Disclosure: I received two toothbrushes for review from Philips. All opinions are my own.
Kenzie is starting to blossom into Ms. Independent and has been dressing herself, trying to change Mason's diapers, cleaning up after herself as well as attempting to braid her own hair. In addition to these tasks, how lucky am I that my children actually enjoy brushing their teeth by themselves? I know many of our friends who have children with extensive dental work and I am trying so hard to avoid that. The New Philips Sonicare for Kids is a rechargeable electric toothbrush for kids 4+ years old. Hubs and I have been using our own Philips Sonicare toothbrushes for years so I was excited to introduce Kenzie to her very own as she has been curious about ours.
The Philips Sonicare for Kids is similar to the adult version but with a customizable front panel and additional stickers. There are many options so your child will find something to suit their personality. Kenzie decided to choose the colorful water drop design while Mason opted for the action monsters (well I chose it for him because it's rad). You simply peel off and stick to the front panel which also has a sticker on the back that adheres it to the front of the toothbrush. You can easily swap out different stickers when your child wants to.
Simply plug in the base and sit your toothbrush on top to charge. I usually just put my toothbrush back onto the charging base after each use so I did the same with Kenzie's after the initial charge. She now knows to place it right back after brushing. This electric toothbrush for kids will allow parents peace of mind in knowing that their child is brushing their teeth effectively. There is a KidTimer which gradually increases to two minutes to train kids to brush for the dentist-recommended time. Kenzie would brush her teeth for 20-30 minutes if I let her but since I want her to hurry and get in bed, it's awesome to have this timer to give her a kick.
The KidPacer provides fun sounds to encourage kids to brush the front and back part of their upper and lower teeth. This is a great feature for little ones who are learning how to brush. Mason is enjoying brushing his teeth and gets mad when he doesn't get his brush when Kenzie is brushing. I show him how to brush up and down and side to side. The handle is easy to grip for even the littlest hands. I help Mason at times but he usually wants to take control. We don't turn on the toothbrush but once he gets a bit older, we will turn on the brush and let him go at it.
The patented sonic technology drives fluid between teeth and along the gum-line, gently delivering more than 500 brush strokes per second. The Philips Sonicare for Kids removes up to 75% more plaque than a manual toothbrush in hard to reach areas. I have already seen a difference in Kenzie's teeth since she has been using this compared to her standard toothbrush. She has already asked for a second to take to preschool as they brush their teeth after meals there.
Check out how other parents encourage their children to be independent in the infographic below.
Help your child form a lifetime of healthy oral care habits for less than the average cost to treat a single cavity. My friends have spent thousands of dollars in treating their children's teeth so let me tell you that this is a costly problem. Make sure to educate your child in the importance of brushing their teeth and dedicate the time to show them how to brush. Even though Kenzie knows how to brush her teeth she sometimes wants Hubs or I there just to show us how well she does it. This encouragement at an earlier age can lead to healthier habits and teeth as she grows. Bonus - Mason watches and learns as well!