The Sonicare for kids is a toothbrush your children will love to use... but is it any good?
The short answer is "YES"!
This is a brush in the Phillips Sonicare range aimed at children in the 4 year to 10 year age group. Almost all the kids that come in to my office have one, after I recommend it to the parents.
They tell me it turns toothbrushing into a fun activity, and the kids all love it!
The Sonicare for Kids has the same patented sonic technology as the adult models, but it also has a few extra features aimed at the younger brusher.
The special features of this kids electric toothbrush are:
1. Reduced power - it has 2 settings, marked for the 4+ and 7+ age groups. You can set the power to whichever setting you want. Sometimes the 4-year olds will prefer the higher power setting, and sometimes the 10-year olds will want the lower setting. It's important not to feel that you have to stick to the numbers!
2. Changeable face plates, in yellow, blue and black, so your kids can change the look of the brush when they want. This is something that children really seem to enjoy. The only possible problem is losing the faceplates that are not in use, so keep them somewhere safe!
3. Musical chimes every 30 seconds to remind them to move on to the next section. This is quite a short time span. We all know that kids can get bored very quickly, but I would recommend trying to get them into the habit of spending 30 seconds of brushing time in each corner of the mouth, then another 30 seconds on the front teeth.
Remember to switch your kids to a regular adult fluoride toothpaste as early as you can. Also to encourage them to just spit out after brushing, but NOT to rinse out with water, or to drink anything for 30 minutes. This lets a thin layer of fluoride toothpaste remain around the teeth, where it can strengthen the enamel much better.
An extra game that a lot of children seem to enjoy is using disclosing tablets to color up any plaque on their teeth before brushing. Then they can see where they need to brush to get shiny white teeth! Disclosing tablets are relatively cheap, and are an excellent way to help kids learn how to brush properly.
This specialized children's brush comes with a number of the regular Sonicare features; it is rechargeable, so you're not paying for new batteries every month; It comes with 2 brush head sizes, both of them for kiddie-sized mouths; (BUT I recommend sticking with the smallest size available); and of course the standard Sonicare quality construction.
This is a link to more information on the Philips Sonicare for Kids; a fun way to encourage your children to brush their teeth. Most kids really seem to enjoy using it, and after seeing the results for myself, and hearing parents' comments, I highly recommend it!
If you're looking for a new ADULT toothbrush, I recommend the Cybersonic Sonic Care toothbrush. Read my review of this brush here.