I’m paranoid about dental hygiene.
A few years ago, I went to a wedding where they had a “bingo” icebreaker game at the reception. On your bingo card was a bunch of traits or activities, and you had to find people around the room who qualified. For example: find someone who speaks at least two languages, who has visited more than 5 countries, or can play an instrument.
The concept was nice, but eventually it became less about getting to know your table mates and more about finding “that guy” who fit whatever profile was in that box.
I became the go-to for: “find someone who flosses.”
Apparently it’s not something people like to do!
I floss at LEAST twice a day. I love flossing. So much. It’s become such a habit that I can no longer brush my teeth without flossing beforehand.
Because I have such a dedicated dental routine, I was a bit anxious the first time we started brushing Sweet Pea’s teeth and were met with tears of misery. Wiping her gummy infant mouth was a breeze, but when we had to take a toothbrush to her new chompers, it was a different story.
Nowadays, she brushes her teeth for a few seconds before she says “I’m done now!”
Ahahah.. you’re telling me like you have a choice in the matter.
Ironically, it’s almost like pulling teeth trying to brush hers. I’m not proud of it, but we have to bribe her. We bribe her with the phone.
If we let her look at pictures or videos (highest requests are for ones of herself), she’ll be obedient enough to let us scrub around for a minute or two. My only hope is that we are somewhat effective for the short amount of time before she finally clamps up.
When I was asked to review the Philips Sonicare for Kids, I was excited that I don’t need to be guilty of my smartphone bribery after all!
The Sonicare for Kids is a rechargeable electric toothbrush that works in conjunction with a mobile app (iOS or Android). The app connects via Bluetooth and knows whether the toothbrush is running or not. It stars a little furry purple guy named Sparkly that desperately needs his teeth brushed! The concept is that kids will be encouraged to brush for the recommended period of time because Sparkly’s dirty, grimy mouth can only get fully clean after 2 minutes of brushing.
With the app, the timer on the bottom right hand corner counts down until all of Sparkly’s teeth (and your kid’s) teeth are clean and properly brushed. Game-like achievements are unlocked after different milestones.
The recommended age is 3+ and up, so Sweet Pea is on the younger side of things. When I first introduced it to her, she was interested in the “monster” right away. One of my little scare tactics is that she has to brush her teeth or the “berry monsters” will dig holes in her mouth. (Convenient that the monster vaguely resembles some kind of blueberry.)
There are two different toothbrush modes: Gentle and Extra Gentle – the latter being for younger children to help them get used to it. These modes are toggled by a button on the lower half of the toothbrush.
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Good luck, and happy brushing!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Philips and I was provided with the Sonicare for Kids for the purposes of presenting and reviewing it on the blog. All opinons are honest and my own, as always!