Does anyone else struggle with the two minute rule, twice a day, for their children’s teeth clean? I’m not even sure the adults in our household follow that one religiously… But with tiny teeth, some adult ones in the mix and some having been whisked away by the tooth fairy, cleaning two mouths well for the right amount of time isn’t easy.
I remember I struggled when Scrip was two, but she got better and then D came along and we repeated the pattern. Now they sometimes want to do their own (but more often than not don’t), and even when they do I’m not sure they’re doing it right. I remember my dentist saying that until they can tie their own shoelaces they can’t properly brush their own teeth.
So, Playbrush has been a bit of a revelation. I first saw it popping up on Instagram stories across the country a few months ago and I was really keen to try it out when we were offered. We only ended up receiving one not two, but for a while that created a good healthy competition!
If you haven’t seen Playbrush, it’s a clever electric toothbrush for children that links with an app and helps your child brush correctly themselves. It can track which teeth are being brushed, if they’re pressing too hard, how long and gives scores at the end. There are games, puzzles and colouring and trial runs. There are a certain amount of free ones and more you can subscribe to.
Three year old D likes the Coach setting, where you see a cartoon mouth in front of you and you’re shown exactly where you need to brush to zap the animated germs. It makes it really straightforward (and fun) for him. While six year old Scrip enjoys the games, particularly the colouring one.
Overall, it feels a bit more relevant for Scrip and she’s been the keenest to keep it going and beat her scores. D finds it harder to work out the perspective and where to brush, and can’t understand the ‘brushing too hard warnings’, but his sister is only too happy to help/tell him off!
Thanks, Playbrush, for sending us one to try and helping turn a daily chore into something fun.
The Playbrush Smart Sonic costs £29.99 from Playbrush and includes 1 Playbrush Smart Sonic, 1 brush head, 1 charging dock and 4 free games. Additional games and brush heads are available through subscription from £3.99.