Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
Newest Review: ... design of the brush handle has lots of various crevices in it such as around Pooh's smile and this actually seems to gather bits of grime... more
A poorly designed brush
Oral-B Stages Power
Member Name: jillycat
Oral-B Stages Power
Advantages: Brushes clean the teeth well soft bristles
Disadvantages: Handle hard to hold for a child, poorly design of handle as knocks teeth and hard to clean
The brush itself is fairly chunky to hold and in a lot of ways the brush is just too fat to enable him to hold it correctly and manoeuvre it around his mouth with any degree of precision. When we go to finish the job off at his back teeth which are the enamel damaged ones he generally ends up getting a bit of Pooh's face in his mouth which then knocks his other teeth and gets him upset and hence defeats the object of using a fun tooth brush.
The design of the brush handle has lots of various crevices in it such as around Pooh's smile and this actually seems to gather bits of grime fairly easily and the brush and handle especially needs to be cleaned thoroughly after each use to remove bits of toothpaste scum from the handle and I personally find this to be a very irritating job.
The brush will lie flat so this does make it nice and easy for him to put the toothpaste on himself.
The toothbrush has a dual head designed which means it has a rotating top section and a fixed bottom section. The bristles themselves are nice and soft and in the time of using it haven't caused any bleeding in his mouth. The bristles are also bright colours giving it a much more fun appearance. The combination of the two heads seems to mean that my son is able cleans his teeth more thoroughly than a standard toothbrush as it covers large area of teeth in his mouth in one go. The brushes do seem to clean his teeth well and from a performance point of view when we can get to the teeth I have no doubts that it is doing a great job of cleaning them.
The on off switches is located towards the top of the brush and is a simple depress on button for on and the other for off. These seem to work well and the design of Winnie the Pooh means that because of this arms and legs they are rarely knocked by mistake when my son holds the brush.
The toothbrush comes supplied and fitted with batteries inside. You can replace the batteries using a screwdriver to unseal the waterproof base of the toothbrush. However we have found that the batteries supplied have actually lasted the length of time the toothbrush has and there has been no need to replace these.
The brush head is not replaceable meaning that once the bristles are worn, you have to throw the whole thing away and buy a new one so not very "Green". Admittedly is cheaper than the electric toothbrushes with replaceable heads initially but I do think by the time you have maybe bought several of these then the initial outlay for a better brush may have been a better investment.
I can't really recommend this toothbrush yes it does clean the teeth very well but the handle is really too chunky for a 3-4 year old to hold and manoeuvre properly. When we are helping with the back teeth Pooh ends up in his mouth and at times knocking the other teeth which causes upset. The fact that you probably would spend the same amount of money over a period of time on an electric toothbrush means it is not great value as you can't replace the heads on this battery model. At £10 a go I don't think it represents good value for money and it is certainly not a brush I will be buying again.
Summary: Not very child friendly toothbrush as it can cause teeth to be knocked expensive
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