My daughter hated having her teeth brushed. Loathed it. I was anxious about this, as you can imagine. Although the rest of us used electric toothbrushes she refused to let us introduce her to them. Like many younger children she found the noise and movement rather off-putting. But even her cute Winnie the Pooh manual toothbrush was spurned. A friend gave here this Tooth Tunes brush for her birthday when she was seven. I hardly even hoped she'd take it out of the packet. Later on that evening I found her brother sitting on the bed making the brush 'rock you'. I crossed my fingers. My daughter was watching with interest and I hoped she'd finally take the carrot and want to brush her own teeth.
Next morning, to my amazement, there she was brushing her teeth. With enjoyment. Freddy Mercury had succeeded where the dentist had failed: she was spending the right amount of time doing her teeth. Whether this brush delivers as good a clean as some of the Braun electric brushes is hard to tell. Even though a child is cleaning for two minutes it's hard to tell whether they're moving the brush round the teeth religiously. I suspect some teeth are being missed, in fact I can see this from their appearance. However, now we are in a different frame of mind it will be easy to encourage better efforts.
I've impressed with the quality of the brush. We've had it for well over a year now and I never imagined it would last that long. We are still rocking!
Our daughter really struggles to brush her teeth, she is currently being assessed as may be austistic, she's 11 and doesn't like the feel of the toothbrush on her teeth but particularly wobbly ones. We've tried electric toothbrush and she doesn't like that either.
There comes a point where you'll just try all the various toothbrushes you can! I saw these singing toothbrushes last year, in fact my neice had one. My daughter liked the look of it and so when I saw then in Home Bargains (my fav shop) at a decent price I thought I'll have one of those for the stocking.
She was so pleased when she opened it, her's plays the tune 'Walk away' by Kelly Clarkson. There are many different toothbrushes with different tunes depending on what your child likes. It's the size of an electric toothbrush really and I was a bit concerned the head may be too big for a child as I know they are supposed to be smaller for small children but now my daughter's 11 I thought it would be ok.
The batteries are inside already and cannot be replaced, this is a bit of a downer although I don't know yet which will get worn out first the toothbrush head or the tune!! It's fairly heavy for a small child I would say.
How to use
Basically when you switch it on, it starts playing a tune that can be heard the best when you're brushing your teeth, you kind of hear it in your head, you can hear it playing if you're not brushing your teeth but it's not very loud! Now for some children with autism I guess this wouldn't work but for some reason my daughter doesn't mind I think it's because she particularly likes music and actually it doesn't vibrate although she can feel the actual toothbrush handle vibrate. I have no idea how this gimick works but she loves it. You are supposed to clean your teeth until the tune stops so that you've cleaned your teeth the correct amount of time.
I've seen this toothbrush ranging from £2.99 in Home Bargains (obviously they're hit and miss because they only have so many in) to £10 on amazon.
I feel that this is a great buy if bought at the lower end of the budget ie £2.99, I feel it's a lot to spend £10 on a toothbrush that won't last for long, having said that anything that will get kids enjoying cleaning their teeth is a great thing. I only wish they had these kind of things when I was a kid! The only thing with all these things is the novelty does wear off after a little while although my daughter still uses it - it doesn't have the wow factor.
I first saw these when my daughter was opening her Christmas presents last year, and my first impressions were, great concept but lets see how long it lasts.
My daughter isn't a fan of brushing her teeth, those of you who are used to reading my reviews about children's products will be realising that my daughter isn't a fan of much.
OK, so when she opened this particular Christmas present it was thrown to the side instantly and the next present was quickly being tugged at.
Bedtime came and she asked for her new toothbrush. It is battery operated, though that is purely for the music, the head does not rotate or anything. I has an on off button and only plays music (in our case Hannah Montana "Rock Star") when you place pressure on the head, i.e when you are brushing your teeth. My daughter loved this and kept brushing for 2 minutes. Happy mummy.
She uses this toothbrush everyday and it is still running on its original battery! impressive.
It has a rubber grip on the back. The heads aren't changeable, the head is flexible.
I am impressed with this toothbrush although the thought of having music travelling through my teeth is possibly questionable.
The cheapest I have seen these priced at is £4.49 including delivery at play.com.
They come in a good variety of tunes.
A good stocking filler.
I first saw these bizarre sounding musical toothbrushes advertised about eighteen months ago and I couldn't decide whether these were a brilliant idea or an expensive gimmick! When I saw the advertised price per toothbrush as being £7.99 I decided that they were the latter as there is no way that I would pay that much for a toothbrush, however great they may be! When I spotted them for sale at £2.99 each in Wilkinson's last December, however, I thought they must be worth a shot at that price and one found its way in my oldest son's Christmas stocking!
The 'unique selling point' of these toothbrushes is not just that they are electronic brushes marketed at kids, nor even that they are musical but that the music itself can, allegedly, only be heard while you are actually brushing your teeth. The tunes are much funkier than your average musical toothbrush. No nursery rhymes here - these toothbrushes are aimed at much cooler kids and feature modern pop songs instead. The two toothbrushes we have purchased so far have featured Queen's 'We Will Rock You' and 'Let's Get it Started' by The Black-Eyed Peas.
The novelty value means that my son was practically begging to be allowed to clean his teeth more often and even wanted to take his latest toothbrush to bed with him! (He has a habit of taking new well-loved toys to bed with him although we draw the line at toothbrushes!) The only drawback is that although the music can mainly be heard by the person brushing their teeth it is still plainly audible by everybody else in the bathroom. The brush makes that irritating sort of tinny music sound, reminiscent of sitting on the bus next to somebody playing their walkman in the olden days! If you need any extra evidence that the music can be heard by everybody else, my youngest son was able to quite clearly sing 'We Will Rock You' by the age of eighteen months and totally associates that song with tooth cleaning! In fact, we have to sing nursery rhymes or pop songs to him now in order to get him to clean his teeth!
We would be tempted to buy one for our youngest but the head size of the standard sized brushes would be too big for his little mouth. Tooth Tunes have introduced a smaller version that might be suitable for him but I've only seen those ones for sale in Argos and Boots for the full RRP of £7.99 and that's more than I'm prepared to pay. The standard size brushes would be suitable for children aged about four or five and older, given the size of the head. You do need to apply quite considerable pressure on the brush to make the music louder and a younger child might find it a bit difficult to use independently.
The brushes are operated by a non-replaceable battery and the heads cannot be replaced either so this could be an expensive purchase if you pay full price. Having said that, our first toothbrush lasted well over six months with daily use and the battery was still alive and kicking when we finally disposed of it (as the head seemed somewhat worse for wear by that point.) Thankfully, I managed to drop on the brushes on sale for £1.99 at Home Bargains (I love that shop!) and replaced it with a new model and new tune. Now we all be singing the Black-Eyed Peas in our heads instead!
I'd recommend any parents to try one of these with their reluctant tooth-brushers, particularly if you manage to find a cheap supply. I think the full RRP is very expensive but, admittedly, the brush does last for a long time and it definitely does encourage kids to keep their teeth sparkly white.
Last Christmas Santa very kindly put a tooth tunes toothbrush in my sons stocking for him. He was really excited when he unwrapped it, especially when he discovered the song it played was Queens - We will rock you ( he is a budding rock star).
To open the packet we had to get a pair off scissors as it was made of the thick see through plastic that is glues together round the edges.
Once we got it open my son rushed to the bathroom to wash it and put his favourite minty toothpaste on it. He put it in his mouth and it appeared like nothing was happening.
When I looked closely at it, I realised that you have to push the brush piece back quite far to get the tune to play and even when it does play it is extremely quite. So when his sister was standing beside him shouting excitedly no-one could hear the music.
The handle of the actual toothbrush is chunky but I find it too chunky for little hands.The base is flat which is great as it easily stands up.
My son found it difficult to work this as if he scrubbed his teeth hard enough to make the music play it hurt his teeth and if he brushed normally then the music didnt work, it was this reason that he very quickly went back to using a normal toothbrush.
I wouldnt buy another one and I dont think they are that well designed for young children (my son is 5) and I think that at £7.99 they are very expensive, especially as the y need changed every few months.
A great idea but need improving.
Isnt't it really annoying when children create havoc when it comes to brushing there teeth. So say goodbye to tantrums and tears as I believe I have finally found the answer. Well it works for my 6 year old anyway!!
Created by Hasbro Tooth Tunes Toothbrushes are a revolutionary new product which will change the way your children brush their teeth forever. The item purchased is a blue coloured brush with a picture of the Rock band Queen on the front. It has a button which when pressed and after hearing a small beep plays the classic tune by Queen "We Will Rock You". The concept of the brush is that it constantly plays sound waves through your teeth as you brush and as a result music will be heard inside your head. If your children keep a constant pressure while brushing they will hear the song very clearly and will be able to listen to the entire two minute sound clip. If the pressure of brushing drops the quality of the sound will decrease. Hence it encourages a constant level of brushing for the recommended two minutes required for effective oral hygiene.
These brushes come in a variety of colours with different music available so you are sure to find one in the right colour and in band that your children love whatever their gender. The product has a slightly smaller head than an average toothbrush so ideal for fitting in to smaller mouths. (Hasbro have also introduced Tooth Tunes Junior for infants). The brush handle has a sleek design so again suitable for younger users as it fits comfortably into smaller hands. Easy to clean afterwards. Encourages brushing in a fun way and as a result can improve oral hygiene habits. Recommended by the British dental Association.
Encourages brushing which may become too hard to maintain the correct volume of music and subsequently could be bad for the teeth if it's used inappropriately. I would therefore recommend supervision in its use particularly for younger children. The brush comes with batteries which are non-replaceable. Unaware at this stage how long they will actually last as have only had the toothbrush in my possession for a few weeks. There are a lot of variations in price so I would recommend shopping around to get the best deals.
I would highly recommend this item as it has been very successful in our household. It encourages brushing and makes this normally tedious task for children fun. There are a huge variety of different songs to choose from so keeps up with all the latest popular groups and songs (something for everyone). I would happily give this product a five star rating.
Most parents will have at some point experienced a conversation a little like the following .
Parent : Have you brushed your teeth?
Child : Not Yet
Parent: Well, go and do them?
*10 seconds pass*
Child: Mummy, I've done them!
Me and my daughter (6) used to have this conversation every day, twice a day. Try as I might I couldn't get her to understand that brushing your teeth properly takes time .
So, I'd read a couple of reviews about these, and decided to nip out and buy one, picking one that played the Scissor Sisters - I don't feel like dancing, which is a song my daughter currently loves. It cost me 7.99, which isn't too bad really.
It send vibrations that make the music play through your teeth so you can hear it, although I can hear it without it being in my daughters mouth, just by pressing it onto my finger - my daughter has yet to learn that trick though With the song clips being timed at 2 minutes, the recommended brushing time, I can be satisfied she's getting a good clean - several in fact, as she's taken to using it even after snacks!
Its recommended for ages 7 and up - my daughter uses hers under my supervision, although there is a Tooth Tunes Junior for ages three and up, my daughter wouldn't have appreciated the music on that one - If you're happy and you know it .
Its available in other colours and with other songs - I remember seeing on the shelf Destinys Child and Mcfly. I'd definately recommend it for children who don't normally like brushing their teeth, or who maybe aren't so good at timing it . Its fun, and it works .
My daughter had the usual long wish list for Christmas presents this year and apart from the pink ds everything else seemed to have high school musical preceeding the name of the present. I had the high school musical dressing gown, pjs slippers etc. and then just a few days before Christmas I spotted a high school musical tooth tunes musical toothbrush in Boots and thought it would just complete the set.
The toothbrush which is similarly sized and shaped to your average toothbrush claims to be a new innovation in toothbrushing as it plays High School Musical's "What Time Is It?" through your teeth up your jawbone and into your head for the recommended two minutes it should take to brush your teeth clean.
This happens as the brush itself has a chip embedded in the handle that plays the song and the unit is approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.
It was only when santa was placing the brush in her stocking on Christmas eve that I looked past the words high school musical and realized that the brush was actually white and blue I had visions of my daughter looking at me on Christmas morning eyes downturned saying over and over "but I only like pink" but as it was a little late to get a replacement it went in.
Christmas morning arrived, the stocking was opened and her favourite bits brought in to me to show off which thankfully included the hsm tooth brush. After opening the big presents downstairs the first thing she asked before even turning the pink ds on was "can I brush my teeth now", result indeed and still no complaints about it being blue.
Once it was opened myself, sons and daughter were all in the bathroom excited at the prospect of this new fangled brush. We took it in turns to switch it on and press it against our hands and there was an almost inaudible tune which appeared to come from the brush.
We were a little skeptical about whether it was going to work any better inside your mouth but my daughter then added a little toothpaste, pressed the on button (little sound) and then began to brush her teeth, immediately she started nodding her head up and down and the hips began to sway and no amount of persuasion from the boys wanting a go got it out of her mouth until she had her full two minutes. If its possible to smile while brushing your teeth then she was certainly doing a good impression of it.
That evening instead of trying to avoid brushing or claiming she had already done it she was more than happy to waltz off into the bathroom and bop along to one of her favourite high school musical tunes.
I will admit that curiousity got the better of me and after catching the boys not using it but putting it up against a single tooth and moving it gently I had to have a go to. The tune is surprisingly loud and reasonably clear and it really does feel like it appears in your head from inside your mouth. You can even vary the volume by how hard you press although this may result in the tune going slightly off. It would definitely keep a child brushing for longer than normal.
Makes kids more likely to brush their teeth
Makes the two minute recommended brushing time easier to gauge
Lots of different tunes available
Easy to use even for a four year old
At £7.99 it's a lot more expensive than an average manual toothbrush
The batteries for the music are non replaceable
The brush head is not replaceable.
- - Would I buy another one - -
This was a very well received present and I think any child getting this as a gift for Christmas or birthdays would be surprisingly thankful considering it's a toothbrush, however I wouldn't purchase it again unless it was at least 50% cheaper or it was possible to replace the batteries and head.
'Tooth Tunes', made by Hasbro, are toothbrushes which play music as you brush. The makers claim that the music "plays through your teeth so you hear it in your head". Apparently then, it uses your teeth and head as an amplifier to resonate the sound. In reality, the brush can be heard at a fair volume without it even being in your mouth. The sound quality isn't very good - but what do you expect from a toothbrush!
When using the brush, the volume of the song can be raised by increasing the brushing pressure - whilst benefitting those who are hard of hearing - it's not necessarily a good idea to encourage kids to brush too hard. The good aspect of the Toothtunes brush is that the song clip plays for two minutes, which is the recommended brushing time for a decent clean.
The brush end has been approved by the Dental Health Foundation - so this is a great product for kids, as it's safe and will definitely encourage brushing.
Tooth Tunes cost £5 each - which isn't bad for something which has such a novelty value. There are loads of songs available, including the Black Eyed Peas - "Let's Get It Started", Queen's - "We Will Rock You", Jamiroquai's - "Canned Heat" and many more.
Perhaps the next step is the Toothbrush Mp3 player - if so... royalties to me please :)
The product I will review is "Tooth tunes", for anyone not familiar with this product it was apparently (according to my 6 year old daughter), the in thing around Christmas. I shouldn't really know too much about this product due to the fact that "Santa" brought these little delights for my children as part of their Christmas box, but here we go anyway!!
~~~~~~ THE PRODUCT ~~~~~~
Tooth Tunes are effectively toothbrushes that play music, sound pretty crap don't they, I know that's what I thought when they were brought to my attention, they are in fact a little more than that.
The toothbrushes come in seven different colours with corresponding songs,
Lime green - Scissor sisters, I don't feel like dancing,
Dark green - Black eyed peas, lets get it started,
Light pink - Destiny's child, survivor,
Dark pink - Kelly Clarkson, walk away,
Dark blue - Kiss, rock and roll all night,
Light blue - Queen, we will rock you,
Lilac - Mcfly, I'll be ok.
The whole idea behind these brushes are actually to encourage children to brush their teeth correctly and are even backed by the "British dental health foundation".
Ok, so now we are onto the reasonably technical bit, the selling point of these brushes are that you can't hear the music unless you are brushing your teeth!! Still confused, I will elaborate further...............
The brushes have a single music chip inside the handle, once the small rubber button has been pressed on the front of the handle you then have to push the brush head against your teeth, this sends sound waves through the brush, into your jawbone and then straight into you inner ear, thus having a private performance of your favourite popstar inside your head!!!
The upside for parents of these brushes are that they encourage brushing for the recommended amount of time. The songs play for exactly 2 minutes, and I have to be honest, my children rarely took the brushes from their mouths until the song had finished, bonus!!
~~~~~~ THE BRUSHES ~~~~~~
As I mentioned before the brushes come in a range of seven colours, all have really chunky handles, which as the recommended age is 7 onwards, should be no problem, but my 3 year old would have had a fit if he didn't have one from Santa, so he found it a little difficult at times, and just sucked the brush a lot of the time, so he wouldn't have to hold it too much!
All have sealed and watertight bases and on/off buttons, unfortunately that means that if the music goes before the brush head does, there is no way of replacing the batteries.
However, in our case the brushes went first, and again the brush heads are none replaceable, thus causing more grief, as I refused to buy a new one every two months due to the price,( I know, horrible, miserable tight mummy!!).
Emblazoned on the chest of the brush is "tooth tunes", in large lettering.
The brush head itself is reasonably small and has soft bristles, also note the tune is activated by pressing the head against the teeth, so the head is quite malleable.
~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~
The price for these are £7.99, which is an ok price for a present or an occasional treat, unfortunately my budget just doesn't stretched to replacing them regularly, however much I rate them!
I purchased these from Toys R us, bearing in mind they were like gold dust before Christmas, and was more than grateful to my friends partner that works there, that he was able to actually get them. Since then of course I have seen them quite readily available in Wilkinsons.
There is also a website that they can be purchased from directly - www.toothtunes.com
Would I recommend these, well yes I would, although they have a certain novelty feel about them, I do think they encourage the child in their quest for oral hygiene.
Thanks for reading!!
Get your kids brushing their teeth to the music of Queen 'We Will Rock You'.