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Trying to get my 2 kids under 5 to start brushing their teeth was a nightmare. Their mum obviously did it when they were small, but trying to teach them to do it themselves was starting to become a nightmare. We spotted the kids Oral B toothpaste being sold in our local pound shop, they had a variety of designs on the tubes so felt this might be a great idea to get the kids brushing their own teeth.
We picked the tube up for £1, which we felt was fantastic value, they can also be purchased in shops such as Tesco or Sainsbury's but for slightly dearer at around £2 a tube.
The tubes are 75ml and are by Oral B, a very well known and trusted brand who sell dental products. The stages rangy by Oral B is designed specifically for children. Our tube in particular has the design of Disney cars, but you can choose from a variety such as Barbie, Winnie The Pooh, Hello Kitty, Toy Story, Mickey Mouse etc.
The fluoride toothpaste is a sugar free gel which comes out of tube blue in colour, but very surprisingly tastes like bubble-gum, the actual flavour is called 'Fruit Burst', but can also be purchased in 'Tutti Frutti 'so my kids love the flavour, I have used it myself to see what they were so excited about and it does taste very sweet and nice, but with it being sugar free I know its ok for my kids.
My kids will now happily brush their teeth with no help because they love the taste of the toothpaste and it also does the job of keeping their teeth clean, nice looking and healthy.
This toothpaste is recommended for ages 5-7 according to their website, but looking at the back of tube it states: Children of 6 years and younger, use a pea sized amount for supervised brushing to minimize swallowing, the misses or I are always there to supervise anyway as the youngest is 2 so still needs help with squeezing the toothpaste onto the toothbrush, however my eldest no longer needs help and is easily able to hold the tube because it is a good size for kids, and can then squeeze the toothpaste onto the toothbrush with ease.
Great for kids to start brushing their own teeth, its even great for kids who already do it with no problem, it just makes it a little more fun. It keeps the kids teeth strong, healthy and smelling/looking fresh, my kids love it.
All of a sudden my little three year old girl has gone from being a great teeth brusher to refusing to brush her teeth at night and in the morning. She screams when we tried to do it and said the mint flavour was too tingly on her tongue and that it made her teeth sting! Ok, so probably a bit of an over-reaction from a three year old but I decided to go look for a flavoured toothpaste for her to taste different than mint and see if that made her actually want to brush her teeth again.
I was looking for strawberry as that's her favourite flavour of yogurt so I thought that would help but all I could find was This Oral B stages bubble gum flavoured toothpaste. Personally I couldn't think of anything worse than brushing my teeth with bubble gum flavoured toothpaste but what really made my decision for me was the fact that the tube has pictures of Disney princesses on the front of it and my little girl loves Disney princesses so when I brought this home for her I made a big deal out of it having princesses on the front and that it was specially for her.
Oral B say, "Children will want to brush with Oral-B Stages 3 Disney Princess Toothpaste, which provides effective cavity protection in a child-tested, mild gel formula. Make sure that children under seven use a pea-sized amount, and instruct them in good brushing and rinsing habits (to minimise swallowing)."
The toothpaste is a bright neon pink colour and really does smell like bubble gum. I would advise to be careful if you have white towels as it makes quite a mess of them if you get any toothpaste on them.
My daughter did ok with this toothpaste but then the next week we found some Tesco own brand strawberry ice cream flavoured toothpaste so she's been using that ever since but I think it's good to know that this Oral B one exists and is an alternative to mint flavoured ones for kids.
My eldest daughter went through a stage where she completely refused to use toothpaste that was mint flavoured so I had a look in our local Asda store for an alternative. I had no intentions of buying this and was looking at the supermarkets own brands expecting them to be cheaper however I noticed that this toothpaste was on offer at £1 and so I bought this one. The tube holds 75ml of product and rthe normal selling price for it is £2.
The toothpaste comes in a white plastic tube soft enough for you to squeeze the toothpaste out, the tube has a bright yellow top on it and the top is actually the bottom as the tube stands on it's lid. The lid for the toothpaste is a flip top lid which makes it easy for my four year old to use herself which I was pleased with as we are trying to encouarge her to do some day to day things herself. On the tube is the Oral B logo at the top with stages written underneath as if it is shooting across the toothpaste tube. This toothpaste is the Winnie the Pooh version although there are other characters in the stages range, on the front of this tube is pictures of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and the Elephant from the movie.
The toothpaste is meant for children obviously but children under 3 are only supposed to use a pea sized amount, I have to watch my daughter very carefully with this or she has loads on her toothbrush. Children under 7 should also be supervised by an adult to minimise swallowing, although I would never leave my daughter in the bathroom alone with toothpaste I don't see how me being there minimises swallowing. The flavour of this toothpaste is berry bubbles and on opening the tube I would say it does smell like berries probably blueberries or the like, my daughter loves the taste of the toothpaste and will happily use this twice daily to clean her teeth.
I am happy to recommend this toothpaste as my daughters teeth always look clean and she hasn't had any problems with her teeth when using this, the price was great whilsty on offer and matched the price of the supermarkets own brand. The only drawback I find with this toothpaste is that the breath doesn't smell minty fresh like with the Little Teeth toothpaste she often uses so I do make her use a minty one as much as possible.
When I was a kid, I hated minty flavoured toothpaste - and it seems that my daughter is a lot like me in that respect, although unlike me, she's lucky enough that there are plenty of alternatives available aimed at kids - her favourite being Oral B stages toothpaste, in particular the Disney Princess design with tutti frutti flavour.
It comes in a squeezy bottle with a white flip lid, this having a flat base which helps it to stand upright by the sink, which in turn allows for a better glimpse or the predominantly pink packaging and its smattering of Disney princesses- Belle, Cinderella, and Ariel. There is a small pink heart that tells you you can squeeze fun shapes,and indeed if you flip the cap you can see a hole shaped like a tiara . The packaging also has full ingredient information, including the fact that this tooth contains 0.248 percent sodium flouride.
Using this is much the same as any other toothpaste - squeeze out a small pea sized amount, and make sure your child brushes properly. It squeezes out easily enough, vaguely resembling the crown shape, and it a bright pink colour, with a gel like appearance.
I'm trying to think what it smells like, and struggling a little to come up with anything other than mouthwash. That's just what the smell suggests to me. I personally don't think it tastes that fruity, if anything I think it tastes more like bubblegum. It's not for me, but my daughter seems to like it and if it encourages her to brush her teeth, then I'm not going to complain . She brushes her teeth properly and so far has healthy teeth and gums .
I tend to pick mine up from the £1 shop, but I've seen it around in supermarkets too . There are alternative packaging designs too, so they're not all girly, but my daughter only opts for this one . I recommend this very much, and give it 5/5 .
My son usually hated brushing his teeth either in the morning or at bed time
I stay in Nigeria in and finding a good children toothpaste was stressful, most times i'll rather leave my son alone than face the fight with him over brushing his teeth
My mum who stays in the USA sent me Oral B Stages toothbrush and paste set.
I used it for my boy that day and he beacme hooked.
I never realised how much he loved using the paste until i ran out of stock.
He blantantly refused using any other paste. he kept insisting on his WINNIE THE POOH PASTE.
He had to do without brushing for over a week till i got another stock from my mum.
Now he is the one that reminds me that he has to brush his teeth and not the other way round.
Now i dont have to worry about him having any cavities even when he sleeps off and forgets to brush because i know that his teeth is being taken care of.
My other boy has become hooked on it too.
I have 3 demanding daughters aged 15, 5 and 3. My youngest two love brushing their teeth but have become very fussy on what toothpaste they like to use. Like most kids of their age they dont like the minty flavour that most adult toothpaste has.
On a recent shopping trip to Tesco with my little ones, they both noticed the Oral-B Stages toothpaste with the 3 Disney princesses on it. Since all they seem to like these days is the Disney Princesses, I knew what I was in for. After 5 minutes of nagging (I have no stamina) I gave in and even though we did not need toothpaste decided to buy it for them.
It comes in a very pretty pink and blue tube with the faces of Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine on the front. The cap is also a very pretty pink colour. At the top of the tube there is the lettering Oral-B Stages. It has very little other writing on the front other than to tell you that it is fluoride toothpaste and that it is a squeeze fun shaped. The tube is small and very good for little fingers so that the kids feel grown up doing it themselves. The main thing that you notice about the packaging is that it is there to attract kids and vulnerable parents like me.
It does not have instruction as such on the tube it only tells you that children under 7 should use a pea-sized amount and should be under adult supervision to minimise swallowing (as if I am going to let a 3 and 4 year old loose in my bathroom with a full tube of anything).
The toothpaste itself comes in pink (what else) and is a very strange tutti frutti flavour. My Kids loved the taste and the colour. Personally I thought is had a very strong bubble gum smell to it and I thought the taste was very sweet (Yuck). Luckily according to the tube it does not contain sugar.
Sorbitol, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Glycerine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer Sodium Saccharin, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Fluoride. The toothpaste contains 0.248% of Sodium Fluoride. Fluoride is very important for children as it can help to prevent cavities. However if children have too much fluoride then this can cause mottling on their permanent teeth. The fluoride in this product is just enough for children to give them that little extra that they might need.
I paid £1.44 for a 75ml tube. I have also seen a Winnie the Pooh stages toothpaste for the same price.
My little ones love the toothpaste in fact is was a fight to see who could get in to the bathroom first. I think this is a good idea if you have kids that do not like to brush their teeth, but I do feel that it is a little bit expensive. It had very clever marketing and is very noticeable among the other brands. The one thing I found strange with this toothpaste is that nowhere on the tube does it give you the ages of the children it is recommended for. I would assume that it would be for 3 to 9 but I would have preferred that they told me this.
If you require any further information there is a website at www.oral-bkids.com.
At the age of almost 6, my daughter has always been very very good at cleaning her teeth, which led me to believe I had "trained" her well and was a great mum. Not so; I now know the reason. It's to do with marketing and getting her own way.
My almost daily trip to the supermarket led me briefly away from the cleaning products and to the toothpast shelves-she did need some new toothpaste. Her preferred brand wasn't available, so I chose some child's minty toothpaste- that's fine, no problem.
Not so. Picture the scene that night when it came to teeth cleaning time. "I can't use it, it's fizzy". Now, being used to minty toothpaste, I have never been able to describe it as "fizzy" but daughter remained firm. It was fizzy and tingling in her mouth and she could NOT use it. Spoilt! declared hubby with a look of disdain at me. No, not spoilt, I realised (well, maybe a tad), but a product of today's marketing ploys and my willingness to succumb to them for a peaceful life. I looked at the toothpaste I had bought, and realised the problem-no princesses on the front and no bubble gum/tutti frutti taste. Oh dear! So why does she love this toothpaste?
This comes in a squeezy bottle (which little hands can actually hold and squeeze), which stands upright, all the better to see the princesses as you stand and clean your teeth and dream of that handsome prince. Yes, on the front, which is mainly pink, there are pictures of Belle, Cinderella and Jasmine (I think I have got them right). There is the usual Oral B logo but face it, the main thing is that the cap is pink and the princesses are there on the front.
THE BIT FOR ADULTS
I can't be all bad. It is produced by Oral B which I know is an established toothpaste provider and it contains sodium fluoride (0.248%) and an anti cavity product so it has to be ok for those little gnashers.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Watch out when using this because the instructions for use tell you that children under 7 shoud use a pea size amount, that means a tiny amount, and try explaining that to a child when it is tutti frutti flavour and pink. Now, I don't really know what tutti frutti flavour should taste of, but when I tried it, I had to agree with her. It tastes lovely, like the bubble gum I used to have when I was younger. It even smells like bubble gum, so yes, I think I would prefer it to the minty stuff.
Sorbitol, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer Sodium Saccharin, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Fluoride.
I don't know what most of them are but if it works, I'm all for a peaceful household!
Yes, for a peaceful household. I can't say whether they keep them there teeth pearly white because they are and unless I did a fair tewst, it's impossible to say whether it's the toothpaste or not. However, the pluspoints are that she has white teeth, and each dental visit, has been told there is no decay ( I must be doing something right). The greatest thing of all is that now it's been reinstated on the sink unit, I have smiles at teeth cleaning time. The downside is my own guilt at the fact that I am a slave to marketing- I don't let this bother me too much, just the odd twinge!
Younger children can have Mickey Mouse and Friends or Pooh and friends in bubblegum flavour.
For the "oldies" there is either Buzz Lightyear in Fruit Blast or The Disney Princesses in tutti frutti flavour.
Great...something for the most discerning child!
WHERE TO BUY
Most supermarkets and chemists. Price I don't like to state as price tends to change
www.oral-bkids.com. It's actually quite good, with tips for cleaning teeth, flossing etc, instant competitions and the bit I like best is where they can make a note of teeth they lose and keep it as a diary
www.disney.com. Yes, it IS linked to Disney (hence the marketing
Gillette Group UK Ltd
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