Babys Dental Health: Kipper now has not only his front four bottom and top teeth he also has those horrible molars cutting. On his first Birthday poster I wrote that he only had four and a half, so we have had a real surge of them. Poor thing I can really tell that they are hurting, thankfully three of the four are now almost fully through. Now he has so many teeth I am thinking about how I go about keeping them in the best condition possible. The same goes for Monkey who is yet to loose any teeth although his school friends are starting. When brush-baby got in contact and asked me to be part of their Mums & Gums campaign I was interested to find out the best way to help my boys start a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Brush-baby produce dental care products that are specifically designed for babies, toddlers and young children. They sent us a number of items to test out.
Step one focuses around cleaning baby gums to help reduce the build-up of bacteria and prepare a healthy environment for new baby teeth. For this stage they sent us some Dental Wipes, which are designed for 0-16 months. They also have some teething wipes which are the same but with added camomile. Inside the box there are 28 individually wrapped finger sleeves. They are formulated with Xylitol which helps to prevent the formation of acid which attacks teeth.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the packet as I had not tried anything like this on Kipper before. One side has a honey comb texture and the other side is plain, they are also banana flavoured. The texture is designed to help clean baby’s gums and first teeth. Keeping baby’s gums clean can help with teething pain and we have a lot of that at the moment.
Kipper was little bemused by the finger sleeves, but I think this is partly do with this his age. At thirteen months he is towards the older end of the suggested age range for these. You can use them from a newborn and I think if we had started earlier he wouldn’t be so surprised by me trying to rub it around his gums. I would have definitely used these when Kipper was younger if I had known about them. A box costs £4.99 but brush-baby have a special deal on where you buy five and get a sixth one free.
Step two is all about brushing baby teeth so that it removed plaque preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Brush-baby recommends that you should brush from when the first tooth appears – something which we have not been doing! We tried Kipper with some Applemint Teething Toothpaste and a Chewable Toothbrush. At first he wasn’t sure what to do with the toothbrush, but he loved to chew the ends of it.
The toothpaste smells delicious and also includes Xylitol;
Specially formulated with camomile to soothe during the teething stage, Brush-Baby Teething Toothpaste combines our dental protection formulation with the natural anti-inflammatory effects of camomile to soothe sore gums.
The chewable toothbrush has been designed by dentists. Kipper will clean his teeth as he chews and in the right position it means that its possible to reach his back teeth as well. We haven’t used it as a teether yet but brush-baby also recommend keeping it in the fridge to sooth further. Aimed at babies from 10-36 months its so easy to use and I am very pleased to discover it can also go in the dishwasher and steriliser. I can see us getting a lot of use out of this since its so easy for him to hold himself. This is really important because at the moment he’s not keen on us even feeding him with a spoon, so anything he can do himself is a big win. The toothpaste retails at £2.35 and the chewable toothbrush at £4.99
Step three is all about Monkey he loved the Applemint toothpaste as well, but was especially taken by the Kidsonic Electric Toothbrush which is designed for 3-6 year olds. It comes with two spare brush heads and its own battery. Monkey was instantly taken with the fact that it had flashing lights on it, which acts as the two minute timer. The AAA battery is really easy to replace and I like that you have that option to update the heads. As some of the other ones we have tried to date don’t have this ability. Which also makes it great value for money at £12.95.
On first sight I did think that the heads were quite small, but they are specifically designed for smaller mouths. Not only are the bristles soft but they are also two levels which allows them to get in between the teeth and remove plaque. Monkey loves his new toothbrush and it is helping to get him to clean his teeth both morning and night. Brush-baby also have a free chart which you order along side your tooth brush to encourage your little one into good habits. Monkey loves ticking off the circles each day.
I am very impressed with the products we have tried from brush-baby. Their website is definitely worth a visit with lots of helpful information. if you would like the opportunity to win the same set as pictured below then please enter using the gleam application below. Before entering please note the T&Cs.
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This is a collaborative post we were given the selection of brush-baby products including in the post for the purpose of this review all words and opinions are my own.