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Brushbaby Product Review

A mum developed Brushbaby in order to create products that were easy to use and also to inspire parents to look after their children’s teeth.  I love the fact that she didn’t come from a dental background and yet managed to create a buzz about dental products for children.

I jumped at the chance when I was approached by Brushbaby to write a review of some of their products as I have been using this brand since my son was tiny. They sent me some samples of products I have used before as well as some I haven’t and I willingly introduced them to the clan!

Until recently the Brushbaby brand was only easily purchaseable online but it has been nice to see that it is becoming more widely available in high street shops such as Superdrug, Boots, Asda and Sainsburys to name a few and I hope to see them expand further.

As a faithful user of their products I have included the good bits and bad bits as I see them. These are entirely my own opinion based on using Brushbaby for the last 2 years! I hope that it helps others to see the benefits of using these items with their little ones.

One of the main aspects that drew me to Brushbaby initially was that the toothpaste contains Xylitol.  Xylitol is an interesting little sugar, yes, it is a sugar and it may seem strange that a toothpaste contains sugar but there is a reason for that.  The theory is that Xylitol is ‘eaten’ by the bacteria that cause diseases like tooth decay but they can’t digest it properly.  The bacteria are unable to create the acid that is damaging to teeth and it may be that it kills them in the process.

There is inconclusive evidence regarding this at present but it does look like there may be a link with exposure to xylitol twice a day and reduced incidence of dental decay.  I am intrigued enough by the research to believe that there may be something in it which is one of the reasons I chose to use the Brushbaby products with my son.

Dental Wipes

Suggested Age Range: 0-16 months

Summary: Wiping baby mouths from an early age (I started to do this when Z was 3 months old) gets them used to the idea of cleaning their mouths and it is beneficial to remove any milk residue (breastmilk and formula both contain sugars) in order to create an environment in the mouth which is healthy for the teeth to develop into. These wipes slip onto your finger and can be used even when the teeth have started to erupt but are not a replacement for brushing especially as they do not contain fluoride

Great Stuff: The wipes have a pleasant banana flavour, which is often a favourite of little ones, and as they are individually packaged it is easy to fling a few in your changing bag for busy days. Contains xylitol which may help to reduce the presence of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth.

Niggly Bits: Can be a bit tricky if you have big hands like my husband! The occasional chomp can be a bit painful (baby gums are hard!!)

Teething Toothpaste

Suggested Age range: 0-2 years

Summary: A pleasant fruity and fresh ‘applemint’ taste gel formula toothpaste which is great when combined with the chewable toothbrush and teether. It can be used as soon as the teeth start to show through. In fact I placed a small smear of toothpaste on the dental wipes when Z’s front teeth started to show through before moving on to the chewable toothbrush and teether.

Great Stuff: SLS free (sodium lauryl sulphate can cause irritation of the gum/cheeks/tongue etc and there is some research that links it with ulcers), paraben free, contains Xylitol (reduces numbers of those nasty plaque causing bacteria but only if used twice a day)

Niggly Bits: The Department of health recommends use of a fluoride toothpaste with not less than 1000ppm F- for 0-3 years

 Chewable Toothbrush and teether

Suggested Age Range: 10-36 months

Summary : I started using this when Z had four teeth in his mouth, which was around the 10 month mark.  It has been his favourite teether. I think it must be the texture that he likes. I still use this on occasion with Z, especially when his back teeth have been coming through and he has a been a bit more ‘bitey’ than usual or when he has been REALLY stubborn about brushing his teeth. It is still important for an adult to go in and clean afterwards as well.

Great Stuff: made from soft BPA-free silicone, easy to clean (place in dishwasher then steam/cold steriliser), brushes top and bottom teeth at the same time, can be used without toothpaste as a teether and cooled in the fridge to provide extra relief.

Niggly Bits: again, not really a niggle but definitely worth having more than one as they do get lost easily.

FirstBrush

Suggested Age Range: 0-18 months

Summary: The firstbrush is meant to be used by an adult to brush babies teeth and is excellent when used in combination with the Chewable toothbrush and teether. It is designed for use with the front teeth only and once the back teeth come through it is time to switch to something else.

Great Stuff: Very small head to allow effective cleaning of those tiny first front teeth (one of the smallest heads available!) ergonomic handle

Niggly Bits: A bit fiddly (But I think all toothbrushes are when used with tiny people), bristles can get bent out of shape easily.  I preferred the babysonic brush.

Children’s Applemint Toothpaste

Suggested Age Range: 0-3 years

Summary: Very similar to the teething toothpaste with a higher level of fluoride and no chamomile. I preferred this version of the toothpaste and it is perfectly safe to use with babies as long as only a small smear is used

Great Stuff: SLS and paraben free, nice non-foaming gel formula, contains the Department of Health recommended level of fluoride for 0-3 years (1000ppm) and xylitol

Niggly Bits: My son always asks for more of this toothpaste because it tastes so yummy! (not really a negative but I think this toothpaste is great so couldn’t think of anything else!)

Babysonic Electric Toothbrush

Suggested Age Range: baby brush head 0-18 months, toddler brush head 18 -36 months

Summary: There are two different sized heads for this battery powered toothbrush which means that it can be used from 0-36 months. The smaller head is probably one of the smallest on the market, bar the firstbrush which does make it a lot easier to clean inside little mouths. My husband and I both have electric toothbrushes and as Z entered the ‘me do it’ stage he wanted to be more like us. I started brushing my teeth before we did his with this brush and he became less resistant to the whole process.  This brush is meant to be used by adults on children and shouldn’t be chewed, now that Z is a little older we let him have a brush first and then do the majority for him afterwards.

Great Stuff:  Gentle vibrations that aren’t too ‘tickly’, 2 minute light up timer with 30 second pulse reminder, the light makes it easy to see inside the mouth, nice size brush heads, generally a great product

Niggly Bits: only available in one colour which can make it tricky if there is more than one child in the house, heads come off quite easily which sometimes happens during brushing

Floss Brush 3-6 years/6 years +

Suggested Age Range: 3-6 years and 6+ years

Summary:  Designed to help clean the gaps between teeth in children too young to be able to floss.  The 6 + brush also helps to clean the developing adult dentition. With the bristles of different sizes it is easier to clean into gaps left by missing baby teeth and also to get to the newly developing adult teeth.

**Remember teeth should still be cleaned by an adult until a child is able to tie their own shoelaces unassisted**

Great Stuff: Fantastic shaped handle that makes it easy for small hands to hold, nice range of colours available, good general toothbrush

Niggly bits: I think it is a misnomer to call it a flossbrush as it isn’t truly flossing between the teeth,

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Tutti Frutti Toothpaste age 3-6 years

Suggested Age Range: 3-6 years

Summary:  A good all round toothpaste for kids who often find mint an unpleasant taste (not all kids, some love it!).  The tutti frutti flavour is not too sweet and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Great Stuff: non-foaming gel formula, SLS and paraben free, pleasant non-minty taste, contains the Department of Health recommended level of fluoride for 3-6 years (>1000ppm) and xylitol

Niggly Bits:  None. A great toothpaste

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Kidzsonic Electric Toothbrush 3-6 years/6 +

Suggested Age Range: 3-6 years and 6 years +

Summary: Similar toothbrush head design to the flossbrush with bristles of two lengths to help clean awkward areas.  I’m not sure if these brushes help to increase the amount of plaque and bacteria in the mouth in comparison to a regular toothbrush but they are  very appealing and when I tried them out with the slightly older members of my household they were met with a resounding success.

Great Stuff: Appealing design which encourages kids to use them, 2 minute timer to aid correct brushing time with 30 second pulses,

Niggly Bits:   Limited choice of colours for 3-6 year olds and I’m one to try to avoid gender stereotypes when I can so would like to see other colours than pink and blue (although they are fairly subtly pink and blue which lessens the blow).

Children’s Spearmint toothpaste 6 +

Suggested Age Range: 6 years +

Summary:  A much milder taste for older children who find adult toothpaste too harsh or strong.  This toothpaste has a gel formula with a very pleasant taste which was a big hit with the older kids in our household

Great Stuff: Gentle, mild mint taste, SLS and paraben free, contains xylitol

Niggly Bits:  None.  A great toothpaste

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