We used to spend a lot of time in the bathroom, counting to twenty while we brushed certain parts of Olivia’s mouth. Often, she would get bored, stop and it would leave us still brushing her teeth to make sure that she was getting the job done right.
I’ve got some memories from when Olivia was younger, coming back now with Violet. We spent a lot of time piled into the master bath, brushing teeth and holding kids down to get a few seconds of brushing across those important baby teeth, nowhere near the recommended two minutes. There are always threats of no one leaving the bathroom until all the teeth have been brushed, as we try to get into a fall routine for the impending early September days of back to school.
Research has shown 49% of children aged three-12 are adamant about brushing their teeth without adult supervision, in comparison to other activities like styling their hair (34%), preparing a meal (8%), and making their bed (22%). Although half of children were adamant about brushing their teeth on their own without adult supervision, almost one-third of parents said they were not satisfied their children brushed properly when unsupervised. Parents worry the consequences of improper or incomplete brushing can be much worse than picking an outfit that doesn’t match.
As she heads into Kindergarten this year, we are transitioning from a non-morning family to a family that has to be up and out of the house, before 8:00. Developing routines, and shortcuts that are going to help ensure that we’re on time is essential.
Philips Sonicare for kids is one of those ways to streamline the morning routine. After a week of brushing with her, she’s got the routine down. She knows that when she hears the chiming from the brush it’s time to switch areas of her mouth, and at the end of the two minute brushing routine, she’s finished. With two modes of use, and grips that are friendly for both parents and children, it’s a simple way to teach children to do it themselves.
My favorite part? The tones that sound throughout the brushing process, allowing us to get in the full two minutes without the nagging and Olivia quickly learning to segment brushing into four quadrants of the mouth, switching when she hears the tones coming from her new Sonicare for Kids.
Philips Sonicare for Kids
- Patented sonic technology drives fluid between teeth and along the gum-line, gently delivering more than 500 brush strokes per second
- Removes up to 75% more plaque than a manual toothbrush in hard to reach areas
- Ultra-Soft brush heads are designed to gently clean and protect teeth as they grow
- Brushing signals to maximize the brushing time, and ensure that the full recommended two minutes of brushing time is achieved during each session
The process begins as soon as you remove the toothbrush from the box. The toothbrush kit includes an easy to decorate Face plate, attaching to the brush to make it their unique brush. One charge will get you through three weeks, from sleepovers at grandma’s to a quick weekend trip to the beach, and back home.
Not sold on the cost of electric toothbrushes? Use the extra brush heads to switch between kids (and the included stickers to determine who’s brush head is who’s) to offset the costs, and get these features for more than one kid.
It’s the easiest way to get in over 500 brush strokes per second, get cleaner teeth and get those two minutes of teeth cleaning in earlier in their lives, to build those good habits for the future.