Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sonicare for Kids Review

Did you know that dentists recommend that kids brush their teeth for two minutes? As the kids have grown, we have gone through many stages of wanting, and not wanting to brush their teeth. When they want to brush their teeth they scrub for much longer than 2 minutes, then I go in and "check" and go over them all again. Entirely way too much time is spent in my home brushing the kids teeth.. from arguing to get it done, and then when it's time to put the brush down.
I always find it so hard to believe that children can get so many cavities. I know that when I was little my teeth were great- horrible teeth didn't start affecting me until I was an adult. Now, if I could afford to have them ripped out and get new ones (of one way or another) I would. Pregnancy took the worst toll on me.. I digress..

That being said, I wish I could say that I take them religiously to the dentist, but until recently we had no dental insurance for our entire family. You want to know my bad mommy confession? I just made my daughter her very first check-up appointment.

When Mom Central asked if I would be interested in participating in the Sonicare blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity.

From Mom Central:

More than half of parents struggle to get their kids to brush for the dentist recommended two minutes. Sonicare For Kids comes to the rescue with a new way to make daily tooth brushing more effective…and fun! This innovative power toothbrush, designed for kids ages 4-10, incorporates patented sonic technology and has features such as the KidTimer to extend brushing time each day until kids reach the recommended two minutes. The unique KidPacer plays musical tones to indicate when to begin brushing another quadrant of the mouth, and interchangeable design panels allow your kids to choose a style that's all their own.

These features can help parents educate their kids about the importance of oral health during daily routines in a fun and memorable way. If you're one of the 60 percent of parents who struggle with getting their children to stick to morning and nighttime routines, simple steps like guiding them on proper brushing techniques can make everyone's schedule a bit more manageable.

Follow the simple ABC's of Sonicare For Kids and in no time your kids will be reminding you when it's time to brush:
• A: Advise your kids on the importance of oral health—just as milk makes for strong bones, brushing makes for healthy teeth and gums
• B: Brush your teeth with your kids and make it fun
• C: Create special moments with your child after brushing, extending this time into your daily routine
When we got our Sonicare for Kids toothbrush, the kids were eager and excited to use it. (It does need to charge for 24 hours before your first use, so make sure you allot that time.) They picked the faceplate that they thought was the coolest- without arguing- and helped me pop it on.

I love that the Sonicare for Kids comes with two different sized brushes- one for ages 7 and up, and the other for kids 4 and up. Both of the heads that came with this brush work for my kids (Alex is 7 and Abbie is 4), so one got the red smaller size, and the other got the big blue one. The body has two settings, also age appropriate, so you get a gentle cleaning mode for mouths of all different sizes.

The Sonicare for Kids vibrations felt ticklish at first, but after the first five or six times, they both got used to it completely. Over the first 90 days, the time gradually increases to the full 2 minutes that dentists recommend. The kids haven't noticed the time starting to get longer at all; they love the little tune it plays when its time to move to the next section of your mouth. 

Every morning and every night both of the kids ask me if they can use it to brush their teeth. I change the heads, but it's simple enough that they could do it by themselves. They put it back on the charger when it needs it, but honestly, it's got one heck of a shelf life- not like other cheaper brands I've purchased in the past. So far, they treat this toothbrush much better than our past tooth brushes, and I always find it in its spot. I feel that their oral hygeniene habits have definitely improved since we've received our Sonicare for Kids toothbrush.

You can find the Sonicare for Kids on shelves at Walmart, at Target, and online at The price of this unit is approximately $70.

"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Sonicare and received a free Sonicare For Kids toothbrush to facilitate my review.”



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