Oral health is important for everyone and it is important that children build good habits from early in their lives. Having these habits will save children from dental health problems in the future. The features included in these electric toothbrushes are to encourage children into healthy brushing habits. We’re going to take a look at how effective these features are and why you’d rather get this for your child than an adult one. We’re going to take a look at the two leading brands offerings for children, the Sonicare For Kids and the Oral-B Stages Power children electric toothbrushes, so you can be clear on what is the best electric toothbrush for kids.
Feature No.1 – Brushing Timer
The Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush effectively encourages children to brush for two minutes by starting at one minute and gradually extending day after day with the intent of getting children to develop the habit of brushing for two minutes. The Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrush comes with the regular 2 minute brushing timer as comes on all Oral-B models. From this comparison, I can tell that Philips have really taken to mind how children behave when it comes to brushing their teeth an the Oral-B has just managed to include a basic feature to be found on electric toothbrushes.
Feature No.2 – Brushing Modes
The Sonicare For Kids toothbrush has two brushing modes for children of different ages; a low power mode for children ages 4-7 and a full power mode for kids 7+. The full power mode is the same as in all Sonicare electric toothbrush models, 31,000 brush strokes per minute and the low power mode is probably the equivalent of the ‘Sensitive’ mode on regular Sonicare electric toothbrushes. The Oral-B unfortunately only has one mode, which is its full power, and can be used by children from 3+. Even more disappointing to us is that the cleaning technology within the Oral-B is only Oral-B’s 2D technology. That means the brush head doesn’t pulsate 40,000 times, but only rotates 5,600 times per minute. If you want to learn more about Oral-B’s cleaning technologies link to my previous article: Sonicare vs Oral-B – Choosing the Best Electric Toothbrush. The Oral-B trails behind the Sonicare here, and you’d be doing better just buying a regular Oral-B model with the option of a low power mode if this is a deal breaker for you.
Feature No.3 – Interchangeable Toothbrush Heads
The Sonicare For Kids electric toothbrush also comes with two different sized childrens brush heads of its Sonicare For Kids brush head, a smaller one for children between the ages of 4-7 and a bigger one for children older than 7. You can be sure that this toothbrush adapts around the needs of your child as he or she grows so you won’t need to keep buying your child a new toothbrush as they age. The Oral-B also offers the smaller Oral-B Stages Power brush head for this electric toothbrush although still the Sonicare outdoes the Oral-B in this aspect.
Feature No.4 – Interval Timer
Philips Sonicare For Kids includes a KidPacer feature. The toothbrush communicates to children when to switch to another quadrant of the mouth. This is essentially the same as ‘QuadPacer’ (interval timer) on regular models except it plays a fun and friendly sound that tells the child to move to another area instead of just a vibration. The Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrush offers an interval timer called the ‘EZ Timer’ and their interval timer splits the mouth into top and bottom; 1 minute on each side. It seems here that the Oral-B electric toothbrush has a more simplified interval timer that will be easier for the child to use.
Feature No.5 – Appearance and Usability
The Sonicare For Kids toothbrush handle has been designed for the use of children. It has different interchangeable colourful stickers that allow children to customise the toothbrush handle to what they want their toothbrush to look like. Also the handle is ergonomically designed so children can lay the brush handle flat in order to apply toothpaste. This is helpful for children who cannot apply toothpaste while holding the electric toothpaste in the other hand. To add the Sonicare For Kids electric toothbrush also has Bluetooth connectivity which can connect to a free smartphone app providing a interactive learning experience for your child. The Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrush has themed toothbrushes for one of their themes for boys being ‘Cars’ themed (movie) and for girls being ‘Frozen’ themed. It also has soft rubber handle grips making it easier for children to hold and can be laid down so your child can apply toothpaste to it just like the Sonicare. You can download the Disney Magic Timer app which interacts with your child similar to the Sonicare but without the use of Bluetooth.
Here are the specifications of the Sonicare For Kids and the Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrushes:
|Sonicare For Kids||Oral-B Stages Power|
|Cleaning Technology||Philips’ sonic technology: Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute||Oral B’s 2D Cleaning technology: Up to 5,600 rotating movements per minute|
|Power Source||Rechargeable battery||Rechargeable Battery|
|Battery Life||Lasts up to 3 weeks between charges||Lasts Up to 7 days between charges|
|Brushing Experence||Gentle and Quiet||
|Warranty and Money Back Guarantee||
|Link||Buy Now!||Buy Now!|
When it comes down to it, the Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrush is a great childrens electric toothbrush but, I ultimately think that Sonicare provides the best electric toothbrush for kids. The deal breaker for the Oral-B electric toothbrush was the inferior cleaning power it offers compared to what more Oral-B has to offer in their adult models. The only reason why I think you should even buy an electric toothbrush for your child would be the effectiveness of its brushing action and for the Oral-B, it lacks here.