When Playbrush got in touch, my initial thoughts were that is was a fantastic idea. I have a
Set Up & Options
There are two toothbrushes available, either manual or powered. Which you choose, is down to you or your child and in this instance, I went for a manual brush. With the manual option, you get a toothbrush, plus the ‘smart’ part of the system, a charging cable and a plastic hanging case, for your smart device. With the manual system, you can either use the provided toothbrush or your own, as the smart part is detachable.
To set up, you need to insert the toothbrush into the rubber plastic
The Playbrush app is available on iOS & Android and is free to download. Once installed, you have to set up a free account and then pair the brush to your device, via the power of Bluetooth. Set up is detailed through the app, it’s very straight forward and takes a matter of minutes.
To use the toothbrush, you need to load up the app, wait for the two to pair and then select a game of your choice. There are currently 4 free games available, in age ranges of 3+ & 6+. Once selected, the game will begin and depending on what game you select, you progress through the game by cleaning your teeth. The toothbrush recognises your brushing movements, up/down/left/right and when doing so, something will happen in
Using The Toothbrush
My daughter struggled at first as her brushing wasn’t heavy enough and the game wouldn’t pick up the movement. After a couple of attempts, it got better as she knew how to play the game. I also tried it out and it worked quite well for me. The games are short and sweet, timed at 2 minutes or less and a score is recorded so you can compete against yourself the following day. It also monitors duration,
Connectivity between the brush and my phone was mostly ok, but it did lose connection on the odd occasion. Remember I said there were four free games? Well to unlock the rest, you need to purchase a subscription. That subscription will set you back between £12.99 per quarter, £39.99 per year or £69.99 every two years. With those subscriptions, you get a restock of toothbrushes (8 per year), access to the additional games, statistics and a reward scheme.
The manual option retails at £19.99, with the electric being £24.99. The toothbrush itself is very basic and I’d probably buy something better next time and insert it into the rubber base. Overall it works well but how long will your child’s attention remain on 1 or 2 games? Mine lasted about a week and then she got bored. I’m not a fan of having to subscribe to unlock additional features.
I like the idea and it’s a great way of getting your children excited about oral hygiene, but I think the novelty will wear