“ Brand: Colgate / Type: Toothbrush „
My daughter is 6 and unfortunately both of my kids have taken after me with having a sweet tooth. She had always used normal styled manual tooth brushes suited for her age range. My daughter has always been very stubborn and demanded independence whenever she can. She began self feeding at a young age when she refused when I tried to feed her. Tooth brushing was always a challenge as she always wants to do it herself or refuses to do it. I stupidly gave in to her demand at the age of 5 to let her brush her own teeth as she seemed to look like she was doing a good job, however this was a big mistake.
Six months later we visited the dentist on a routine visit and I was told she would need a couple fillings. From that day I decided to cut down on sugary treats and to get her into a good routine with cleaning her teeth.
I went to Tescos and bought a children mouthwash. As I was looking through the tooth cleaning products I noticed this battery operated toothbrush. It was on offer for half price and came in various characters, I've seen Shrek and Spiderman in different colours which is more suited for boys. For girls there is Barbie and Bratz, I saw them in two colours pink and purple. My daughter chose the Bratz purple coloured Colgate toothbrush. These toothbrushes are normally priced about £6.95, so nearly £7. As it was on offer I got it for half this price and this was why I initially decided to purchase this product to try it out.
The product is packaged well and looks very presentable. My daughter was very pleased as appearance wise it appeals to children. It includes the battery which I believe is AA sized. I have never replaced the battery as it easily lasts for about 6 weeks and then it's time to replace the toothbrush anyway as recommended by dentists. So I throw it away and buy a new identical toothbrush but perhaps a different character once the battery dies.
It is similar in brushing style and use as the more expensive electric toothbrushes but does not need to be recharged. Also you can't replace the top of the brush unlike the electric toothbrush that you can buy new brush attachments instead of replacing the whole toothbrush. However the price is reasonable and I think it cleans very well so it is worth replacing the whole brush after 6 weeks. It is gentle on teeth but cleans well as the brush rotates in circles once on and it is easier to clean places she might have missed before. I do give her a hand but I feel confident that she is getting a better clean as before I think we use to brush the teeth to harshly and not thoroughly enough, which is not good in the long run. One slight problem is that when the battery starts to run out obviously the brush rotates much slower and can start and stop for a while.
Being an advocator of electric toothbrushes, and proper teeth cleaning, I tend not to worry if Little Miss sees a "must have" new toothbrush, as I work on the principle that if she moves with the toy times, then she will keep cleaning her teeth.
She had been coveting this one for a while, and when it was on special offer in Boots. It seemed rude and indeed churlish not to buy her one.
Our toothbrush is blue with a picture of one of the blonde Bratz doll on the front. There are 3 designs in all, and toothbrushes can feature any one of Chloe, Yasmin, and Fianna. Highly decorated, with gold squiggles around the Bratz character, it's almost certain to appeal to Bratz fans.
The toothbrush has yellow on/off buttons on the front, which are easy for small fingers to manipulate, and don't require too much effort.
The toothbrush requires 2 xAA batteries, which when the toothbrush is purchased, are included, and already inside the toothbrush. To replace the batteries, all you do is pull gently at the base and the toothbrush will open and new batteries can be inserted.
The handle is quite slim, so not too chunky for little ones to hold. One of the things I like about it is that whilst the front of the handle is curved, the back is completely flat. This makes it easier for Little Miss to apply the toothpaste to the toothbrush- she simply lies it down, instead of trying to hold the toothbrush whilst manipulating the tube of toothpaste.
The head itself has small bristles which feel quite soft. I prefer a harder toothbrush, but I suppose with all those gums and loose teeth on the go, a really hard head would be disastrous! When turned on, the head gently oscillates, and it's intended to clean teeth and sweep away any plaque.
~~How to use it~~~
Using it is very simple, and just like any other toothbrush. Once children are shown where the on/off buttons are, then it's all very simple. One thing to note about this toothbrush is that the brush head is not replaceable, and since it's recommended that a new toothbrush is bought every three months, then this really is a short term thing.
~~Price and Availability~~
We bought ours from Boots, where the RRP is £5.99, although for some reason, we got ours for 99p...what a bargain!!
~~What we think of it~~
This has certainly got the thumbs up in our household. Little Miss has no problems with teeth cleaning, and has favourite toothpastes, and actually enjoys the whole routine. However, this she does like, and has now had two of the things; a different Bratz character each time. The design of the toothbrush ensures that children will like to have it displayed, and the slim handle makes it comfortable to hold.
Made by Colgate, which is a brand I know and trust as far as tooth care is concerned, I am happy with it as well.
The only thing I did find strange is that the head can not be replaced. However, thinking about it, it's probably so that they can make some money out of the characters and also because what for a little person is "in" one day, will be definitely "out" the next. So, it's probably just as well, because this way Little Miss can try out the other characters and get a bit of a collection going.
A recommended toothbrush at a reasonable price.
Thanks for reading.
Featuring Chloe, Yasmin, and Fianna / Specially designed for girls 6 / 13 /