Product Type: Oral-B electric toothbrushes
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An Electronic Gadget just for kids.
Oral-B Stages Disney Cars Power Electric Toothbrush
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Oral-B Stages Disney Cars Power Electric Toothbrush
Advantages: Self timer, effective, bright design
Disadvantages: Charger only lasts 5 days
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.
Summary: A great buy at the right price
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