In my introduction to the Philips Sonicare for Kids electric toothbrush, I asked, and you answered!
“What’s the biggest struggle you have with your kids in regards to brushing their teeth?”
“Trying to get them to brush long enough,” and “getting them to brush in the first place” were the top two answers!
(Disclosure: Post sponsored by Philips Sonicare for Kids. All opinions are honest and my own, as always!)
The Sonicare for Kids app is a cool tool to help kids get used to brushing the required amount of time. I know when I was a teeny tiny kid and was given free reign to brush my teeth unsupervised, I would do the 4 corners, top & bottom for a few seconds and then I was done.
No bueno. Glad that habit didn’t last!
This is not nearly enough time for any toothbrush, and it’s easy to fall into this trap when there simply isn’t a way to know how much time has passed.
For example: I do planks every morning. If it weren’t for the ticking clock in my living room, I would be accelerating through “1…2…3..184.108.40.2069,” or chanting “1-Mississippi, 2-Mississipi, 3-Mississipi,” which we all know is nowhere CLOSE to one second. Very inaccurate. Our brains aren’t powered by quartz.
So when we expect our little ones to brush for a full (and real) 120 seconds, it’s bound to be a losing battle. Watching a clock isn’t any kind of interesting, and will be absolutely meaningless if they are too young to understand time.
This is where the Sonicare for Kids app comes in handy!
Not only does it track the 2 minutes they should be brushing (without numbers) – but it divides up the time by mouth quadrant to ensure that every nook and cranny is taken care of. For the first 90 days, the Sonicare starts at 1 minute and slowly eases in to 2 minutes so that it’s a gradual change.
It also helps them visually see the bacteria as tiny monsters so that they can understand that they actually are helping their teeth, just in case they didn’t think anything was happening.
And to get the routine down pat, the Sonicare Kids App can schedule reminders on your phone or tablet so that they never forget.
The app “game-ifies” toothbrushing and lets them reward Sparkly with unlocked achievements, gifts, and snacks (kind of like Candy Crush, but in a non-soul-sucking kind of way).
How else does the Sonicare for Kids motivate toothbrushing?
Well, the Sonicare for kids is just freaking cool. I remember when I got my first electric toothbrush – it was exciting! High tech! Automatic! And the fact that they can customize their brushes with 8 different fitted stickers means that they get to play a part in making it their own.
Does this work for little little ones?
The recommended minimum age is 3 on the box, and 4 on the Philips website. I would definitely stick with those recommendations. I pretty much terrified my 2-year-old with this thing. She’s very intrigued with Sparkly on the app, because it looks like the “berry monsters” that I tell her need to be brushed out of her teeth. (Very handy!) She also naturally loved all the stickers that come with the package.
However, I made the mistake of leaving the toothbrush on the high setting meant for older kids as opposed to the extra gentle mode. This freaked her little mouth out. Any attempts after that to even approach her with the toothbrush ended in tears and cries of: “No monsters! No monsters!”
All I can do is keep trying and maybe one day, she’ll realize that the little machine is one of the good guys trying to keep her teeth nice and healthy. Until that glorious day, we’ll just make do with an old-fashioned manual one.
If you want to win one, there’s still time! The giveaway has been extended until midnight on Monday, July 4th! Just enter below!
Open to Canadian residents of legal age (excluding Quebec).
Good luck and happy brushing!