Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Getting my children used to good habits with a bit of help from Lightning McQueen.
Braun Oral-B Advance Power Kids Toothbrush
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Braun Oral-B Advance Power Kids Toothbrush
Advantages: with good technique, teeth get really clean.
Disadvantages: I find the toothbrush heads expensive and need replacing regularly.
Part of this has been getting him to start using a child's mouth wash, but I also wanted them to start using an electrical toothbrush. This brush is a good starter option for children to see if they like it. It is made by Braun Oral B who are a good brand in tooth care so I felt confident that it would not be just a gimmick which wasn't actually that functional.
It is a battery powered toothbrush, powered by 2 AA batteries which came with the toothbrush when I first bought them both one. With twice daily use, these batteries are still going strong 2 and a half months later. It also came with one brush head, which can be replaced. I think this is fabulous, as though the initial purchase is cheap-ish, I don't view items like this as disposable for environmental reasons, so I would only buy something they would get good use out of. This is currently available on amazon for £13.30, and I feel it is a good purchase at this price.
I bought both boys one, and put it in their Christmas stocking and they were thrilled to have such a grown up item. Once I had cut through what seemed an excessive amount of plastic packaging and put in the batteries, the brushes were ready to use.
The tooth brushes are bright red with blue spots, and the handle is quite a decent chunky size for the boys to hold. They have not complained about holding them while using them. They are operated very easily with a simple press of the button on the front of the unit. The brushes will carry on going until you turn it off. There is no timer or anything complicated with this brush.
After a little practice, I have successfully got both boys using good brushing technique. They are both a little quick at moving the brush over their little teeth, but both let me check their teeth after they have done it. I have found my 5 year old son does a fabulous job at cleaning his own teeth. He knows he has to get close to the gumline, and he does the front and back surfaces of his teeth. My 3 year old can do his front teeth well, but struggles to do his molar teeth and fangs mainly because his mouth is a lot smaller and he finds it hard to get the brush in his mouth correctly. I also find it hard when I check his teeth, and have to get him to pretend he is growling like a tiger. I feel really he is perhaps a little young and I noticed a yellow plaque did appear initially around the gum line on a couple of teeth where they had been missed by both of us. I did wonder whether to go back to a manual brush for him, but we persevered and now I just make sure I spend longer checking his teeth thoroughly at the end of him brushing and the yellow plaque went as quickly as it appeared.
I wondered at first whether this brush might be too powerful on their sensitive mouths, but I tried it myself on my own teeth and it is nowhere near as powerful as my adult toothbrush. My eldest has complained a little when I checked his teeth as I pressed a little too hard on a front tooth which is a bit wobbly and he said it hurt, but generally, it is not an intrusive feeling for them.
The Disney theme is only apparent on the toothbrush heads. The head that came with the original brush had the cars theme. I realised that the different themed heads are slightly different prices on amazon. The mickey mouse ones are slightly cheaper than the cars one for example. The price is roughly around the £5 per head level, and that is buying 2 at a time. My youngest son is on his 3rd head already since Christmas, and my eldest on his second. I would say I will need to replace them for them every 6-8 weeks, whereas a manual brush might last between 8-12 weeks for them before it looked like it should be changed. My 3 year old will go through more as he is more likely to bite down and chew the brush. I feel this cost is a bit higher than it should be but I feel I will continue with it as there teeth are both in good health.
A little thing I appreciate is that both brushes came with a plastic cover to put over the brush head when not in use. I like this mainly for when we go away so I can pack their brushes easily.
Overall, the kids are enjoying using them. I feel it is worth investing time and money in the dental routine you use for your kids from as young as possible. This brush is perhaps a bit too bulky for younger children like my 3 year old, but my 5 year old finds it very comfortable to use, so I recommend it for children from this age and up.
Summary: A nice introductory electric toothbrush for kids.
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