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Oral-B Stages Disney Cars Power Electric Toothbrush
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Oral-B Stages Disney Cars Power Electric Toothbrush
Date: 20/10/11, updated on 12/08/12 (139 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans more effectively than a regular toothbrush
Disadvantages: The cars images aren't very big on the toothbrush
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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Summary: Faster than Fast, Quicker than Quick, sparkling teeth
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