We all know how important it is that our children brush their teeth properly. Tales of the tooth fairy, never ending warnings about sugar, and trips to the dentist make it pretty difficult for us to forget. Stats from a new dental survey from FOREO even revealed the shocking news that a whopping 55% of three to five-year olds already have a filling….
- Two minutes might as well be two years to a toddler
- They want to do it themselves… but let’s face it don’t quite have the technique down
- Apparently the brush is some kind of chew toy
- I can barely brush my own teeth properly, how do I teach the kids?
I actually got to speak to Dr Hughes myself and he cleared up one thing I had been worrying about. My ten year old son has autism and teeth cleaning has been a nightmare. To add to my worries he refuses to use anything but strawberry flavour baby toothpaste even though he now has a few adult teeth.
Dr Hughes reassured me that although adult toothpaste would be ideal, it's the brushing that really counts so as long as my son's baby toothpaste has some fluoride in it's better to stick to it if he is more likely to clean his teeth regularly.
I was given two FOREO sonic toothbrushes to try - one for me and one for my 13 year old son who is not keen on electric toothbrushes and regularly "forgets" to clean using a standard toothbrush.
He loves the silicone feel of the brush and the slight buzzing sensation which is much more subtle than most electric toothbrushes. I had been using a round headed electric toothbrush but also much prefer the way my new FOREO feels on my sensitive teeth.
The big fact I've saved til last though is the battery life. Are you ready for this? The battery life on the FOREO ISSA 2 range is around a year. Yes! One entire year! Especially perfect for those who regularly travel and don't need the extra hassle of packing charge leads. It doesn't take long to charge either.
I like the fact that the Foreo looks like a "proper"toothbrush and you brush your teeth in the same way but get a much better clean. You do need to change the heads around every six months but you can buy replacements easily enough - Boots for instance does them online. All of the ranges come in a variety of gorgeous colours to suit all tastes.
Any negatives? Well I wish my "adult" FOREO ISSA rewarded my cleaning efforts with a smily face like my son's mini model but you can't have everything can you?
FOREO ISSATM mikro is available from foreo.com, RRP: £79, and the ISSATM mini 2 is available from Selfridges, RRP: £99.
Survey conducted by Atomik Research on behalf of FOREO among 2,002 UK adults aged 18+ including 1,000 parents of under-16s.
*Disclaimer: I received two FOREO toothbrushes free for the purpose of this honest review.