nice size for her.
She does however bite onto the bristles as I'm trying to brush and still won't let me brush them properly across and back for very long before she bites down to stop it. I just have to stop, try and take her attention from it and then start again. We are on our second brush, but having gone through all this biting, the first brush was still in great condition - the only reason I changed it was so that the head was fresh and clean, for hygiene reasons. Our second is still going strong now and is in quite a good condition having owned it for around 3 months. The bristles seem robust and always return back to shape quite well afterwards. Her teeth and gums are as clean as I could hope for.
I would recommend this brush. I doubt any babies are impressed with it at first because it's something so new to them but I definitely feel that it's helped me teach her that her teeth need to be brushed and looked after. The more we've used it, the better she's got with it so a little perseverance is needed to get them used to new textures, now it's quite easy to use and keeps her teeth clean. I think that it's a great value item that I would definitely repurchase a third. I've rated it 5 stars as it's been a long lasting, good quality product.
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For quite a while I have been using a chewable teething toothbrush for my little girl because she has been a terrible teether ever since that first little tooth started to push through the gums. Now that she has most of her teeth and is just awaiting the eruption of the very back molars, I thought this might be the time to move on to a proper looking toothbrush and start getting her used to brushing her own teeth every night. There isn't a huge amount of choice when it comes to a toothbrush for a young child, but I ended up with the Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothbrush, which I picked up when Tesco had it on offer, but I have seen it retail anything up to around the £2 mark.
The Aquafresh milk teeth toothbrush is designed for children between the ages of 0 - 3. There are some features of the brush that make it suitable for this age group. It has soft bristles to protect tender gums, which was important for my daughter. There is a flexible neck to this brush, to 'absorb excess pressure' and make it easier to navigate around the mouth. There is also another feature, which to be quite honest, I didn't notice at the time of purchasing, was that there are blue bristles within the brush head to indicate how much toothpaste to put on the brush for a young child.
My daughter was very excited when I brought out this new toothbrush. Yes, the bristles did seem soft, and I could see the blue bristles, though I am very accustomed to how much toothpaste a young child should have on a brush by now, since I set the brush out every night. The first time I tried this toothbrush, it was just before my daughter went to bed, and she complained that it hurt her gums and in fact she cried. I thought I had brushed gently but she definitely didn;t feel comfortable with the brush on her gums. The next morning when she got up, I wasn't sure whether she would want to use the brush again, but she did try, and wanted to try it herself, which I let her (brushing them again myself after!) and this time, although she really wasn't brushing them right, there were no issues with sore gums. The following night the same thing happened, she complained of sore gums when I brushed. She is obviously more tired at night and more easily annoyed by something like that, but at the same time, the soft bristles that the brush has were obviously still hitting the tender part of the gums, when I was brushing. In the morning, I think there are enough other distractions so her gums dont bother her when either she or I am brushing with this brush, but I have now ended up using her old teething toothbrush for nighttime.
All in all, yes the bristles are soft and the toothbrush is easily to move to get at all the teeth, but at the same time, the bristles obviously still hurt my daughter's tender gums, some of which are currently swollen at the back as the impending tooth lies beneath. I think this is a good brush to encourage a child to learn to brush by themselves and my daughter loves having the opportunity to brush her teeth herself and she can handle the brush well, however I was just a little disappointed that it was sore for her, and until she gets all these final teeth through, it is doubtful that this is the best brush for her at nighttime.
When I first started brushing my twins teeth they were about 6 months old, I had never looked into toothbrushes for babies before so the first one I bought was a brand I was familiar with Aquafresh. It clearly says that it is for milk teeth and I also bought the toothpaste from the range.
The clear front allows you to clearly see the toothbrush and tells you that it is suitable for little ones aged between 0 and 3 years. A cute tooth character tells you that this brush is gum friendly and has a flex zone.
The backing to the packaging is cardboard and on the reverse of this is more information about the brush. At the bottom is a white arrow on a red area which indicates this is where you should open the brush. The cardboard isn't joined to the plastic at this point and these brushes are fairly easy to open and get the brush out.
This brush has lovely soft bristles however this does mean that the go out of shape quicker than other brands my girls have tried. The head of the brush is small and even from 6 months old this brush easily fitted into little mouths to brush their teeth.
Using these toothbrushes I've still been able to brush my girls teeth when they've been teething showing how gentle they are. The back of the head is made of a soft material which gives me reassurance that I won't hurt sensitive gums with it. This toothbrush has a flexible neck the same as their adult brushes which also helps to ensure that little gums don't get hurt during brushing.
The bristles have a coloured area which acts as a good indicator as to how much toothpaste to use. You actually use much less toothpaste than I thought you would so I really like this guide.
This toothbrush is available in several colours. Buying for 2 girls I particularly like that you can buy this toothbrush in pink and purple, the only brand I've come across which sells 2 'girly' colours.
Price and availability
This toothbrush is widely available but is more expensive than other brands. It is currently (April 2013) £1.45 in Asda and on offer in Tesco it costs £1.60. The price of this toothbrush means I don't buy them very often.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a good first toothbrush but for the additional cost I don't think it is any better than the Colgate version.
- Why I Bought -
My son cut his first tooth at nine months old and as there are two dentists in my family I knew the importance of starting a tooth brushing routine straight away. His first toothbrush was a Nam First Toothbrush which I thought was great but a little pricy at £3. I happened to receive two Aquafresh baby toothbrush vouchers just as my son's toothbrush needed replacing so for the last six months he has been brushing his teeth with Aquafresh Milk Teeth toothbrushes.
- The Toothbrush -
The packaging indicates that it is suitable for ages 0-3 years and that it has soft bristles. The head of the brush is small and soft as expected so it is suitable for little people's mouths. The handle is made from hard yellow plastic and rubber, the colour of the rubber varies. I believe the options are blue, green, pink or purple. We have had a green and a blue. The handle is bobbly so it is really easy for little hands to hold. At the moment brushing my son's teeth has become a bit of an ordeal. This is because he wants to do it himself but quite frankly he doesn't do a very good job, much more sucking than brushing! However, this brush is easy for him to hold onto and the head fits comfortably into his small mouth. Usually he brushes (sucks) for a bit and then I fight with him to let me have a go. The brush seems to be gentle on his teeth and gums. I can't fault the brush, I just wish my son was more cooperative!
- Cleaning and Replacing -
The brush is very easy to clean and I tend to do this with hot water after every use. I have put it in the microwave steriliser once or twice for a good clean and the toothbrush survived this. I always replace my son's brush after three months of use as I do with my own toothbrush.
- Price and Availability -
This toothbrush is available in Tesco, Asda and Boots. The standard price seems to be around £2 but it is quite often on offer. I bought my son's when they were on offer in Tesco at £1 each. I also had two 25p off vouchers so paid 75p per brush which I think is very good value.
- Would I Recommend? -
Over all I think this is a good toothbrush for babies/toddlers so I would definitely recommend it. The design is perfect for small hands and mouths, it comes in nice colours and it is a good price. I would buy these again.