Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Philips Sonicare For Kids

(This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Sonicare for Kids. )

Take a look at our family's toothbrush situation:


No, really, take a good long look, because I'd thought I could just go in and do a quick snapshot of our toothbrushes, but then I realized the countertop was pretty dirty and so I ended up washing it with a wad of wettened toilet paper, and now I'm not even two sentences into this review and I have already had to DO CHORES. So please appreciate the shiny whiteness before moving on to the next paragraph.

As a reminder, there are seven people in my family: Paul, me, and our five children. There are seven toothbrushes on the counter. As you can see, I'm a fan of electric toothbrushes for children, if not for myself (they TICKLE). Children's teeth are about as easy to brush as cats' teeth, so I like that I can get in the general vicinity of the teeth and know the toothbrush will be moving around on the teeth even if the child's lips have clamped down around it.

The quicker among you will have guessed that this is going to be a review of an electric toothbrush. The toothbrush is the Philips Sonicare For Kids.

Normally I would have Paul set up something like this for me, because he likes to and I don't, but for a review I like want to do it myself so I can review how easy/difficult it is to do. It was pretty easy. I took it out of the wrappings and I put it together. I couldn't get the decorative faceplate on (there are three to choose from, or the toothbrush looks nice as-is, too), but my 10-year-old figured it out immediately (the solution: peel wrapper off decorative faceplate first).

You're supposed to let it charge 24 hours before you use it, but pfffff, I was ready to TRY this puppy. The toothbrush comes with two brush heads, one for age 4+ and one for age 7+, so I could choose TWO children to experiment on. I summoned a child.

I brush my kids' teeth for them at bedtime, and I have them lie down because it's way easier to keep drool from flopping everywhere to keep their heads still and to get to the backs of the teefies. So Elizabeth, age 4, lay down on the bed as usual, and I took out the brush.

The first thing I noticed was the sound, which was like a metal mosquito. I got unpleasant chills between my shoulder blades and some dentist-office flashbacks. Elizabeth, who has never felt the "DZZZT" vibration of a drill bonking into her dental nerves, was unfazed.

The toothbrush comes with the option to build up slowly to the full 2-minute brushing session, but I was on a deadline so I started with it already at a full-length session. We both liked the way the toothbrush made a little musical sound to let us know when to change quadrants (30 seconds each on upper outer, upper inner, lower outer, lower inner). Elizabeth gagged and flinched after a few seconds of the inner quadrants, and I suspect it was because I don't usually get those as thoroughly---and that's probably the reason for the "build up slowly" feature.

Otherwise, it was very similar to our usual brushing session except that I felt like I was Doing It Right. I think it's good to have the timer, rather than basing the brushing time on the imagined passage of time, which of course is hard to gauge when every minute feels like half an hour of GO TO BED GO TO BED OMG WHEN IS IT TIME FOR BED??

When I'd finished Elizabeth's teeth, I rinsed the brush head, put on the brush head for ages 7+, and summoned a second child. You might think a 10-year-old would be brushing his own teeth, but his orthodontist gently suggested he might need "help," and showed me what looked like BEESWAX on his back teeth. So. Rob, age 10, reported for toothbrush testing. Again, we both liked the quadrant timer, and he didn't think it felt too tickly or have trouble with gagging. "It felt kind of like when my foot falls asleep, only in a good way. It also feels SOFT, kind of, but not fuzzy like HAIRS in your mouth---NICE soft." Also: "I really like the interchangeable plates, because they're kind of like robot panels." If you're looking for more, um, OFFICIAL information than that, you can find it at the official site.

I rinsed the second brush head and set everything up on the little charging station: the handle goes on one little stump and the two brushes fit on two other little stumps. Tidy.


Now. May we get down to brass tacks? This is a SEVENTY DOLLAR toothbrush. The replacement brush heads cost $11 each, and you're supposed to change the head every 3 months---$44 of brush heads per year. Per child.

I started doing the math: $70 times 5 children is an initial $350 outlay, plus $44 times 5 children per year in replacement brush heads---$220 per year. PER YEAR. In CHILDREN'S TOOTHBRUSHES. Paul pointed out that we could get just one $70 toothbrush and then each child could have his/her own toothbrush head---but presumably the handle would then wear out proportionately more quickly, and also there wouldn't be a storage post for all five brush heads. Besides, even using one-handle figures, it's still $220 per year.

For comparison, I've been paying less than $5 each for children's electric toothbrushes, so that would be a big financial jump for me to make. In replacement brush head costs alone, I could buy 44 new $5 electric toothbrushes a year.

Well, but most of you don't have five children, right? If you have, say, TWO children, the little charging station is perfect: each child can have his/her own brush head stump, and you only need one handle. The cost is still $88 per year in brush head replacement. And perhaps you are not exactly writing Brush Head Replacement Day on the calendar, so it could be even less than that in actual practice. This starts to sound more and more reasonable.

Now, there is a PRIZE involved here, and if you were to win it, you could use it to buy the toothbrush plus two refills. OR you could buy a new battery for your car, or 25 coffee-and-two-doughnuts breakfasts, or 30 tubes of toothpaste, or Halloween costumes, or whatevs. This is the beauty and glory of the Visa gift card. You have a total of 10 chances to win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer Reviewers, plus the chance to win a Sonicare prize pack on the BlogHer.com special offers page.

To enter, leave me a comment below and tell me: How do you handle your kids' dental hygiene? Kissing up to Sonicare ("Well, Swistle, I and my children have always relied on the fine products of Sonicare for all our dental needs!") will not improve your chances of winning. The contest will begin at 5:00 p.m. (PST) 10/26/2009 and will end 5:00 p.m. (PST) 11/15/2009. Make sure you leave an email address I can use to contact you if you are teh winnah.

Rules:
  1. No duplicate comments (except in the situations described below in items 2 and 3) or you are a Cheater McCheatypants and no one will want to play with you.
  2. You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link in the comments saying you did so.
  3. You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments saying you did so.
  4. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.
  5. Winners will be selected via random number generator, and will notified by e-mail.
  6. You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected and you will cry and cry.

You can go visit the Official Rules for more information.

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Nowheymama said...

This is very timely because our dentist just recommended electric toothbrushes for the children and while I value dental health I do not value being in debt.

Nowheymama said...

I just added this giveaway to my blog post for today, where I also talk about the goodies you sent me. :)

3carnations said...

My 5 year old brushes his own teeth in the morning, I brush them at night, and I floss for him as well.

AlienBea said...

Right now the boys have plain Crayola toothbrushes. They love electric ones but I'm not so crazy about them (they become rocket ships and car engines when it's not tooth-brushing time, and aside from the hygiene issues, that BZZZZZT can really wear a person's nerves to the nub). Getting them to submit to having their teeth brushed is a bit like wrestling angry bears, but it does happen (most of the time), as they, like Rob, are not too thorough at brushing their own teeth.

jen said...

I have 3. 5, 4 and 2 years old. I sit on a short stool and wet their toothbrushes, put toothpaste on them assembly line style and then I start with the older 2 and let them brush their own teeth after me while I do the 2yo, then I rinse off all the brushes and let them rinse their mouth out and wipe their faces off and in bed. Total time, 10 minutes. Huband takes an hour to do the same, and usually has to go FIND the tootbhrushes afterward. I usually buy a cheap 5 pack of equate toothbrushes or something. They chew on them and are replaced frequently. I want a sonicare for MYSELF! sorry about the novel.

Jen said...

My son has what I believe to be an unnatural adoration of the toothbrush. He wants his, his dada's, his mama's, and an extra random one. Then he strews them about the house so he has a toothbrush handy at all times. Making the regular toothbrush ELECTRONIC and I think he would never let it go. That being said, he doesn't particularly like the teethbrushing and I have no idea how long I actually get him to brush or if I do a decent job. I may have to look into this. But like you said...expensive.

Hairline Fracture said...

My 7 yo wants an electric toothbrush and I was thinking I'd put the kind you already had in the kids' stockings. I do only have 2 kids, so winning this would work, too. I'd probably feel pain at paying $11 for a brush head, though.

As for our dental hygiene, my husband does it because he is much better at things like that than I am. He has the 3 yo lie down, too.

Oh, and I tweeted about this here.

Snarks said...

Not to be all down on electric tooth brushes, but I honestly didn't notice my two (ages 8 and 6) doing a better job with them. So, we're back to plain old regular brushes that are A. VERY CHEAP and B. VERY EASY TO REPLACE CHEAPLY. I however, like electric toothbrushes for myself and again am just to CHEAP to purchase a new one.

Annika said...

We use a regular old non-electric toothbrush for Sam, who is three. (Well, it's regular only if you think Superheroes are regular. It has Spiderman climbing up the handle.) First I brush his teeth, then I give him the toothbrush and he "brushes" his "teeth," by which I mean he waves it around inside his mouth. Though I am not being entirely fair, as he has started actually trying to do it properly.

NL said...

My daughter is now an adult, but she has been using a Sonicare for years--and she has NO fillings! I recently bought one for myself.

The Fritz Facts said...

We have done the disposable electric toothbrushes for a few years. They work really well when compared to how the kids were...lacking in that department. I brush my daughters at night, but she does the morning. She is FANATICAL about flossing, which makes me smile a bit.

The 12 year old...well...he needs help. But, instead of me doing it FOR him, I make him show me every night and even morning. If I see even a BIT of gunk he is back to the bathroom. I check all his teeth, even busting out what used to be hubby's tool mirror. He wants to fight me then we do it my way. lol I told him if his teeth get nasty and fall out he owes me for his braces...that helps.

The Fritz Facts said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/fritzfactz/status/5208774907

Cookie said...

We floss our 4-year-old's teeth for him, and then let him practice brushing with a regular toothbrush. Afterwards we follow up with another more thorough brushing. We also brush our toddler's teeth right before bed while he's laying down.

SIL Anna said...

Um, I am not yet brushing the 8-month-old's teeth. I mean, she only has TWO.

christina said...

my two-year old love our adult sonic care toothbrush. so once he gets to be 4 i think this will be on my list.

my fav thing is the quad timer as it makes me brush my teeth for 2 minutes, which, well, i did not when left up to just me.

moojoose said...

We've just been looking at electrifying the tooth brushing process at our house with our 6- and 8-year-old. When they go to Nana and Papa's they get 10X more excited about toothbrushing with the battery-op versions than with the manual-op at home.

Auntie G said...

My 14 month old has more than 8 teeth, but I don't know exactly how many because MY IS THIS A STUBBORN AGE and I don't get more than a nanosecond most days to try to look at his teeth. That said, we "brush" them every night with a kiddie toothbrush. As of about a week ago, this involved actual brushing. Now that he has A FREE WILL, this involves multiple attempts to get him to open his mouth, perhaps a swipe or two of the bristles, and inevitably ends with "the hand" (as in, "talk to..."). Dental hygiene FAIL.

robyn said...

My seven year old uses a disposable electronic. I look for them on clearance at Target - you can pick them up for $3 - $4 sometimes.

Our dentist also suggested that my son could use some help, so a while back we started having him brush his own teeth, and then me brushing them again to ensure the tricky spots were clean. However, that soon grew old for both of us, and laziness has since prevailed. I do check his teeth each night and send him back if it's clear he did a token brushing.

Mimi said...

I pretty much have to tackle my boys and pry their mouths open every night to brush their teeth. I am fascinated by this Sonicare for Kids thing. Maybe they would think it was cool and want to brush their teeth with it?

Marieke said...

We use plain vanilla toothbrushes for our kids -- the 5 year is on his own while our 2 year old gets her teeth brushed by yours truly.

Jess said...

We use an electric toothbrush for ourselves and I can only assume we will do the same with kids, once we have them. But I am a little confused about this handle thing. Doesn't it take YEARS to wear out? We've had ours for almost three years and it works just like new. (Knock on wood.)

Allyson said...

I don't have kids...but would love a $100 gift card. I have used a sonicare for myself, and really liked it. Until it decided to be on all the time, even when it was sitting on the charger.

el-e-e said...

Yes, Ma'am, I could certainly use a Visa gift card.

We use a variety of brushes for our kids' teeth - mostly the Colgate (I think?) Spinbrush for the 5 yr-old, and a softer-than-soft baby brush for the 20-month-old. I am ashamed to say that I havent' brushed her teeth in 2 days. Confession.

But I have a question! Don't your kids gag when you brush their teefies (love) with them lying down?? My kids would make the grandest fuss that ever fussed about that arrangement!

Janice said...

My husband and I are using sonicare toothbrushes. I still use manual toothbrushes for my 3.5 year old boys. Which is quite a challenge. I'm sure I'm not doing a great job, but at least I'm trying!

Elizabeth said...

I have a sonic aire but (whispers) it didn't do it for me. I would gladly try an electric toothbrush on my child though.
As of right now I chuck his toothbrush at him when he's in the bathtub and hope it makes it in the general direction of his mouth.

Erica said...

I use a toddler toothbrush and training toothpaste for Maddie. We also brush at bedtime. Nothing exciting.

Celeste said...

My 7 year old uses whatever toothbrush the dentist gives her every 6 months at her cleaning. We too have been told she needs "help" so I brush her teeth. She has been so freaked out by toothbrushing that we only just got her using a tiny amount of childrens' toothpaste last month. Before that she was brushing with water only. I recently bought myself a Crest SpinBrush to see if she would be intrigued by an electric toothbrush for herself. She is NOT. I can't say I love it either, partly because it is so heavy and loud, and partly because sometimes I knock the backside of the brush against my teeth which can't be good. I am also in a hurry to get done with this so I wonder if brush for a shorter time because of it. I do feel it gets the teeth and gums clean, however I find myself feeling like I have just been through an awful lot and should let myself off the hook for flossing, again not good. I just bought my daughter some Crayola Kids Flossers, and THOSE she has taken to like a duck to water.

klutzy k said...

my two get all excited to have their teeth brushed, run to the bathroom all smiles, and then whine/cry the whole time i do it. ages 3 and 18 months. i am not entirely sure what the deal is, but as soon as we're finished, it's back to happiness and rainbows. i'm pretty sure an electric toothbrush would scare my youngest to death. my older one is completely unpredictable and might love it and insist on holding it while he sleeps, eats, plays, etc,. or else you know, run for the hills.

Melissa Haworth said...

So, dental hygiene...Kid has free toothbrush from dentist which I use to brush her each evening after bath. In the morning, um, I am inconsistent but they brush teeth at preschool so...

As for me. I have a sonicare but don't always use it. But now I realize I've been using it wrong anyway. I was doing my quadrants as upper left, upper right etc rather than upper outer and upper inner. So now I can do better. So, thanks!

If I win I am totally spending my gift card on buying down my amazon wish list of books!

Emily said...

He's still little, so I just shove the brush in there while he chews on it, and pray that it makes contact with his bitty teeth.

emster259 at hotmail.com

Karly said...

Oh, I'm embarrassed to tell you how I handle teeth brushing. I've always yelled "BEDTIME! BRUSH TEETH!" and then expected the kids to go brush their teeth. Which they did! Just not well! So, a few months ago my nine year old had to have two root canals and oh my god, I am obviously an unfit mother. So now I supervise. I still don't brush for them, because I'm sorry, ew. It just grosses me out. I do watch though. I really should try the electric toothbrush. Maybe that would eliminate future dental appointments that end with the dentist, hygienist, and receptionist all shaking their heads and wagging their fingers at me.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

My darling child has yet to break a tooth at 7 months so right now I focus on just brushing my own teeth before I pass out from exhaustion.

Yakov said...

I do as much as I can with my 2-year-old before he really starts hollering. Oh, and I give him fluoride drops as my dentist father-in-law instructed.

Type (little) a said...

I let Sabrina brush her own teeth first in the morning and then I give it a quick once over (the dentist said she's an excellent brusher) and we reverse the procedure in the evening. Because she is obsessed with taking turns.

Melissa Haworth said...

And I just gave you a tweet out so here's an extra entry ;)

Melissa said...

I love electric toothbrushes because it's just easier for my 6 year old son to brush his teeth by himself, but most of the time I just use the freebie from the dentist. After brushing, he swishes some mouthwash (the mild kids kind) around, and we're good to go!

Sally said...

oh, our dental hygiene routine is embarrassing. it mostly involves chasing our two year old twins with toothbrushes and hoping the plaque just runs away screaming.

Jen said...

Ohh, count me in! My son is just shy of 16 months and actually LIKES when I brush his teeth! I typically start out brushing as good as I can and then let him take over. It's really too cute!

Jenni said...

I brush my 2 y.o.'s teeth with tooth brush called the firefly or something. You hit a button and it flashes for one minute. Then, I let him "brush" his own. The 10 m.o. gets a wet washcloth.

Brooke said...

I let them (ages 4 and 6) brush on their own, even though I know they don't do a very good job. It's just so muche asier that way!

Natalie said...

We use a standard kids toothbrush for my son's teeth. I let him brush in the mornings and I generally "help" him in the evenings. So far, (knock on wood)he's got great teeth with no dental problems, so I'm in no rush for an electric toothbrush for him. I do have one for myself, which I LOVE, but it hasn't been used in a while because I'm too cheap to buy the replacement heads (my brand only comes in packages of 3).

Fiona Picklebottom said...

We all use regular old toothbrushes, nothing fancy or battery-powered, though I'm not AGAINST fancy or battery-powered. My 15-year-old is on her own brushing-wise, though I will give her a heads-up if I notice her breath is offensive. My 8-year-old and 6-year-old also brush their own, but are subject to random, unannounced inspections, much like drug testing. If their teeth are unacceptable, they are made to repeat the process until such time as the desired results are achieved. They've learned to do a pretty good job the first time around, since they hate repeating the process. The 3-year-old still has her teeth brushed by yours truly.

Melio (MelissaInk) said...

My 4 year old brushes his own teeth for one of the brushings, and I brush them for the other brushing.

My younger one ... probably time to start brushing.

I take them to the dentist every 6 months for check ups. So far, so good.

Sarah said...

I use the el Cheapo electric ones from Target. If they weren't cheap, I would use the kind made out of recycled plastic. I would love the get the Sonic Care kind, but, YIKES, the price!

Marie Green said...

We help the kids brush their teeth before bed. The older two usually do it on their own, but sometimes I force my help upon them. The younger ones let's us have a turn if she can have a turn.

We sometimes buy electric toothbrushes (like, for their stockings)(the same kind as you usually buy, Swistle), and we sometimes use regular ones.

Kristine said...

My 3 year old gets to brush his own teeth (he pretty much sucks the toohpaste off and does the front ones.) And then I attack him with one of those finger infant tooth brusher thingies and I kind of doubt we're doing the best possible job, but at least something touched each of his teeth when he's done.

jird said...

My kids sometimes use the cheap electric toothbrushes if I can find them on sale, otherwise they tend to use whatever they got at the dentist's office. I like the electric ones, because it makes me feel like we're upping the odds that their teeth are getting at least sort of clean.

Mama Bub said...

We handle the tooth brushing with a combination of distraction, arm pinning and gritted teeth (mine, not his.) We do try the "brush your own teeth and see how fun it is" approach, however to him, "brushing" = sucking the non-flouride toothpaste off of the brush and calling it a day, so for now, it's the brush him into submission method.

tracynicole22 said...

We are still brushing our 5 & 7 year olds teeth for them. The 5 yr old will do it herself, then we follow up to get any missed spots, but the 7 yr old would just prefer we do it for her. We've never tried electric toothbrushes, so I would love to try these and my 2 daughter's ages are perfect for the 2 brushes it comes with.

Jen in MI said...

We use non-electric brushes. The kids like independence so we brush first (and well) and let them "finish up". The 7 year old actually brushes, the 4 year old mostly tries to flick water on the mirror. My daughter loves the little plastic flossers and can do a good job with them so I stock up when sales hit. We also use anti-cavity rinse after.

Fran said...

My boys (ages 9 and 6) brush their own teeth fairly well--no cavities--using a regular brush and a two minute-glass timer. Our daughter is 2 and loves to play with the toothbrush so we have to do her teeth for her :)

Stephanie said...

My 5 year old daughter just got her first electric toothbrush today! We'll see if she likes it (it's a $5 one.) I still brush her teeth by the way...

Christy said...

My husband is a dentist, so he does all kid tooth-brushing (ages 3 and 1) in our house, using regular non-electric kid toothbrushes which he brings home from the office. He also flosses the 3 yr old, but I think that's mostly because said 3 yr old thinks flossing is fun?

I have this nagging feeling that Sonicare might be the one type of electric toothbrush that he considers superior to regular old toothbrushing, but I can't remember for sure.

Christy said...

I have no kids at the moment (ask me in a month, I'd better have one by then!) but my husband has a Sonicare that he loves and will not share. I imagine that once our little boy is big enough to have teeth to brush, he will want to be just like Daddy and have his own electric toothbrush.

Mimi said...

I totally tweeted it! http://twitter.com/mimiallme/status/5211152325

Leeann said...

No sucking up here, but we are a big Sonic toothbrush family. Only my husband doesn't use one yet b/c he doesn't like the intense vibration.

At Costco, they sell the regular Sonic electric toothbrushes with two handles, two extra heads for each brush and one charger base (and two travel cases) all in a bundle. I used a coupon and got the whole set for like 70 bucks. Then, I bought a pack of six extra toothbrush heads. Each kids' initial is Sharpied on their particular brush.

I think the seven year old would do better with a kids version one so I am tossing my name in the hat!

St said...

I hate brushing my kids' teeth. I know I should do it, especially with the littler ones but I hate it. Maybe if I win I'll use the prize as an incentive to do more brushing.

St said...

AAaaaannnnd, here's my twitter link:
http://twitter.com/vegas710/statuses/5211186774

nanann said...

I am a big fat failure at kids' dental hygiene at the moment. I emphasized too much to my 4-year-old that she had to spit out the fluoride toothpaste. She carried around kleenexes for 3 or 4 days, spitting into them ALL. DAY. LONG., for fear she might swallow toothpaste. And kept getting worried she'd throw up.

So um, yeah. she is back to using non-fluoride toothpaste at the moment. As for toothbrushes, just regular old Princess toothbrushes around here!

Jenn Mc said...

Sounds neat but expensive. Hmmm . . .

SarahO said...

Well, looky there. I didn't even know Sonicare had toothbrushes for kids. My 4 year old is a pill when brushing her teeth. Ugh. We use an electric cinderella one. I use Sonicare for me and think it's awesome. (I'm 38...no cavities!)

mraybould@hotmail.com said...

My husband is a dentist so all oral health of our child falls to him. He brushes our 2 year old's teeth every night with a "regular" toothbrush and non-fluoride "toddler" toothpaste. Even though we are always getting free electric toothbrushes, we stick to the "old fashioned" kind.

saly said...

Aaaaah, tooth brushing. We buy the cheapy electrics as well. And then hide them because the baby has a thing about putting EVERYONE'S toothbrush in her mouth. Oy. You have my email, no? Incubationnation at gmail dot com

Pixie said...

My 4 year old loves the electric toothbrushes, in fact she calls it her tickle toothbrush. I brush her teeth at night which is always such fun (I need a sarcastic font there) and let her do the day time brushings herself.

Betsy said...

Wrestle one boy to the ground...brush, then repeat 3 more times. Not my favorite parts of the day.

Jules said...

This is a timely review, as I was just at the dentist for a cleaning. The hygienist suggested that I get a Sonicare, so I went to the drugstore to look at them after my appointment. And then my jaw dropped to the floor and I died a little inside. CRAZY expensive. But hey, I would love free money.

behrk8@gmail.com said...

I brush my son's teeth every morning. Just got back from the dentist, actually, who said that I should be brushing them twice a day and flossing. Flossing. 4 year old teeth. No thanks. :)

Little-Bit said...

Our routine is something like this: yell at the Big kids to brush their teeth; help the 3yo brush like teeth while yelling at the the Big kids to stop fighting over the mirror, you don't need to SEE yourself brush your teeth. Try not to gag the 3yo while Voice escalates to near rage as I hear screeching coming from Kid's bathroom. Let 3yo spit while I march in Kids Bathroom to two girls that "don't know what I'm talking about, they are not fighting, see?" Wash, rinse, repeat. Every. Day. Need the gift card for another mirror. Or muzzles. Or bourbon.

Kate said...

We have not yet started brushing our 10 month old's 4 (plus a little nub that just broke through) teeth - but man oh man would I love that gift card!

beyond said...

no children, but two nephews who brush their teeth with a regular old kiddie toothbrush. now i feel like they're missing out on something.

SavageAnderson said...

Glad to see others brush their little one's teeth only once a day. Our 14 month old gets hers brushed right before bed. With a regular toddler brush and training "toothpaste."

Miss Grace said...

While I handle my *own* dental hygiene with a Sonicare (which I love), I handle my son's by sitting on him and shoving a toothbrush into his unwilling maw twice a day. It's thrilling.

Miss Grace said...

I also twittered: http://twitter.com/grace134/statuses/5212607021

becky said...

well.... this would probably be helpful, although i almost worry about getting my 2 year old boy all hooked on expensive toothbrushes so early in life! but then again, his grandparents have 6 teeth between then (and yes, between all FOUR grandparents) so maybe this is one of those cases where things really weren't better in the good old days when you brushed your teeth with a stick and some baking soda.
so i'd probably actually buy a sonicare toothbrush for him with a giftcard so that i can stop feeling guilty about the fact that we just aren't teaching proper hygiene the way we should be. because we would be.

Chrissy said...

Okay, so I am lazylazylazy. I let them brush all by themselves using regular ole toothbrushes and I don't go in after them or even really watch them do it. Gah I am such a slacker. Although in my defense, usually by the time bedtime rolls around I am so exhausted I am almost ready to pay them cold hard cash to just GO TO BED and LEAVE MAMA ALONE.

Joanne said...

My 4 year old is autistic and has wiggedy wack sensory issues, so it's challenging, but we brush his teeth with a regular toddler brush while he's in the tub. My 21 month old we do n the tub, too, with training toothpaste. Thank God my 5 month old has no teeth yet!

Heather D. said...

At 11 and 13 my kids are in charge of the actual brushing and I am in charge of the nagging to brush. About half the time we have cheap-o electric brushes for them and half the time we have the regular brushes that the dentist gives them.

Julie said...

My kids love to brush their teeth, even if they aren't terribly thorough. I let them scrub away, then help finish the job (oh, I have teeth all the way in the back? I didn't know that!). Then they swallow the toothpaste. Sigh.

R said...

We use the battery ones for the kids. They brush their own in the morning, and I do the two youngest at night before bed. Every third night or so I also tackle my oldest and do his myself because I dont trust his brushing techniques. I have a sonicare for myself that I love, but the beauty of the cheaper battery brushes is that you can toss them when the kids get sick and buy new non germy ones and start over.

Bethtastic said...

We use electric toothbrushes on our 4 and 2 year olds. In fact our 4yo has the same Hello Kitty brush on your sink.

I buy them a new one about twice a year.

And we - the grown-ups - do the brushing.

NikiN said...

My 11 year old stepson brushes his own teeth, with a plain toothbrush. I hate buying disposable electric brushes because it seems like so much extra waste. Something like a Sonicare, where you're only replacing the brush heads, would be fabulous. I haven't been able to get past the initial investment yet, but I could see using a Visa gift card for it.

Melissa said...

The 2.5-year-old twin girls have plain old toothbrushes (but with Elmo! and Big Bird!) and we only brush teeth at bedtime, which I'm sure is not enough but I only have so much patience. Thanks for the giveaway!

Allison said...

My dd has a plain old manual Crayola toothbrush. She's pretty chill about letting me take a few swipes at her teeth after she chews on the toothbrush for a while and eats all the toothpaste.

Jeanne said...

My 7 year old daughter has the same Hello Kitty toothbrush as Elizabeth (at least I'm assuming it's Elizabeth's, I could be wrong). I still have to supervise, but she does the actual brushing.

Emma's mom said...

I have one kid (6yo) and she brushes her own teeth with a regular child's toothbrush (Cars, I think). She used a spin brush (Barbie) from 2-4 but developed an aversion and now uses a manual brush. When she's mostly done brushing, I do a little bit of remedial brushing. She sucks at spiting and mostly just eats the toothpaste.

Leah said...

I let the 3 year old brush and cross my fingers that her teeth are getting clean.

*blinks*


What?

Bitts said...

I don't brush the 13-month-old's 4 teeth yet. The 2.5 y/o "brushes" them herself in the morning and I brush them and floss for her in the evening. Manual toothbrush, Tom's of Maine no-flouride toothpaste and Plackers individual flossers.

Leah said...

Brushing the baby's four teeth is the highlight of the bedtime routine--better than storytime even!

Lora said...

My 6 year old brushes his own teeth in the morning, and I do it at night. I brush my 18 month old's teeth for her, but she chews on toothbrushes throughout the day. She has a collection--currently she has 5 brushes. Apparently they are good teething devices!

Erin said...

We also use battery toothbrushes. We make the boys let us help them, then they get to brush on their own. We only brush at night though.

Suzannah said...

Ooh, I would love to win, even though I have nothing of value to add to this discussion. I pretty much put the toothpaste on, let the kids (2 and 4yo) "chew" for a minute, then claim, "My turn!" and do it myself. We use these toothbrushes I found at Target that blink until 2 minutes is up. Thrilling, no?

This & That said...

Only one of the two boys use the battery toothbrush and i got it on amazon super cheap so the packaging was in chinese, but he likes it! Everyone else has a manual toothbrush and I often assist the youngest child in making sure his teeth are clean.

laura said...

Um, my four year old and I fight EVERY MORNING about tooth brushing in a power struggle of EPIC proportions. Not fun. Don't even ask me what we do at bedtime... Oh, and she is scared of her electric toothbrush. Good times not had by all.

Michelle said...

Is it wrong? I have a Sonicare for myself, but no one else in my family does :)

For the wee ones, we brush with the brush our dentist gave us. And I feel like we should do more -- especially now that Mister Man has his first permanent tooth coming in... no cavities is the goal!

Kelsey said...

Harper brushes her own teeth in the morning and one of the adults brush both kids' teeth at bedtime. I have been looking at the $5 electric toothbrushes and thinking that they were kind of spendy and that maybe Harper could get one in her stocking from Santa for us to try. That way if I don't think it is worth paying 2 to 3 times as much for a tooth brush we can use it for a couple of months and then she can hold out for next Christmas! My kids are both pretty good about allowing us to brush their teeth, we'd have to be in a much more dire tooth situation for me to drop that kind of cash on an electric toothbrush!

Is this an odd place to mention that our dentist does not give out toothbrushes???

Eva said...

Currently I hand them toothbrushes, watch them suck on them, say "um, back and forth, not for sucking on" a lot of times, and then we're done. So, I'm thinking we could benefit from a new system!

Safire said...

My kids use whatever toothbrush is on sale. The 4 year old has to be reminded to move the tooth brush and the 1 year old twins still get their teeth brushed by me when I remember. However, I do LOVE my own Sonicare toothbrush but don't change the head every few months. Gross, yes. More cost effective? You becha!

The Gori Wife said...

I use an electric toothbrush with my 3-year old too, precisely because I read your advice about tooth brushing before we'd gotten to that stage, so it's the way we've always done it. (Thanks for the parenting advice, Swistle!) We use an Oral-B one, which I like because it has a small brushhead on it, so it's easier to use in his tiny mouth. We fall WAY short of replacing it every three months though. So far short, in fact, that I would be embarrassed to say or even allude to how very far short...

Jana said...

As someone with horrible teeth (not from neglect, just really crappy genes), I am obsessed with my kiddos having good dental hygiene. The hubs and I use Sonicare, but the little ones use manual brushes. (I'm sure they'd love to try the electric brush, though.) My 6 year old does her own, but we brush the two year old and one year old's for them. I even have a little song that I sing while I brush their teeth. (To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat): "Brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them 'til they're clean. If you don't, then they'll turn a yucky shade of green." It won't win a Grammy any time soon, but it keeps them from fighting me when I brush for them.

doh! said...

Well, I just bought an electric Hello K*tty toothbrush for my 19 month old, because although she *begs* for "too-bah", she really just sucks the toothpaste off. She likes the new tickly electric one, and like you, I like the idea that there's some brushing action going on there.

Brenna said...

My 6 year-old brushes her own teeth in the morning with a electric toothbrush (Not the $onicare one). My 3 year-old uses a tinkerbell toothbrush, non-electric because she doesn't like the buzzing. I brush and floss for both of them at night. I use one of those fingertip brushie things for my 8 month-old's 2 wittle toofers.

rccalyn said...

My daughter is 3, so we brush her teeth for her, then she does it herself. However, we don't spend a penny on toothbrushes - thanks to our wonderful dentist who provides each of us with a new (appropriately sized) one at every visit!
Stacy
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Meltini27 said...

I don't have kids, but I use an Oral-B electric brush that I got for $5.00 and my boyfriend uses a sonicare that he has to spend 20 or so dollars on replacement heads. I don't feel like his does any better of a job than mine. I could really see how the timer thing would be great for kids though.

rccalyn said...

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SLynnRo said...

Kidless here, but I've been dying for a sonicare, but I'm too cheap. I do however have a sonicare skin brush and it is amazing!

Candace said...

I still brush my youngest ones' teeth (he's 15 months). But my 3 yr old, now that's another story. Usually, we have a bit of a struggle because he likes to play with the toothbrush and use it on everything but his mouth. Hopefully, this will get better.

jessica fantastica said...

I don't have kids but I just wanted to let everyone know that many insurance companies will help pay for Sonicare toothbrushes.

Danana Banana said...

We've used the $5 type electric brush for my daughter - ever since her speech therapist recommended it. I'm not sure what it did exactly for her speech therapy, but she really does love it. She brushes first, then I follow up. Hopefully, all together we are hitting the 2 minute mark!

Kristin C said...

I have an Oral B electric for myself but my dentist recommended sonicare. So I am interested in this review. My kids (5 and 3 -- 4 mo old has no teeth yet) have the electric cheapies and they love them.

Here is our routine: At night I (or dad) set up the brushes with toothpaste and sit there and watch them do their own brushing for 2 min (which is timed using a 2 min sand timer). Then "mommy dentist" does a once over and makes sure all surfaces got at least a once over. In the morning, they brush their own teeth with no monitoring because that is just toooo much. I think the built in timer would be great because i am so tired of hte fighting over who turns the timer over and oh no, what if it gets knocked down!!!

Jewels said...

Well I don't have any children (yet) but I imagine I'll handle their dental hygiene by moving nextdoor to my sister, the dentist. Then I'll shoo 'em over to her thrice a day.

may said...

After banging my head against the wall, I brush my 2 1/2 year old's teeth before naptime (I put my foot on the toilet seat, making a seat with my leg for him to sit on), then repeat the performance before bedtime. I hate, hate, hate toothbrushing time. We use a normal toothbrush and he's pretty good about letting me get his teeth, but it's still a major pain in the rear.

Cara said...

I don't have kids, but I use a Sonicare toothbrush myself, and I also have one of those Crest electric toothbrushes that I got from my gym as a freebie (I know. Weird freebie from a Gym. Whatevs, it was free). I like the sonicare much much more. The crest one is to vibratey, too rough almost. The sonicare is much quieter/tamer, and I love the beeping that tells me to move to the next quandrant, and of course the whole timed 2 minute thing. i feel like i'm actually brushing my teeth for the right amount of time, whereas before I'm sure I brushed for way less than that. So, yay for Sonicare. Boo for always coming out with new models that make finding replacement heads a pain in the arse once your model is older. Especially cause I buy them at Costco, which only seems to have the latest model heads.

Alicia @ bethsix said...

I have four children, ages 5 months (no teeth) to 8 years (had an extra, exact top middle permanent tooth that has since been pulled). They do not do a good job of brushing their teeth, and I do not do a good job of worrying much about it. Your idea about having them lie down and brushing for them is a good one. My 8- and 5-year-olds brush their own teeth, nightly, and when they remember, morningly too. My 2-year-old LOVES to brush his teeth. He asks for his toothbrush at least once or twice a day, and also brushes at daycare. I let him brush by himself for as long as he wants, and then I follow up. And my 5-month-old is a toothless beauty. :) We'll probably get him started with a toothbrush in a year or so. I've never started right when the first little bud pops through the gums. That just seems like showing off.

Courtney said...

I have one toddler (although we'd like another baby sometime next year) and I handle tooth brushing by buying cheap toothbrushes and then handing off the whole process to Daddy.

When you said you're still brushing your ten year old's teeth I almost cried.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Okay Swistle, next post MUST be about how you get your children to submit to lying down for tooth brushing! We did that with Zoe until she was about.... I have no idea, maybe 2? Then the fits and the HOLDING HER DOWN got really old. SO we let her stand and "brush" herself which means that she sucks and chews and then I wrestle with her standing up and try to reach the back teeth. Doing funny voices and pretending to find small woodland creatures in her back teeth SOMETIMES keeps the screeching at bay. SOMETIMES.

Ea ipsa... said...

I actually took the time to look at the brand name on the electric toothbrush I was using as I read this article, and it is a Sonicare! We are "not exactly writing Toothbrush Head Replacement Day" on our calendar either... just looking for when the bristles begin to get splayed.

As an adult using an electric toothbrush, I've found it really helps ramp up my brushing skills, so much so that I haven't had any cavities since we started with it. I used to be pretty bad, and that's expensive.

However, I'm intrigued by the fact that the disposable electric toothbrushes are so much more cost effective...

Kristin H said...

I do like electric toothbrushes for the same reasons you do, but I would never in a million years spend $70 for one (even with two heads). So my only chance of ever trying this one is to win it!

Gina said...

Oh, the dental woes in my family. My son is great - not sir better dental hygiene - he just got lucky and inherited my teeth. My daughter however - hoo-boy. Cavities every single time no matter what we do. I think I would try it, mainly for her.

CAQuincy said...

I'm a terrible and lazy mother. Each of my three children brush their own teeth--even the 4-year old. And I...sit on the couch and listen to them arguing and flinging water and toothpaste everywhere. And flossing? Well, it gets done--but I'm not sure exactly how often--and never for the four-year old.

I got my come-uppance. I have been shamed in the dentist's presence. Especially since now two of the three children have officially had cavities.

I would like to try electric toothbrushes, but I bolt even on paying $5 a piece! However, I am determined to give it a try since this recent dental exam is making me realize that the cost of cavities is probably WAY MORE than the cost of fancy buzzing toothbrushes.

(We do use that Blue mouthwash stuff. I do know that the older two are doing a much better job now--but the four-year old! Perhaps it's time I tried the Swistle method of laying her down on my bed and brushing the teeth myself before she becomes cavity-ridden child #3!)

Anonymous said...

We also use the 5.00 electric toothbrushes, I cannot justify the cost of that very expensive tooth brush!
Donna, NY

Anonymous said...

Toothbrushing with my boys, both of whom are *way* old enough to be doing such things without my intervention, is almost nonexistent. Every morning and night I ask if they've brushed. They both dutifully answer "yes," but guiltily head for the bathroom when I ask to see inside their mouths. (Yes, I have to ask for proof of most things they claim to have completed!) I'm thinking electric toothbrushes with some kind of cue for how long they *should* be brushing would be a great help. Cost is a bit much, but that's where the gift card comes in handy, righ? :-)

bessie.viola said...

This is interesting. My daughter is 20 months, so we're just embarking on the world of toothpaste. I've brushed her teeth as long as she's had them, but we just bought our first tube of training toothpaste. She loves it all so far.

I'm intrigued by the idea that an electric toothbrush may make things easier, and I may have to try it.

Shelly said...

My 7 yr old brushes her own teeth and seems to be doing alright. She's had two visits to the dentist and received pretty good reviews on her brushing skills.

I brush the 3 yr old's teeth and I have to say that your tip about laying the child down was revelatory to me! That sounds like it would be WAY easier than fussing at him to keep his mouth open 750 times.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

We use Sonicare for our BIG teeth, but the SMALLER teeth in our family prefer Spiderman and Barbie. Sonicare needs their own wee mascot to help their chances with getting the SMALLER teeth, is all I'm sayin'. I think Max and Ruby are available.....

Dr. Maureen said...

GIMME.

Anonymous said...

My child is still in utero and I don't think he/she has teeth yet, so child dental care is not yet on the radar, but it will be at some point!

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Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

We let our almost 4yo brush then we "check for spots" and basically brush all over again. I like the idea of the 4 quadrants and music but this is pricey. I used to have a Sonicare which I really loved. But, now my bathroom is so small and I don't have a place close to the outlet for the toothbush to sit and charge so I use a regular old toothbrush.

Misty said...

Dental care is a struggle for us, but I laughed out loud when you mentioned having electric toothbrushes is a good thing for when the child clamps their lips shut? Because that happens to me ev-er-y time.

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BrioII said...

I've used a Gripit Floss Holder - www.gripit.biz - for 35 years to make flossing faster and easier. And when the grand kids come, they like to use these handy devices too. Gripits come with their own
floss supply that can be advanced in seconds and refilled from local
drug and grocery stores. They last a lifetime and don't clog landfills.

doug said...

I mostly just fuss at them to brush their teeth when they've made me angry. The little one needs to be practically strapped down.

Jane said...

1) I hate Sonicare toothbrushes because they make the inside of my head vibrate. Just FYI.

2) You apologize for talking so much about the cost but I think it is HIGHLY relevant. I would never spend that kind of money on a toothbrush for a kid. Ever. And I'm not even cheap like you. I spend all kinds of money on useless things for my daughter, but a toothbrush that doesn't do anything any better than the kind that are .98 cents at Target? No way. One thing I think you're not figuring in on the price, also, is the throwing away of toothbrushes after the kid has a cold. I don't know if everyone does this, but it would add to my price per year.

3) Yes, I called you cheap. PLEASE don't get all hurt feelings on me for the love of god.

Kristi said...

Comment. How's that?

Brooke said...

I have 4 kids (except I have 3 of them only half the time), so we are in a similar brushing situation as you. Except my husband doesn't use electrics and he doesn't buy them for his kids. I and my daughter have electrics, but they are the Braun kind, 'cause Sonicare is just too damn expensive and I can get the Braun refills at Costco. Our kids (12, 10, and 10) brush their own teeth, but if they get a negative report from the dentist, we brush for them for a while. My husband brushes the baby's teeth.

Laura said...

Our kids brush with regular - you have to do the work toothbrushes, not as much fun but they get the job done!

Kathy said...

I brush my daughter's teeth the the same Hello Kitty electric toothbrush that I see in your picture. Except ours is pink.

Erin said...

My four-year-old brushes her own teeth twice a day with one of the $5 electric toothbrushes. I brush the two-year-old's teeth and then let her have a turn, also with a $5 electric toothbrush (Cinderella for the 4yo and Ariel for the 2yo, if you're interested in that level of detail)(And letting the 2yo have an electric toothbrush with Ariel on it is in direct violation of the 3+ label on the toothbrush packaging. I like to live on the wild side.)

Personally, I prefer the non-electric toothbrushes. Something about the movement of the electric kind bugged me. I do use an electric flosser for myself. The only time the kids get flossed is at the dentist. Bad mommy. :)

Sally said...

I totally dig my grown-up Sonicare but would have had a hard time justifying the price. (I got mine for a song at a silent auction!) Would try this for the kids if it was subsidized . . .

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Erin said...

My almost-two-year-old loves his toothbrush. Correction, he loves sucking the children's toothpaste off his toothbrush. So we need help in the dental hygiene department.

Mary said...

My three year old has a toothbrush that flashes. At night he brushes his teeth first and then we "help" him. In the morning he does it himself. My one year old has a toothbrush like his big brother and kind of sucks on it. When we remember we help him or wipe his teeth with a washcloth.

Kira said...

Two of my boys have had hardly any dental issues ever - one cavity that was really just a chipped tooth, and one other cavity that was so shallow it didn't even require numbing to fill.
The third boy? SIX CAVITIES by the time he was three. Major, major FAIL.
So, other than the specifics of tooth brushing and flossing and rinsing, what I do the most about dental care is FRET.

Justine said...

I don't have kids...yet. But I honestly have to say I don't think I would spend that much money on an electric toothbrush for them. I think while they are learning to brush their teeth and create habits it would be best to you a traditional brush, so they learn the right way. An electric brush might teach them to bit a bit lazy with the process.

As for me...I can't stand electrics. WAY too much tickle!

Jane said...

My daughter is 2, so every night we go into the bathroom and she picks one of her 3 toothbrushes from a cup. Lately it has been the one with a beaver on it... And I put toothpaste on it and brush her teeth for her and ask her to spit. I then rinse the toothbrush and have her practice her brushing... pretty simple.

Heidi said...

I brush my baby's teeth with a finger brush. He's getting his molars now so we're going to switch to a big kid toothbrush soon. My 3 year-old uses our Sonicare (with her own brush head and my help) because we just don't think the manual toothbrush was doing the job. So I'm really excited that Sonicare now has a kids' version.

Amanda said...

My daughter just turned 7 months, so currently we are using the baby mouth drops and a little finger rubbing on those 2 barely visable teeth :)

desperate housewife said...

We just use regular kids toothbrushes, and still do the brushing for them. Although Addy likes to have a turn when we're done. Eli just recently started OPENING his mouth; I'm pretty sure before then the brushing was just an exercise in futility.

Amy said...

Nate is 19 months old so but he loves his little toothbrush (or 4) but mostly loves the toothpaste. We brush at bedtime and for now we pretty much let him chew on it as he pleases. I try to do quick brushes of all his teeth in the .4 nanoseconds he allows me.

Eleanor Q. said...

We are currently sporting an Elmo toothbrush around here. The way it works is that I say "mommy first" and Fussbot lets me brush his top teeth (mostly). Then he demands that the toothbrush be rewet and I get to brush the bottom teeth (somewhat). Then he gets a "turn" and alternates between eating the bristles and holding the toothbrush under the running water for eons.

Jolene said...

Both my kids (4 and 8) brush their own teeth. I should probably be paying more attention to what is actually taking place.

Livinia Redlips said...

My 8 and 11 year olds brush on their own and despite 'beeswax' teeth - have never had a cavity. My 11 year old loves the disposable electrics & my 8 year old likes the manual ones. I had a sonicare for years and years and it only now just wore out (srsly - I had it for about 10 years). You can get the brush heads for much cheaper at Costco - so it makes the cost less of a shocker/year. I would love to have the kids model! Or the gift card!

Maxine said...

Nicer review. We just discovered electric toothbrushes in our household too. My son is obsessed!

Leah Rubin said...

When I am in charge of my grandson's bedtime routine, I help him brush with a Crest automatic toothbrush.

This was very informative, well done. But I think it's too pricey for me!

Susan said...

I use the grown-up Sonicare toothbrush, and I've found I don't have to change the brush-part nearly as often as they recommend. I did the first time, but felt like I was throwing away an almost new brush. Now I'm waiting for the second one to look at least a little ratty before I discard it -- and it's holding up really well way past the changing-date. By the way, not trying to increase my odds here, I gotta say I really love it. I read somewhere that an electric toothbrush only gets teeth 80% as clean as a manual cleaning, but it gets MY teeth about 10 times cleaner than MY manual cleaning! It's great!

Enniferjay said...

The kids brush with the manual style toothbrushes, but we do the lying down thing when (or if) I do flossing. I call it "tickling" their teeth. That seems to help. So does the toothpast that has little stars in it. I also want a Sonicare for me.

PS My word verification is "padsize." Ew.

lisa said...

Somehow over our 2 month travels around the US I thought I lost my sonicare toothbrush. I went and bought a new one. Once we got back to Japan and the boxes started rolling in so did my toothbrush. In a box. I packed my toothbrush in a box, evidently. Now we had three sonicares so the extra went to Nathan who mostly likes to use it to scrub the bathroom counter. He had one of the cheap throw away electric ones that I didn't like because the toothbrush head is like as big as his mouth. I like the sonicares because the heads are small.

I think in "theory" it works to have one toothbrush and multiple heads but dude, Im way too lazy to do that or I'd forget and use someone elses and- yeah. But- I completely agree the heads are overpriced. Especially the day I put a brand new one on, found out I had strep and was told to throw it out. $25- brand new toothbrush, trash. And- fyi- I tried boiling it to kill whatever germs might be there.....lets just say the sonicare heads are NOT boilable. What came out of the pan was melted toothbrush.

Mom_Of_4-Stl said...

We use Sonicare and have been thinking about getting them for our 3 kids - #4 still has only gums :) - because they have improved our checkups.
I think I would have to invest in more than one base though because there's no telling what our 8 yr old would do with his brother's brush head!

Linda V said...

We have used the cool blue rinse to encourage longer brushing and so far it has helped.

Kathi A said...

We alternate between using a regular toothbrush and a cheap battery-powered one. Brushing my son's teeth has always been a battle. I think a nice fancy toothbrush might make things easier but I'm too cheap to buy one.

Kim said...

My 5 yr old brushes by himself most of the time and then I will follow after and do a final brushing. The 3yr old on the other hand has me do it all for her, from putting the toothpaste on to brushing. If I didn't I don't know what mess would be in her mouth. Maybe an electric one would help her(or less work for me?)

melanie said...

i have always felt that 2 minutes of brushing seems excessive. but i sure would hate to find beeswax on my kids' teeth! we just line them up and start brushing. pretty much just at night. if they remember, they can brush their own teeth in the morning. i know, this is not recommended. we need to get better. but so far i just haven't fit that all into our morning routine...

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Felicia said...

We use the same toothbrushes you have in your original picture. I feel like we need to do something more though. felicia3 AT gmail

Maureen said...

We use the Oral B Vitality-reasonably priced, and you can get the replacement heads at Costco or Sams. They work very well!

JC said...

I got them electric toothbrushes since it seems easier and funnier for them to enjoy brushing teeth ritual. But I got to admit that Sonicare sounds like a better option for my next purchase if I need to get them new ones.

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Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

My son uses an Oral B toothbrush, he's 2 so I have to supervise of course when he's brushing cause he tends to want to eat more toothpaste, than brush!

DanielleCorrelle said...

My kids are 1 (almost 2) and 3. We have currently THREE toothbrushes for each of them in the bathroom. They like choices. So they get to brush their teeth and show me it's done, and then I ask if I might just help a little and they say sure, and so I re-brush to make sure they are all "shiny and sparkly clean" as they say when we're finished and they beam at me to emphasize.

Amanda said...

How do I handle my children's dental care?

I mostly yell at them to go brush their teeth then bitch that it took them five yells to listen to me. I replace tooth brushes when anyone is sick. I take them for cleanings twice per year. We use manual brushes.

Aspenchick said...

My son is 19 months and we are still struggling to get him to allow us in there for a reasonable amount of time to brush. My plan was to pick up an electric toothbrush this weekend. I noticed a Sonicare ad somewhere else online, but see its only for ages 4+, so I think we'll go with another, less expensive brand for now. I use a Sonicare on myself, which keeps them really clean in between professional cleanings.

luckysunset said...

Sorry, no kids. But I use an electric toothbrush and I know you cannot get your teeth as clean with the manual kind.

amy said...

My husband and I, along with our three kids, actually all use Sonicare toothbrushes (one handle, five heads--eeek!), but my nine year old was seriously just saying that they should make Sonicare kid toothbrushes, and lo and behold... Seriously, they make a difference. My son hates brushing his teeth and with a manual brush, he really doesn't do a good job, but somehow with the electric toothbrush, he gets them pretty clean. I just wish they weren't so expensive. They do really make a difference. I'd consider buying one holder and three heads for the kids, though.

Sounds like I'm talking about monsters.

Beth A. said...

These days, I let the four-year-old brush her own teeth, then go over them myself to make sure the back teeth get done. We just use a normal toothbrush, although the thought of an electric toothbrush is attractive since I have terrible teeth and want to spare my children having to get crowns in their 30s like me.

Kathleen said...

My kids use electric toothbrushes. So far we have been buying "diposable" ones that have different characters (Hello Kitty, Spiderman, etc) and change them every few months but I've been thinking about buying the plain kind where you change the brush head, just like Mom & Dad use!!

CAQuincy said...

Just twittered it!

P.S. My email address is caquincy@yahoo.com.

DanielleCorrelle said...

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Anonymous said...

I think that I may be in love with this product! Thanks for your honesty and attention to detail - as always, Swistle RULES!

-Laura

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Hotch Potchery said...

Unfortunately I handled my kids hygiene by paying a huge amount in dental and ortho bills.

sad.

J said...

I brush my 18 month old's teeth with a regular toothbrush then let him chew on it for a little while.

Melissa said...

I use inexpensive electric toothbrushes for my kids. But our dentist recommends Squiggle toothpaste and Spree gum for our kids which we can conveniently but from them. :) So are already spending some money there. I complain about the cost but keep buying because so far all three kids are cavity free. A couple of our neighbors are dentist and I know they love the Sonicare products

Mindy said...

Honestly, I just really need this right now. These toothbrushes could really help my UNMOTIVATED brushers.

Eve said...

I make sure they brush their teeth twice a day. They also floss and use mouthwash. I make sure they do that because I don't want them to have and breath.
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Nancy said...

I try to add a little incentive by buying toothbrushes they like (barbie, mickey, etc) and flavored toothpaste. It seems to make it a wee bit easier and more enjoyable.

Clarissa said...

We use character toothbrushes!
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JSmith5780 said...

I do a lot of helping at brushing time. We use the cheapo auto toothbrushes, but I bet this would hold up better. I know I am happy with my Sonicare toothbrush.

Mommy Daisy said...

My son (3 years old) is allowed to brush his own teeth, but he must let me "follow up". That way I'm letting him learn to clean them (he does pretty good), yet I know they are getting as clean as they need to be when I finish.

Noodle said...

ugghh... I need to do a better job at this. Maybe a really expensive toothbrush for my daughter would help?

suzanne said...

This is how I handle dental hygiene with my 2 year old.
1. Give her hello kitty $5 electric toothbrush, tell her to get started.
2. 30 seconds later find her squeezing shampoo into the toilet.
3. re-direct her to brushing again.
4. spend the next 5 minutes telling her to keep the toothbrush in her mouth.
5. Finally end up with her on my lap doing it myself.

Rebecca said...

We just got the adult ones and love 'em. My kids are asking for their own...

LStewart said...

My girls are grown and handle their own dental care now. I do however have my grandsons living with me and they both love ‘tooth time’. Lil Man has his own special brush and toothpaste. He will brush for a while then I finish up for him. After he rinses he loves to smile really big and show his pearly whites. Lil Bit has just cut his first two teeth. Ever since he was born I would wash his gums with wash cloth but now that he has two front teeth I have a fingertip mini brush I use to brush those little teeth and we will slowly graduate him to a regular brush when he is older.

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msheidi104 said...

I have a little one 2 years old. An electric toothbrush would probably freak the heck out of him at this point, although I would love to try it. I've never tried an electric toothbrush.

carmen said...

I love to turn on some music and have the kids dance around to it while they brush!
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Frazzled Mom said...

Alright - from the time my child's first tooth came in, I swore I would be very vigilant in cleaning her teeth. Once that first tooth came in, I was brushing it twice a day with one of those finger brushes. But compared to you, I'm a little lax. My 2 1/2 year old brushes her own teeth twice a day, and has been doing it for a year. She does a horrible job and I keep worrying I will get reprimanded by the dentist when I take her in January. I'm constantly monitoring her brushing, telling her to brush the back teeth (not sure she understands what I'm saying) and looking at her teeth - they look decent.

You see, a year ago, she insisted on brushing her teeth herself - and she's stubborn. Any attempts by me to help resulted in strong protests from her. I decided since she needed to eventually brush her own teeth that I wouldn't discourage that, and me insisting on doing it for her would only cause her to completely rebel against teeth brushing. I do give her fluoride drops once a day since she can't spit out fluoride tooth paste yet. But she does try and I think I may be able to switch her to fluoride tooth paste soon.

Messy Kitchen, Frazzled Cook said...

Well, anything that helps kids brush their teeth...for more than a nano-second, sound good to me.

NGS said...

I don't have kids, but I brush my own teeth? Does that count?

Stephanie said...

Toothbrushing at my house with my darling 3 yr old is a HUGE battle. Maybe this could help!

cruisefan said...

My oldest teenage daughter has a sonicare. The sonicare helps her remember to keep brushing for the full 2 minutes and move the toothbrush to different areas of her mouth.

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