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As I look after my nephew a few days a week it's a lot easier to have a few of the essentials at my house permanently to save bringing stuff back and forth all the time. One of these products is a toothbrush and it's been a case of trial and error over the past year or so to find something which both does the job properly but that my nephew also enjoys using.
I first saw the Oral B stages toothbrush in B&M and I bought one for about £3, they are also selling for a similar amount in Home Bargains. Now I bought the Cars version for my nephew but they are also available in a Cinderella version for girls and a Winnie the Pooh version which appeals to both boys and girls. I have seen a few other versions too but not in any shops local to me unfortunately and I've found they tend to be a bit more expensive if bought online.
The toothbrush comes in fairly standard 'Cars' themed cardboard backed plastic packaging which gives you a good opportunity to see what you're buying. The toothbrush itself is nice a bright with a fairly chunky handle which is printed with a car on a race track with the Cars logo. The toothbrush itself is red with a double set of blue, white and red bristles. The brush is designed to be used by children ages three and over.
Taking the brush out of the packaging it's quite a sturdy design and the bristles feel nice and soft, perfect for a young child's teeth. When I gave the brush to my nephew he really liked the design and brush fit nicely into his hand, he had no trouble brushing and as the only button is an on/ off switch even at his young age he found it easy to operate. The brush always seemed to do a good job of brushing my nephew's teeth after brushing for just a couple of minutes.
Now even though the brush is only very cheap, unfortunately it's a completely throw away item as neither the battery nor the head is replaceable. The brush comes with the battery inside which is said to last six months, however, as we like to change toothbrushes a little more often than this, being able to buy replacement heads would be helpful.
Overall, this toothbrush is good value for money but I do question whether it's better to buy something a little more expensive which can be recharged and the heads replaced. However, for such a low price and for the brushing done by a three year old this brush isn't bad at all and worked well for our needs.
I came across this product when I was looking for a birthday present for my cousin who was turning five. I distinctly remember his mother complaining to me about how difficult it is make him stay still and brush his teeth properly rather than jumping around and waving and splashing suds all over the place. To be honest, I find it difficult to buy presents for other people and I figured that this product is both functional and fun for the mother and the son; so I ended up buying this as a birthday present.
Electric toothbrush are pretty costly compared to manual ones but I bought this at a half price of £15.00 at tesco, which I think is a reasonable price for an electric toothbrush. It comes in a plastic and from what I can see without opening the pack is that it is designed like most electric toothbrush. However, this is different in a sense that it is a novelty Disney 'Cars' edition for boys mostly. The colour scheme is mainly red and blue that mimics Lightning McQueen, the main character from the movie 'Cars'. I love that movie, but sadly I too many years too old to own a toothbrush like this.
I can say from my experience that my cousin was very happy to receive this as a present. As an added bonus, his mother was happy as well because she was hoping that it'll be easier to get him to properly brush his teeth now. Since I stayed over at their house that night, I was able to see how this product works first hand. The product comes with a charger that uses standard 'shaver' ports, but they already have an adapter so it wasn't a problem. We charged the toothbrush to be used that night and try it out. Since I use both manual and electric toothbrush, I know from experience that with electric ones you have to make sure that it's not turned on until you got it in your mouth. I've been splattered with enough sticky toothpaste on my face to know how to use it.
Well, the general recommended brushing time is two minutes, but personally I'm not patient enough to brush for 2 whole minutes and usually takes about a minute and a half at most. However for my cousin, his mother swayed him with this new cool toothbrush to last 2 minutes. With one minutes, the electric toothbrush gives signal to either switch sides or just a general idea of time. I think the toothbrush works really well for its purpose.
The product requires charging. I've asked my aunt (his mother) and she told me it took more than 6 hours to be fully charged, but she wasn't sure because it's usually left to charged over night. Once fully charged, it lasts for about a week or so, which is reasonable I would say.
Overall, Oral-B is a good brand and for the price of this product, it does work wonderfully well and, from what my aunt told me, it made brushing time more peaceful.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Both I and the kids have electric toothbrushes now after our dentist recommended we switched. Instead of buying a plain white one for my son I decided to make it a little bit more fun and get him a character one that was especially designed for children. Being a huge fan of Pixar films which we own on DVD I bought him the cars character electric toothbrush as both cars and its sequel are two of his favourite movies. I wasn't naïve enough to believe it would make getting him to brush his teeth a stress free event in the mornings and evening but I was hoping it would make it a little easier.
I bought the toothbrush from boots when they had a half price event on their electric toothbrushes. This meant I paid £17.49 for it instead of its usual price of £34.99. Boots often have these sales on their electric toothbrushes so it pays to wait and get it when it is on offer.
The toothbrush comes with a base and changeable heads on it. It is red and blue and for some reason reminded me more of spider man than it did cars. Well the base did anyway because the heads actually have pictures of the cars characters on them. It is bright and fun looking and I can see why it would appeal to kids. Anyway my son loved it and it was the first time I had seen him excited to brush his teeth.
He was a little disappointed that we had to charge it overnight first before he could use it. The toothbrush takes ages to fully charge but this is the same with all electric toothbrushes and mine is exactly the same. Once it is fully charged then it should last a week or so with using it every day.
The toothbrush is quite powerful and it did take my son a little while to get used to the strong vibrations and to begin with he didn't like it very much. Once he had been using it for a week or so though it wasn't a problem and he quite enjoys the sensation and he says he likes the fact that his teeth feel really clean and when he runs his tongue along them they are really smooth.
Just like my adults oral-b electric toothbrush this one has a timer to tell my son that he has been brushing for the required amount of time. It goes off twice to let him know that he has spent a minute on the top teeth and it is time to move to the bottom ones.
The brush heads are designed for use for children and have softer bristles on them than the adult's ones. I could feel the difference between the head of this one and my own one. This is to make it gentler on children's gums.
The heads themselves need to be replaced every three months or so and there is a strip on the brush that tells you when it is time to replace it which is good as I always lose track of how long they have been on.
The toothbrush does come with a two pronged plug as it is designed to be used in the bathroom so if you don't have an electric razor socket then you will need to buy an adaptor but these are cheap enough and can be picked up for around £1.
Over all this is an excellent toothbrush made much more so when it is on offer. The only problem with it is that replacing the heads can be quite expensive but after searching online I am now paying only £7.99 for a replacement pack of two heads which is much cheaper than it is in the shops.
After watching a report on the state of some young children's teeth this week I was shocked to discover the lack of effort that some parents appear to give to their Childs teeth.
I have always been concerned about my son's teeth and after a succession of battery operated toothbrushes which in the end always seem to either not have replaceable heads which means they are essentially a very expensive disposable toothbrush. So when my son's last toothbrush failed I spotted in Morrison's on offer for £17.99 a Disney Cars toothbrush which I knew my four year old son would love the design.
This toothbrush is made by Braun Oral B with the obvious attraction to boys. It has a red and blue handle and is slightly smaller than a standard electric toothbrush which makes it easier for little hands to grip.
It has a small head with an image of Disney cars on the brush head. The bristles do feel softer than my toothbrush but this would be expected for a child's toothbrush too much abrasion can damage milk teeth. It has an oscillation speed of 7,600 per minute.
The Toothbrush is packaged in a very thick plastic cover which it clearly not designed for children or adults to get in as despite been armed with a pair of scissors took about 5 minutes to wrestle out of the packaging.
It takes 18 hours for a full charge and this charge is designed to last for 30 minutes. It uses a two pin socket to charge but should you not have one of these adapters are readily available.
This toothbrush is designed for children who are three years plus. This is due to the speed of the brush makes it too young for younger children so should not be used on younger children.
As my son wasn't with me he was very impressed with his new toothbrush and immediately wanted to try it but we took it upstairs to charge and did use it for the first time that evening despite it not been fully charged as my son's old battery toothbrush had turned into a manual brush. He had no trouble gripping the handle or pressing the button on the handle to activate the brush. I was previously using my toothbrush as a timer so the fact his own brush had a two minute timer was ideal for several reasons. Firstly it gave him a sense of independence and an ability to time himself and secondly as my son is still four he does need a little help ensuring the back of the teeth are cleaned correctly so I tend to go over the backs when he has finished so we can now do our teeth separately.
My son very much does like the design of the toothbrush and is very happy. The negatives I have found are that it doesn't hold the charge for long. Despite the eighteen hour charge on further investigation it shows that the brush only holds its charge for five days. It doesn't have any indicator of the level of charge however it does have a safety feature that does mean it cannot be overcharged. As a parent I don't always know when it is running low unlike my own brush and so I have started charging it every few days to ensure my son has optimum results for his efforts. This does also mean if taking away on a week's holiday you do need to take the charger unit with you. I have found the heads do not seem to have lasted long and replacement heads do seem more expensive than the standard heads. The heads can be replaced by other Oral B heads which on one hand would mean as a child's tastes change they can be replaced by another theme however as my son is a huge Disney cars fan I would like some cars design on the handle. These are £10.35 on Amazon with free supersaver Delivery. I do intend to shop around for a cheaper price soon as my son's toothbrush head is ready for replacement after a couple of months. Dentists do recommend that these are replaced every three months but I have not found these brushes to last the three months.
Price and Availability
I have seen these for sale in various outlets including Boots, Supermarkets and Amazon. These toothbrush's do tend be on offer on a regular basis so if you are looking for a new toothbrush for your little one I do recommend this one but wait till it is on offer as this seems to happen quite Frequently. The brush with charging unit is currently £26.00 on Amazon.
I am disappointed with the frequency of needing to charge the toothbrush but otherwise I am very happy with this product for the price I paid. I also recommend if you do purchase this unit it is worth buying spare heads when you do see them on offer. I do like the timer feature and this is the first brush that had had this feature for a child and if your child is not brushing their teeth for two minutes this is very positive encouraging feature. An Electric toothbrush is much more effective at cleaning teeth than a manual brush and so any item that can improve the health of our children's teeth is worth the expense.
Children are great fun once they reach the toddler stage, they are inquisitive and want to be on the go all the time, their world is all about playing and exploring, and little time for anything else. Getting a toddler to remain still for more than a minute to clean their teeth can seem an almost impossible battle. Cleaning teeth is imperative, and should be started before a baby even has any teeth present. Cleaning the gums will ensure that they are kept clean in preparation for teeth to emerge, this allows baby to become accustomed to the brushing sensation, and it becomes part of their daily routine, to hopefully encourage good dental hygiene habits early on. However, toddlers have their own mind, and are far too busy to keep still, as they have an entire world to explore. Though, parents must continue to strive to clean their toddler's teeth.
My now 3 year old son was first introduced to a toothbrush early on before any teeth were present. I find it highly important to introduce a toothbrush as soon as possible to establish good oral hygiene habits. My son has always been curious of the sensation and texture of the bristles, and once his teeth emerged the bristles would soon wear down and splay due to him grinding his teeth against them. His teeth came through two at a time, and once he had a few teeth he would spend more time chewing on the brush, and I would find it hard to get him to open his mouth wide enough for me to effectively clean his teeth, and it would take quite a bit of effort to complete the task. We have gone through a large number of toothbrushes over the last three years, with only moderate success with each. Since reaching the toddler stage he seems far too excited and fidgety to allow proper brushing. I had started to become a little concerned, as he has most of his teeth now, and he consumes a varied diet, so I find it highly important to ensure that his teeth are cleaned to the best of my ability. However, I could see that around the edges on the outer surfaces of his teeth were never looking overly clean, and his breath didn't always smell fresh, making me believe that his teeth were not being cleaned effectively.
==Trying the Rest, Before Buying the Best==
I have tried a variety of toothbrushes to try and give his teeth a better clean. I was looking for an electric toothbrush, and in my quest I found that there are not many available for children. I eventually found a vibrating toothbrush, which was useless, so I resorted back to a regular toothbrush. His toothbrush is regularly replaced to ensure that I am using a brush that is in good condition, so I'm always looking to see what's available. I was delighted when I spotted the Oral B Disney's Cars toothbrush in Boots, and I was pleased to see that it was suitable for children age 3 and up. Boots prices are always competitive, and they often have offers on, so I generally don't bother looking elsewhere. I was more than happy to pay out for the toothbrush, as I think you can't put a price on healthy teeth. This particular toothbrush is available in two different versions, the other being a Disney Princess theme.
==Take a Look at the Bodywork on This==
The design of the Disney's Cars toothbrush is the same as an adult electric toothbrush, with the handle being almost identical in size and weight, with the components being the same. The only difference is that the head that is supplied is specifically designed for a child's mouth, in that it is smaller and softer in the bristles. The overall design and theme isn't overly noticeable as a Disney product, as the images feature on the toothbrush head, which is quite small, and it only shows a couple of the cars from the movie. The handle is a nice vibrant red and blue, which is far more fun than my boring white one. Personally, I think it would be better if the picture was placed on the handle where there is more space to accommodate it. My son hasn't really noticed that it is a Cars toothbrush, however, this doesn't bother me, as I'm more interested in getting his teeth cleaned.
The toothbrush is manufactured from the well known and trusted leading company Oral B. This is a brand that is often recommended by dentists, which always leads me to believe that their products are top of the range in dental care. I prefer to buy a reputable brand when purchasing dental hygiene products, as I want to know that they are of a high standard. This toothbrush certainly meets the standards that are expected. The toothbrush sits in the charging base unit, and features a 2 pin shaver adapter for charging purposes. The charger features a safety cut-out, so it cannot be overcharged, and is safe to be left positioned on the unit. It requires 12 hours for a full charge, and once charged the battery is said to last up to 5 days, if used for the recommended 2 minutes twice daily.
Only one toothbrush head is supplied which is fitted, however, extra heads can easily be obtained. The toothbrush will accept any Braun Oral B head, other than ones that are specifically designed for the Sonic range. This is quite handy, as it means that the head can be upgraded to the next level as a child grows. The soft rubberised handle features a non-slip grip, which is essential when trying to battle with an active toddler. The toothbrush features a timer which lets you know when two minutes have passed, giving off a gentle buzz for each minute to encourage a minute for the upper row of teeth and a minute for the lower row. This is a good indication to let you know if you have been brushing for the recommended amount of time, and if not, then you can try to increase it each time until you reach the two minute threshold. This is a good way to encourage children to brush for the correct amount of time, to ensure that teeth are kept sparkly clean, and in optimum condition.
==Test Driving the Brush==
I have been using an electric toothbrush for a number of years now, and I consider it to be far better than cleaning them with a regular manual toothbrush, which is why I was eager to find one for my son. I hoped that an electric toothbrush would make him more interested in cleaning his teeth. I was hoping the vibrations and rotating head would deter him from chewing on the bristles. However, I was a little apprehensive, as I was unsure if he would like it or not, as you can never tell with toddlers. The toothbrush is only slighter smaller and lighter than its adult counterparts. It is just the right size for my son to hold, and the textured rubber handle makes it easy to keep hold of.
I hoped the electric toothbrush would effectively clean my son's teeth, giving them a more thorough clean. I was quite eager to give it a try, and excitedly showed him his new toothbrush. He is always intrigued when he sees me and my partner use our electric toothbrushes, so I was hoping that he would be compliant. I smeared a small amount of toothpaste onto the rinsed brushed, and zoomed the brush from a height in the attempt to make him giggle. I only switched the brush on for a second so not to scare him, and then repeated the same action to allow him to get used to it. He was a little reluctant at first, and a bit unsure, though I felt satisfied as I had passed the brush over all of his teeth, even if not for long enough. I didn't want to force him to brush for longer, as that would have the opposite effect. I duly praised him, and I was very positive in my manner to make him feel good.
Over the next couple of days he was still a little unsure, however, he soon got used to the sensation and now he quite enjoys having his teeth brushed. The brush speed is no different to any other, though the bristles are softer. My son opens his mouth when I produce his toothbrush, and I am able to reach all the teeth and every surface, and I feel like they are getting a thoroughly good clean as the bristles whizz over the teeth, and the small amount of toothpaste creates a lot of froth, which is impossible to do the same with a regular toothbrush. My son's teeth looked remarkably cleaner after the first use, and his breath was fresh. The brown tinge that was starting to form around the outer surfaces cleaned away straight away, which gave me great relief. The toothbrush is said to remove plaque, stimulate gums to improve their health, and it is suitable for sensitive teeth. It certainly lives up to its claims, as I can notice a huge improvement.
==Speed Out and Get One==
The toothbrush head replacements are not cheap, retailing at approximately £10 for two heads. It is advised that toothbrush heads are replaced every three months. My son's brush head is lucky if it lasts three months, as he still manages to wear the bristles down, as children generally do. However, I am more than happy to replace the heads, as this toothbrush does a fantastic job at cleaning my son's teeth, and it has made it easier and more fun. I was a little concerned about whether he should be practising to use a manual toothbrush. On his first visit to the dentist I asked the dental practitioner, and she said that either is just fine, especially since we are now living in an age where technological developments like this are becoming more common in everyday life. I would imagine that electric toothbrushes are far more popular, as they clean teeth to a far higher standard.
The toothbrush retails at £30, which I think is a solid investment, as you can't put a price on a healthy smile.
Suitable for ages 3 years +
Rechargeable - 2-pin UK shaver/bathroom plug fitted
Boots: Currently £15.99
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My son had nagged for quite some time about wanting an electric toothbrush and I had always put it off for one reason or another. When he received money for his birthday at the beginning of May we went shopping and were in boots when he spotted the oral-b stages power brush which was designed in the theme of Disney's cars film. He has to have it and what was better was that it was half price selling for £14.99 instead of £29.99.
== What is it? ==
The item is basically a standard oral-b electric toothbrush but as it is designed in the cars theme it really appeals to children as it looks fun. This of course will appeal to a parent as we all know how sometimes our children don't want to brush their teeth!
The toothbrush comes packed in one of those sealed tough plastic cases which seem to be virtually impossible to open! There are guidelines marked on the plastic on where to cut to open the pack but even using that it was a nightmare! After some cutting and finally some pulling of plastic I was able to get the pack open and remove the items.
In the pack you receive the toothbrush, the charging unit and the instructions. The toothbrush itself is red and blue on the base whilst the head features pictures of some of the cars characters as well as a small oral-b logo. I have to say it does look quite fun for a child but my son also felt grown up that he had an electric toothbrush rather than a standard one.
The charging unit has a shaver style plug and so you need to have an adapter plug to plug in to the mains when charging the product. These are picked up from many places such as large supermarkets for a small cost so this wasn't really an issue....besides, we stole one from my mum!
== Using the toothbrush ==
I have to say that initially my soon saw the toothbrush as a bit of a play thing and thought it was fun to switch it on and off but this soon passes and it is now only touched when he needs to brush his teeth.
We learned the hard way and quite quickly that it is probably best to switch the toothbrush on when it is in the mouth and ready to brush the teeth! The first time my son used it he applied his toothpaste to the head and switched it on before it was in his mouth and was promptly covered in splats of toothpaste as the head whizzed round!
I did think that my son would not be keen on the sensation of the toothbrush moving around in his mouth but he was fine. He giggled a lot at first saying that it was tickling him but of course now he is used to that sensation and it is jus the norm for him.
My son is six and although he likes to be quite independent I do like to quickly go over his teeth once he has had a go just to make sure they are done properly and it is usually advised that you do this until your child is around seven years of age.
What I think is an excellent feature of this toothbrush is that it has a two minute timer. Dentists advise that two minutes is the best amount of time to brush your teeth for on each occasion and so this is perfect. As the toothbrush buzzes whilst it works after one minute is stutters advising you to move on to the top set of teeth after brushing the bottom or vice versa and then again after another minute so that you know when to stop. My son really follows this and I have to say that it surprised me how long two minutes was really as I am pretty sure I didn't use to make him brush for that long previously!
We rinse the brush after every use using cold water and at the end of the day we pull off the head and give it a quick wipe down to make sure all is well for the next day. I think this is important as sometimes toothpaste can accumulate at the bottom of the head and it might cause issues with the functionality of the product. Removing the head is very simple indeed as it just pulls off and slots back on easily with no fuss.
== Care and maintenance ==
We charge the brush overnight once every four days or so. A full charge requires sixteen hours and should provide a week worth of brushing using it twice a day. We tend to put it on charge once my son goes to bed and then pull it off in the morning so I would say around twelve hours gives us a reasonable amount of charge.
The head features a colour strip so this will begin to fade within a three month period letting you know that it is time to replace the head. My son's toothbrush head is becoming splayed too as he sometimes has a tendency to bit on it so I will need to replace the head very soon. These can be purchased for £10.90 for a pack of two from amazon which isn't cheap but I am conscious that my son's teeth are getting quite a deep clean using this product.
I think it is important with a product such as this to routinely check for signs of damage or that it is in good working order but so far so good for us with this. We keep the charger in my son's room so it is away from water but of course you should always take care with electrical items and water should you keep the charger in the bathroom.
== Final thoughts ==
For the price that we paid for this toothbrush I have to say that it is a very good price. I would not like to pay £29.99 for it though as I do think that is a bit steep when you have replacement heads to buy as well. I do think they set should have come with at least one replacement head as standard though.
I am confident though that this is a high quality product which is helping to ensure that my son's teeth are well looked after. It is easy to use, well made and also fun for a child to own and use. If you can get it for a good price I would certainly recommend it.
I am not sure that I would have bought a product like this for my son before he was six as I just think an ordinary toothbrush would suffice then but I am pleased that we own it now. The product is not suitable for children younger than three anyway but I personally feel I would not buy it for another couple of years for my child so that he could use it properly and not be scared by the new sensations.
All in all though certainly a recommended product from my son and I
Thank you for reading my review!