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I have always been a fan of Colgate myself so when it came to brushing my son's teeth I picked a Colgate tooth brush. I picked the Colgate smiles toothbrush from Wilkinsons for only £1. This one was selected because it was on offer, Colgate and a vibrant green and blue colour. There is a variety of different designs/colours in the Colgate smiles range. This junior toothbrush is about half the size of an adult's toothbrush at approx. 12cm. The handle is stumpy and chunky which allows a good grip for little hands and also has non-slip ridges on the back. The bristles are coloured and are varied lengths for easy cleaning and to allow the bristles to get between your teeth. My little boy has a habit of biting down on the bristles rather than brushing so this has resulted in the bristles spreading however I imagine this would happen to any brush as their designed for brushing not chewing!! The colour and design have helped me get my little one to clean his teeth as he picks his brush up and says "green - clean" I would recommend this brush to anyone with a toddler and I will continue to use this range until he outgrows it.
I'm very loyal to Colgate, although I'll flirt with other brands I always come back to them. We've all got Colgate toothbrushes with Hollie having a Smiles brush in the second size, for little ones between two and six years old. I replace her brush very regularly (even though she's four she hasn't quite got out of the habit of chewing while she's brushing) so she's had plenty of different designs over the past couple of years. Usually they're a Colgate created cartoon character, although sometimes they'll endorse a particular 'famous' character such as Shrek (which I think is available at the moment) or Barbie. Hollie's current brush is a combination of purple and pink, very girly with an uber feminine ice-skating lass adorning the handle. The Smiles brushes have an oval head which is much smaller than that on an adult's toothbrush, it's been scaled down well to fit the mouths of very small children and the whole thing is in perfect proportion. The handle is chunky, which makes it easy for small hands to grip - Hollie started using this toothbrush just before she was two and has always been comfortable holding it. I can't think of a time when she ever dropped it and the shape of the brush seems to encourage the correct brushing motion, which sounds strange but since I started buying her this brush she's always been able to clean her own teeth to the standard where I really don't need to 'go over them' again. The bristles are very soft, but pressing a finger into them shows they're flexible enough to provide a good clean. The bristles come in 'clumps' of different height, which Colgate say is to clean all surfaces of every tooth. This makes sense, although I can't really see what a couple of millimetres is going to do and think perhaps this is a bit of a gimmick - it gives the brush head a nice zig-zag effect though! The centre of the bristly bit is always a different colour and this isn't just to make the brush attractive. I only recently found out that they are designed like this so that the different coloured bristles act as a toothpaste guide for older children. It's a great idea in theory, but in reality Hollie just isn't co-ordinated enough to get the toothpaste in the right place yet. Anyway I suspect the guide might be a bit off as the fruity toothpastes Hollie prefers can be overloaded onto the brush, but you'd want less of the more minty children's toothpastes. The handle of the Smiles toothbrush is soft with a lovely silky texture, the back of the handle is lightly moulded with finger guides to ensure your child is always holding the brush correctly. This is important as I recently watched a friends son brushing his teeth and he was holding his brush so caggy-handed that it was completely ineffective. I go back to my previous statement that the Smiles brush helps Hollie actually get into the motion of brushing her teeth, now I'm sure it's at least partly down to the way the handle is shaped. Hollie brushes twice a day, with extras thrown in if she's eaten lots of sugary food. Her teeth are in beautiful condition with a real shine to them, which I put down to a combination of good quality toothpaste and this Smiles toothbrush. The head of the brush is perfect, protecting her gums from the knocks she'd be bound to get if she was using a more square shaped brush. The bristles are soft enough to be uber kind to little teeth, but are strong enough to give a very thorough clean. We recently all chewed a little tablet that showed red where there was removeable dirt on our teeth, the idea being that you'd go and brush the red away and then your teeth were clean. Hollie had only brushed her teeth ten minutes earlier but I was still surprised to see hardly any red staining her teeth, I'd just eaten a cinnamon bun so my teeth practically glowed red! This tells me I can have confidence in this toothbrush to give Hollie the very best clean possible. The Smiles range comes in lots of different colours to suit every child. Hollie likes the girly princess-looking brushes but I've also seen red racing car ones, trendy lime (as pictured above) and plenty more that I can't quite think of now! There's plenty to choose from for girls and boys, with many not being particularly gender specific in colour despite the sex of the character on the handle. You can expect to pay around £1.79 for Smiles toothbrushes, my local Poundland occasionally has them in but I personally think they're worth the full price in Boots or Tesco. Obviously I do buy them from Poundland when I see them, but Unlucky Albert here never seems to spot them at the times Hollie needs a new brush!
I started brushing my daughters teeth (more like gums!) at a young age to make sure they were kept in a good, clean condition. However, the older she got the more she would protest having her teeth brushed and it reached the point where she would just clamp her mouth shut. She's been visiting the dentist with me to get her used to it and my dentist recommended she picked out her own toothbrush. Something so simple, that I would never have thought about, I usually just pick one out and throw it in the trolley. So when we went shopping I got her out of the trolley and she had a great time picking out her new toothbrush. She picked a Colgate Smiles brush. There are lots of different designs in the Colgate smiles range, my daughter picked out a pink and yellow brush with three little characters on the front. It comes in normal toothbrush packaging with the cardboard back and see through plastic front allowing you to see the toothbrush. The cardboard has a line down the middle, letting you open it with ease, so it seems, but I usually end up in a pickle and rip it out in anger in the end. The toothbrush itself is a lot smaller than an adult brush. It's around 15cm long and the head of the brush is also smaller than a normal size adult one, but it is all in proportion and just like a scale model of an adult toothbrush. The handle is quite chunky so ideal for little hands, it also has little grooves in the back so children can hold it comfortably. The bristles come in three different colours, and it seems like they are of different lengths, only slightly though. I would imagine this is to get into all the little nitty gritty spots. The colour in the middle of the bristles is supposed to act as a guide as to where to place the toothpaste, and how much to use, but my two year old isn't going to grasp this concept anytime soon. The bristles feel soft to the touch, but are quite strong so give good results when brushing. As I said before, my daughter used to clamp her mouth shut when the time came to brush her teeth, but now she picked out this brush for herself I'm sure she would brush her teeth all day long if she could. She has grasped the concept of brushing the back, front, top and bottom teeth well and wont let me 'finish it off' for her, I'm not too worried as she can brush them well. This toothbrush costs anywhere from £1 upwards, and I'd definitely pay this again. It has made my daughter enjoy brushing her teeth and is effective at getting a good clean.
My daughter, at three years old is already developing my sweet tooth. If it's not a sweet treat she is after then you can almost guarantee she will be munching away on a banana or some grapes. That's why, in our house teeth brushing is one of the most important things we do in the day. As well as me thoroughly brushing my daughter's teeth I am trying to encourage her to brush herself, this she is very willing to do and she does thoroughly enjoy brush time. As well as at home her nursery encourage teeth brushing and that involves me also taking a brush into nursery for her to use. At this stage we are still experimenting with different brands of toothbrushes for my daughter, with ever changing brands and makes coming onto the market choice is not an issue but finding a good quality brush that my daughter will also be able to use is just two of the points on my testing check list. This tooth brush, the Colgate smiles, ticks both of those boxes and more. The Colgate smiles toothbrush usually costs £2.00 but I have found it in asda for £1.00 on many occasions. The brush comes in several colours, we have had a pink one a yellow one and a green one, I am not sure if they do any other colours than those. The toothbrush is designed for children/toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4 years. The toothbrush comes packaged in a colourful packet which has a clear section to show the toothbrush itself, it's very attractive and is probably designed to attract children from the shopping trolley seat! It also has an easy to open tab at the back to get the toothbrush out without having to fight with the packet. The toothbrush itself is relatively small in size; it's the perfect size for a two to four year old to be able to hold by themself. It also has a large chunky handle with an easy grip section at the back, my daughter never has any difficulty with holding the brush and the way that it's shaped really allows her to get a firm grip of it. The toothbrush also has a very attractive design, the colours vary depending on which one you buy but they have three smiley faces on the handle of the brush, my daughter really enjoys this and likes to point out what each of the colours are. The brush head is the perfect size for a toddler, my daughter is easily able to reach all of her teeth without any problems. The bristles are also softer than an adults brush to protect her sensitive gums. I haven't found this to be a problem with brushing however, her teeth are always sparkling white after brushing and I feel satisfied that her teeth are clean. The brush head is just big enough to apply a pea sized amount of toothpaste so I have no problems from that aspect either. I really like this toothbrush and this is our first choice when we are shopping for a new one. I have no concerns with it and I feel happy that it cleans my daughter's teeth well. My daughter is also a big fan of this toothbrush, she really enjoys the colours and pictures and she is easily able to brush her own teeth with ease. I would highly recommend it.