Playbrush Review | Introduction
Dental health is one of the things that easily gets my attention. I am determined to give my toddler the best I can in this area; unfortunately, mine leaves much to be desired. So, when I was at the Baby and Toddler Show last month, the Playbrush’s poster at the Little Saints UK stand made me pause.
Playbrush? Brushing, and play? It seemed a bit like an oxymoron, but one I desperately wanted to consistently experience with my toddler. The demonstration was like magic, and it dared me to dream of lovely toddler brushing possibilities.
You see, I didn’t start brushing my toddler when his first tooth came out as recommended; even then, I thought we had it in the bag … that is until he became assertive about his wants and likes.
For reasons I can’t quite figure out, his dad has way more success in getting him brushing than I do. But I need to sort him out sometimes, and I’m fed up with our increasing brushing frustrations, disagreements, and tears.
So, when I stumbled on the opportunity to review the Playbrush, I was definitely game … anything to improve our brushing time is worth the try.
Sent free of charge for my independent and honest review
Playbrush Review | Key features
The Playbrush basically turns brushing into a game, by transforming manual toothbrushes into game controllers via Bluetooth connection to designated smartphones or tablets.
Its brushing games are free for download on iOS and Android devices:
- Utoothia Sky
- Utoothia Magic
- Utoothia Paint
Users control game characters with their brushing movements, to earn rewards and get live brushing feedback and tips, over periods of 2 mins at a time. The device makes this possible by measuring brushing speed, duration, and position.
This is meant to encourage good oral hygiene to keep parents, children, teeth, and dentists happy; by promoting:
- Longer (2 mins at a go) brushing
- Regular (twice-a-day) brushing
- Better and accurate brushing (all around the mouth)
It aims to transform brushing from being a battleground to an entertaining and effective activity.
It works with existing household items: 95% of manual toothbrushes, micro USB charger plug, Amazon Kindle Fire, iOS, and Android devices.
Also, it can be shared, as each game allows for multiple player profiles, and each device can accommodate up to 6.
Lastly, the games comes with cheerful tunes that can be switched off in the settings if desired.
Playbrush Review | Our experience
The device is convenient and straightforward, and the accompanying games are fun, instructional, varied, and rich.
Its indicator lights turn green when it’s on and red when it needs charging.
The smartphone holder is sturdy and easy to attach.
It’s the right size for both home use and travel.
It has a 30-days money back guarantee, a 2-years warranty, and it allows for multiple users – features of a robust product.
However, it is not waterproof; but I see it lasting for a long period of time, if used as intended.
We are using it with our toddler who is just under 3 years of age; though it’s aimed at 3 to 12 year olds. It has however been tested on younger and older children, and I reckon adults will enjoy it too.
It has transformed daddy and son brushing routine, to a family fun time – daddy supporting son to brush, mesmerised son very happy to be helped as he watches his progress on the screen, and mummy eager to read out the positive feedback and tips to commend and improve toddler’s brushing.
I tell you, I have never seen my toddler so excited about brushing, with or without toothpaste. If he had his way, we would play the games throughout the day.
So far, we’ve tried the Utoothia Sky and Paint games; the Paint one is more age appropriate for us, even though our little one is happy with either.
The Playbrush games are really interactive and engaging; some have a leaderboard for brushing performance comparison. They also give lots of choices, monitoring, and offers oodles of enjoyment, whilst promoting good dental health.
They really are a treasure trove of brushing fun … a true ‘learning through play’ device; my, I see years of brushing enjoyment ahead.
Playbrush Review | Top 5 likes
- Portable for home use and travel
- Adds fun and excitement to brushing
- Cost effective and good value for money
- Instructional and high quality games that embed good brushing habits
- Easy setup, use, and maintenance – really clear instruction manual, on-screen guidelines, and online information.
Playbrush Review | Overall
The Playbrush is a smart toothbrush add-on to have … a fun way to hopefully prevent future dental problems and costs, whilst helping to develop, maintain, and improve oral hygiene.
It’s use of screen time bothered me a bit; less, not more is what I want for my toddler. But my, the outcomes it offers for 4 mins a day is definitely worth it. And my concern about how to keep my excited toddler calm for bedtime, with his unfulfilled requests for another go after night-time brushing, has not been realised.
The smartphone holder has so far held up my phone, and made it easier to keep it away from splashes and falls.
I also really appreciate the intended and incidental learning opportunities that this device gives.
They come in blue and pink colours (and a green limited Christmas edition with stickers – on sale at the moment). You can buy them from Playbrush, Amazon, and selected retailers. The Playbrush webstore seems to offer the cheapest prices; its currently on sale for £19.99 (usually £26.99). You can also buy their smartphone holder, as well as quarterly or yearly (currently on sale for £8) toothbrush subscriptions.
How do you motivate your children to develop and maintain good oral hygiene?
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