Kids these days eh? Or is it parents these days? I don’t know. But I do know I am the kind of mum that uses glass bottles for their water, uses organic ingredients only and paraben free skincare wherever possible. I try and do my best for my kids and I am sure every parent does their personal best too, whatever that means. Now teeth – dental care is hugely important. I did not take care of my teeth well growing up and had a ton of fillings – it has made me paranoid about making sure the kids teeth is well cared for, baby teeth or not.
A third of all children starting school each year show tooth decay and the biggest reason kids are given general anaesthetic in the UK is because of teeth extractions. It is important to brush your babies teeth!
I have been trying the Foreo Issa Mikro toothbrush, created for kids aged 0-4 years.
If you have never heard of Foreo, the brand make a selection of face cleansing brushes and also dental care products made of silicone and that also vibrate for extra cleansing power. The first Issa brush for adults was launched in 2014 (I have not tried it but a few people have told me they love it as it’s very gentle).
The Mikro comes in it’s own case and is charged my USB.
The Mikro using a nonporous silicone brush and dries quickly to minimise bacteria child up. You can also turn it on for the sonic pulsing (brush and massage mode). It is completely waterproof too and comes in 5 colours. I have the cute teal colour.
The ‘bristles’ are silicone and very soft as you can see. Currently I use kids toothbrushes with both of the kids and they work fine although I can’t say the younger one loves brushing his teeth.
So I have been trying this toothbrush on H2 (who is 1 and a half) for a few months. I have to be honest here and for the first few times he was not happy. I suppose because the brush is completely unfamiliar to him and it feels different to a bristle brush he put up quite a fight about it. He hated it even more when I turned the vibrate function on.
So over the next week I tried to give it to him as a chewing toy, so he could get used to the sensation – sometimes that worked, sometimes it did not. He did gradually get used to the sensation of the brush though.
I am happy that this brush does a good job cleaning and I like that it is so soft you can’t damage the gums – when you are brushing for someone else you can always be a little heavy handed. The only issue was getting him used to using the brush which I have to say, after 4 weeks, he is only just slightly warming to.
So should I try this on the older child instead? I may do. I figured the younger child would give up less of a fight at trying a new brush but perhaps it is the older one I can reason with that will take to it better. I will give it a try and let you know.