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Toothbrush for Kids : Manual or Mechanical

Brushing teeth has been a daily ritual that we do not miss come rain or shine. It has been a habit that is taught since the kids are young for good reasons. Brushing teeth helps prevent decay and keeps the Dentist at bay.

Brushing teeth for kids should start from day 1. It does not matter that the tooth only appears when the child turns one. Brushing is essential to protect the baby's gums from young.

Brushing tooth with Oral B
We learned the fact the hard way... Little Lou lost his two front due to his baby bottle tooth decay at a tender age of 3 due to the lack of brushing. Since then, the boys had been diligently keeping to their tooth routine every morning and evening.

Parents with kids will know that it was not an easy task to keep the little ones at the washing basin for more than a minute per brush. Given their short attention span, making a child brush their tooth is like entering into a negotiation with a business contract . During the earlier days of tooth brushing, it may be even tougher to convince a child to brush the teeth than to close the multi-million dollars business deal. Thankfully through the passage of time, the boys got accustomed to the routine.

Manual vs Mechanical Toothbrush
Oral B Stages 2 toothbrush
It is important to choose toothbrushes that are made for toddlers when they began brushing. For children age 2-4 , it is recommended they use a manual toothbrush. Oral B Stage 2 My Friends Tigger and Pooh fits the bill. Ergonomically shape to fit their tiny hands, this toothbrush is made for kids' small mouth and helps clean hard to reach back teeth.

As great as a manual toothbrush can be, it might not excite kids much during the brushing routine. Add a mechanical toothbrush in the mix; you might just convince the fidgeting child to enjoy brushing teeth.

So what are the differences between manual and mechanical toothbrush?
  • One uses child power , the other is either battery operated or electric operated. Mechanical toothbrush saves the child the hard work of brushing teeth.
  • Ways of brushing differs. Manual toothbrush takes board swipes covering multiple teeth at one time. Mechanical toothbrush brush one tooth at a time creating a more thorough wash.
  • Mechanical tooth brushing is less dependent on brushing techniques, making brushing easier for younger kids.
  • Mechanical toothbrush may entice little ones to brush teeth often due to ease of use.
Mechanical Battery Operated Oral B toothbrush
ORAL B Stages Disney Cars Power Toothbrush
Oral-B Stages Disney Pixar Car Power Toothbrushes

The boys received an upgrade to their manual toothbrush when both were given a set of Oral-B Stages Disney Car Power toothbrush. Clad in red and blue, these pairs of toothbrushes are a hit with them. If your child is a fan of Disney Pixar Cars, this theme toothbrush will be a bonus.

Within seconds of receiving the tools, they are ready to speed off to the washroom to brush their teeth.

Braun Oral B

The battery operated toothbrush is recommended for child age 5+. It comes in a child size head and big handle that makes it easy to hold for the little ones.

The soft rounded bristles ensure a gentle and efficient clean. It comes with a 2 minute timer reminder function to let the child know that time is up for brushing , just in case they enjoy brushing with it so much that they forgotten about time.

Soft Rounded Bristles

Needless to say, since the introduction of the battery operated toothbrushes, the boys had ditched their manual toothbrushes. Now a trip to the washroom for the mandatory brush is no longer a challenging affair but one the boys look forward to with glee.

For more on Oral B toothbrushes for kids, head down to their website here

I choose Braun Oral B!
TWD were provided a set of toothbrush for review


  1. Personally, we like to use electric toothbrushes. Lil Pumpkin has been asking for one and recently got hers too. She was so happy :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    1. I notice me boys were more eager to brush their teeth ever since they gone electric :)

  2. I am also like to using electric toothbrushes. Now i am using the Oral-B Professional Care Smart Series 5000 toothbrush. When I was a kid, my mom told me daily that brush your teeth everyday. That was my great memorable moment. Thanks for sharing this great review.

  3. My kids who are 3 and 4 years old love using battery-operated toothbrushes, it makes them want to brush their teeth longer, which I am thrilled about that. I usually have to take the toothbrushes away from them before they will stop. I also take them to ABC Children Dentistry for their routine dental check-ups.


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