Product Type: Colgate electric toothbrushes
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The brush that saved me a lot of hastle!
Colgate Spider Sense Spider-Man Toothbrush
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Colgate Spider Sense Spider-Man Toothbrush
Date: 13/10/12, updated on 13/10/12 (41 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans teeth well, encourages brushing by making it more fun
Disadvantages: head isnt replacable
Just as I was getting to the point where I thought I had tried everything and that I was going to end up going through this drama twice a day for god knows how long, Will started showing interest in my electric toothbrush. At first he just tried to imitate the noise it was making and then I left it running on the side while I answered the phone. As I returned I could hear him giggling and as I walked into the bathroom I saw something that made me actually want to jump for joy.. For the fist time in months Will was brushing his teeth and best of all he was enjoying it!
Bingo! I had finally solved the issue that had been the bane of my life for such a long time. My husband was less thrilled when I told him, he wasn't sure if it was even safe for a 2 year old to use an electric toothbrush, and being very cautious about illnesses as he is, he was definitely not ok with the idea of me and Will sharing a toothbrush. So I jumped on the computer and set about googling some answers, determined not to be disheartened by his pessimism. I typed in 'is it safe for a 2 year old to use an electric toothbrush' and my search took me to a parenting website where a similar question had been asked. Amid the other helpful answers, the question had been answered by a woman who was a speech language pathologist and she couldn't recommend their use highly enough, she works with children, among others, who have 'oral motor, feeding and sensory integration disorders' and she recommends parents to use an electric toothbrush to 'promote oral sensory awareness/development' she also said they were often tolerated better by children who gag when their teeth are being brushed, and that she recommends them for use in even very young children... Well that was me sold, and it even convinced the old grump that it might not be such a bad idea after-all.
The next step would be to source one, it had to be small, light enough for him to hold and obviously being a kid specific one wouldn't hurt as they would surely have bright colors or even children's TV characters and that would serve to encourage him to brush his teeth even more. He used to have a Ben Ten toothbrush and pre-illness had loved it. Well my toothbrush is Colgate, and we use Colgate toothpaste so it was a brand I was already very familiar with and trusted, so I had a look on the Colgate website and found out that they did a spider man electric toothbrush for kids, perfect! I typed in the name on amazon and it came up with several results, the cheapest of which was £6.30 with £2.20 delivery, taking the total price to £8.50 all together. If the brush hadn't been the answer to all my prayers I might have thought this a little steep, but by this point I would probably have been willing to pay 10 times that to not have to have Will cry at me when I brushed his teeth!
It arrived in true amazon style packaged in packaging upon packaging, and then the actual toothbrush itself was in yet more packaging (so much for the environment). After cutting my way into the last layer of packaging surrounding the toothbrush, and cursing blister packed goods to high heavens, I took out the toothbrush and inserted the 2 AAA batteries that came with it. The battery compartment is very easy to open and close, unlike the one on my toothbrush, but not so much so that Will could do it, which is reassuring. Then we tried it out, I squeezed on a small amount of toothpaste and turned it on, there are standard on/off buttons that Will now finds very easy to operate himself. I passed him the brush and it fit perfectly in his little hands, the handle is quite slim.
Well, he loved it, and we haven't looked back since. Now brushing his teeth is fun again. He thinks the toothbrush looks great, he's showed it off to all his friends and relatives and has even told the woman in our local shop about his blue Spiderman 'brush-your-teeth' (he thinks that's what a tooth brush is called). In my opinion it is very nice to look at and the Spiderman picture is very big on the toothbrush, unlike ones I've seen since where it is just the head that has a character picture. Something I noticed was that it's a fair bit quieter than my toothbrush, which is good because loud noises can sometimes put little children off things although this isn't an issue with Will.
I think it's pretty fab too. Its an effective way for me to get to all the hard to reach places and I think his teeth always look really clean since we've started using it. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough, especially for parents of children who don't like having their teeth brushed. It's very easy to clean as you just rinse it off under the tap while it's still on. Unfortunately replacement heads are not available (the head doesn't actually come off) so it is quite an expensive disposable toothbrush.
I have since seen the toothbrush on the boots website for £5.30/530 points so would advise you to shop around to get the best deal. The boots one is a slightly different design that the one we have it's yellow with a red head instead of blue and Spiderman is hanging upside down on it. Colgate also do a barbie electric toothbrush which would be perfect for a little girl.
Summary: A great way to brush your child's teeth!
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