I have 2 boys and bought them both electric toothbrushes quite recently as I thought that it woud encourage them to brush more often and also because my husband always uses an electric toothbrush and swears that they are better for cleaning and gum protection. I disagreed as I have never had any problems with my teeth and so did a bit of digging...
According to the Acacedmy of General Dentistry, the best toothbrush to buy is one that you will actually use regardless if it is electric or manual and so a toothbrush that encourages my boys to brush was on my shopping list and seeing as they love all things electrical, an electric brush it was.
The eldest boy would not have appreciated a Jungle Book brush so I opted for a plain one for him but for my youngest who was 5 at the time, I spotted this in Home Bargains for just £2.99 (rrp £7.99) so at that price I couldnt resist. (Loving all things Disney myself!)
The brush is blue and lime green with a cute picture of baloo the bear on the front and the idea is that the musical brush talks to you and plays songs, with the concept that the better (more effective) you brush, then the louder the music will play. The brush also greets you and asks if you are ready and then congratulates you at the end saying 'Great Job!'
The head is made from soft rounded bristles that are kind to both teeth and gums but unfortunetly it is irreplaceable however the AA batteries that the brush comes with are and can be inserted at the base of the brush but this is a little fiddly as you would need one of them tiny screwdrivers. I would suggest that its not worth replacing the batteries anyway as the bristles do tend to get a bit bent after all that vigerous brushing!!
It is absolutely great and cheers the nowty so and so's up in the morning when they are getting ready for school without much enthusiasm at all. You cant help but smile when the songs are playing, I love it and wished I would have bought more in for Christmas stocking fillers.
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My daughter is a pain in the bum when i try to get her to brush her teeth in the morning and at bed time, its a real struggle as she wont let me help her or she does not brush them long enough.
I first seen the musical tooth brushes at my sisters house as she bought them for her kids and she raved on about them so i thought i would give it a go and buy one for my daughter. Anything that would encourage her to brush her teeth is worth a shot.
I seen them in all the big super markets like tesco and asda for almost £8.00 but i spotted them in B&Ms for £1.99 for the same tooth brush. I bought 2 tooth brushes because they were so cheap.
They are ment for 3 years and over, the tooth brush handle is chunky which is perfect for small hands to grip. The tooth brush is blue and green in colour. The on and off button is easy for kids to push by them selfs. The brush is round and a good size for small teeth and nice soft bristles that will not harm teeth or gums.
Its very easy to use, you turn on the brush and the music starts to play, I bought the jungle book tooth brush that plays the theme music of the film. My daughter has watched the jungle book many times and loves the songs. The music plays for about 1 min 20 secs, my daughter understands that she has to brush her teeth properly until the music stops.
The music tooth brush is a fantastic invention, it has helped my daughter to be more interested in brushing her teeth and loves dancing about when using it. It has took the stress out of her bed time routine. I highly recommend this tooth brush for kids, you wont be disappointed if you buy it. You can buy them with different music from mcfly to black eyed peas! Theres one to suit everyone.
My only little niggle is that you cant replace the batteries in the tooth brush but i got mine cheap enough so its just a wee niggle.
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I bought this toothbrush for my 4 year old niece, who is at that age where brushing your teeth is boring, and much encouragement is needed!
I was drawn to this toothbrush because it is clearly very child friendly - there are a number of different styles and colours, although the one that I bought my niece is blue and green with a picture of a bear on it.
What also attracted me to this toothbrush was the fact that it encourages children to brush their teeth by making it fun - music is played when the toothbrush is turned on. The interesting thing about this toothbrush is that it plays the music louder, depending on the pressure applied to the teeth. The harder my niece brushes her teeth, the louder the volume! My niece loves singing along to the jungle book tune and it will often encourage her to brush her teeth until the end of the tune and longer. The tunes also come in different sounds - such as the Lion King which is a big favourite with little ones.
The toothbrush itself is easy for kids to operate, with a large button at a side. The bristles are soft and do the trick.
The only issue is that the toothbrush heads and batteries cannot be replaced, so when it runs out you will have to buy a new one - not exacly environmentally friendly or cost efective!
The price however is reasonable, you can buy these at places like home bargins and wilkinsons for £1.99, or at other shops and online at amazon at approximately £5.
Worth buying as they will encourage a child to brush their teeth - but best if you can get them cheap so shop around.
My sister bought the tooth tunes for Jess and Hannah last month. I have seen these for sale in a few shops but never bought them as never expected them to be so good. Not only is the jungle book there favourite disney film but it plays there favourite song too bear necessities.
The toothbrush costs under £5.00 and includes the AA battery as well. The battery goes in at the bottom of the brush and requires a small screw driver. They are full sized toothbrushes.
The main colours are green and blue, the blue is actually the rubber grip on the toothbrush, it has the jungle book written at the bottom of the handle along with a picture of the bear. I like the toothbrush as the head is small and gets into the hard to reach places , the bristles are nice and soft and don't harm the gums. When pressing the button on the toothbrush it gives a quick introduction saying get ready to brush and then the song starts, the song and words are very clean and quite loud.
Hannah and Jess brush from the start of the song until the end, they actually enjoy brushing teeth now before it was a chore.
This definitely encourages brushing, makes a good job of cleaning the teeth and gums, easy for the girls to use and a quality product well made.
Tooth tunes have loads of different ones to choose from high school musical, mcfly, queen and much more.
I will be buying a new one each when needed they are fantastic i highly recommend the tooth tunes toothbrush.
I bought my son a tooth tunes junior toothbrush from Home Bargains as I spotted them for £1.99 and thought it seemed like a bargain.
My son has never really caused much fuss about having his teeth brushed except when he has been teething so haven't been over concerned but he always wants to use my electric toothbrush although this doesn't have the rotating action of a toothbrush they do have a button to press which is very exciting to a three year old.
The concept of these toothbrushes is that as you increase the pressure the volume increases. There are a few versions around my son's sings if you are happy and you know it brush your teeth. The brush is designed for children three years and over and I gave my son his couple of months before his third birthday. I found the head was small and identical in size to the brush he already had and the bristles were soft. The brush head and batteries are not replaceable.
My son's toothbrush is yellow and green with bright green feet and he can easily activate the button. They do have a nice chunky handle which makes it easy to hold and manipulate. The song is `Clearly audible out of the mouth but does increase in volume when pressure is applied. He does get extremely excited and he is learning the difference between the front and back of his teeth. The only part he has not managed to comprehend is when the s toothbrush sings "If you are happy and you know it brush all around" and my son carries on brushing his teeth while dancing around in a circle. I have found that my son's teeth cleaning time has increased as he does tend to enjoy the song. At the End of the song the voice says "great job" in an American accent which my son will then repeat in a very proud tone.When he has finished he is easily able to stand it up and will show me his teeth announcing nice clean teeth. It certainly appears to have given him some pride in teeth cleaning.
I have found the just over two months later the tunes are still going strong but the bristles are wearing down. I was a little concerned that the batteries were non replaceable but to be honest it isn't that necessary as I feel the toothbrush head will wear out long before the songs. I do think overall this has made brush cleaning time more fund and has encouraged him to search further around his mouth to clean. I still do like to have a clean around to ensure they are done properly but I do feel this has taken my son's teeth cleaning skills one stage foreword.
It states on the packaging encourages, motivates and rewards and I completely agree with this statement. While it may have more longevity if head and batteries were replaceable however for £1.99 I am not too upset over this factor. I have found various other tunes available on Amazon ranging from £2.82 to nearly £ 4.
I would recommend these to any parent teaching their little one to brush their teeth.
Having two young boys, I'm well used to the daily struggles of getting them to comply with the boring, but necessary, stuff such as hair washing and tooth brushing and am always looking out for new techniques and products to make these things fun.
Musical 'Tooth Tunes' toothbrushes have been around for several years now and my oldest son has grown accustomed to receiving a different variety in his Christmas stocking every year. The novelty of these toothbrushes is that the music itself can, allegedly, only be heard 'in your head' while you are actually brushing your teeth and the music gets louder and clearer with increased pressure. The standard sized brushes are suitable for children from about five years old and above, as they have quite a large head and need quite a lot of pressure applied for the music to be heard properly.
Tooth Tunes Junior, however, are perfectly designed for younger children from around three years old and, although the full RRP is around £7.99, these can be picked up for less than a fiver which seems quite reasonable for a novelty toothbrush. I bought my youngest son one from Amazon originally and paid around £3-£4 for a single brush although I subsequently found them in Home Bargains for just £1.99. Nowadays, these don't appear to be very widely available although I have recently spotted them in store at Toys R Us for £3.49 each (December 2012.)
These Junior brushes feature a much smaller, rounded head which is ideal for the age group it is aimed at and their little mouths and teeth! The handle is much smaller than the original version and is rounded and much chunkier making it easier for fiercely independent little ones to hold.
The switch used to operate the music is a straightforward chunky button which is just the right size for little fingers to turn on and off easily. My youngest was around two and a half when he received this and was able to press the button himself without any problems. When pressed it makes this strange 'whooshing' sound of noise which he found very amusing, although this was a bit distracting as he kept wanting to turn it on and off rather than actually clean his teeth with it! After the initial turn on, ours plays quite a short, if somewhat tinny, rendition of 'The Bare Necessities' from the Jungle Book. There is also a Lion King version available.
Unlike the standard sized brush, the music can be clearly heard coming from the brush as soon as the button is pressed so it isn't so heavily reliant on the child applying consistent pressure for the song to keep playing. With this Junior version, the music doesn't play for a full two minutes but it does seem to last long enough to clean a toddler's mouth and is in keeping with their limited attention span.
It has certainly been well designed to fit in with the needs and abilities of young children. We have had some struggles using this though as we still need to take control of the brushing really at my son's age to ensure that he cleans his teeth properly and he can get very possessive about this toothbrush and insists on doing it himself. These sorts of battles of will aren't too unusual with a two or three year old though!
Sadly, the brushes are operated by a non-replaceable battery and the heads cannot be replaced either making this neither very environmentally friendly nor particularly cost effective, certainly at full price. My son's has yet to be replaced though despite daily use and is still in full working order.
I think this is a good buy for reluctant tooth brushers and helps to make tooth brushing that little bit more fun for the little ones in the family. No doubt we'll be replacing my son's soon - Hakuna Mattata, here we come!
Get your children brushing their teeth for fun with The Jungle Book tunes.