Fortunately I don't have a problem with getting Kayla to brush her teeth. It's never been an issue, or a struggle, for us. She brushes first and we brush after her.
What I do have a problem with is Kayla biting down and 'chewing' the toothbrush more than she's actually brushing. You should see the bristles after only a couple weeks!
Mom Central was looking for bloggers to review the Sonicare For Kids toothbrush. I wondered if this might do the trick to curb her biting tendencies during brushing.
Although I do admit to being a little hesitant with whether she would actually tolerate a vibrating toothbrush in her mouth. I have a Sonicare and it took me several weeks to become used to brushing with an electronic toothbrush! So I really wasn't sure how Kayla would handle this and if her mouth would be too sensitive for it.
Sonicare For Kids comes with 2 toothbrush heads. One size is for 4+ and the other one is for 7+. It also features two kid-friendly power modes. Low mode for 4+ and high mode for 7+. The toothbrush is designed to encourage kids to brush for the recommended 2 minutes with a timer that gradually increases to 2 minutes over 90 days.
Another feature is that a short chime will play indicating it is time to move the brush to another section of the mouth. One the last (4th) section a longer 'congratulatory' chime plays signaling they're done and the toothbrush turns off automatically.
The handle is designed with different gripping locations for shared, or independent, brushing.
So how did Kayla tolerate this new electronic toothbrush? See for yourself...
I was shocked that she had no problems with the vibration, or noise, in her mouth. She loves it! And while she didn't have a problem brushing her teeth before, she's excited about brushing her teeth now. She goes in to the bathroom saying "my new toothbrush!" and after each brushing she still is saying "I did it!" after the chime. So far I haven't noticed the biting issues like she was doing with manual toothbrushes.
The only negative I've noticed so far is that now Lucas wants a toothbrush just like this...but I keep telling him you have to be 4 years old.