Learning to brush with the Philips Sonicare Toothbrush for Kids

Every parent knows the struggle of getting their kids to brush their teeth. In the early years you have to simply take matters into your own hands, and thereafter supervise closely. But it doesn’t need to be a battle. Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected has a smart approach to get children interested in brushing their teeth and to give parents peace of mind of knowing that their little ones are doing it correctly.

The Philips Sonicare range of electric toothbrushes has been around for a while, but the latest version represents a real advance. This is a Bluetooth toothbrush that can connect to any Android or iOS device via the free Philips app. There’s a wee, furry monster inside the app who prompts children to brush at least twice a day. It’s a kind of digital pet, and it will also react to being prodded and stroked.

One of the reasons that kids hate to brush their teeth so often is because they can’t see inside their mouths and they don’t necessarily understand the benefit. With the Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected, when kids start to brush they see the inside of a mouth that has a set of filthy teeth. By brushing in different areas they can clean away the grime and the bacteria creatures that pop up. This helps to ensure they brush evenly and get every tooth.

Towards the end of the recommended two minutes they’ll see the king bacteria creature and once he has been successfully dispatched, they’ve completed the brushing. In essence, Philips has gamified the experience, with children further earning badges and rewards for successful brushing. To fully complete the app and get all the rewards, they’ll have to successfully brush twice a day for several months. The idea is that if they reach that achievement, they’ll have learned how to brush properly and the habit will have become ingrained, so there’ll be no more need to nag them.

The companion Sonicare For Kids app (available for iOS) also has a parent dashboard, allowing you to check up on your child’s progress and confirm that they have actually brushed when they say they have. This can be especially handy when Granny is babysitting and you want to know the teeth were brushed properly in your absence. You can also set specific rewards, like a cinema trip or a toy, to motivate them to go after those achievement badges.

The brush itself comes with a charging stand and features a colorful design. It’s capable of 500 brush strokes per second, so you know your kids are getting a real cleaning. It’s also an affordable device at around $50. That’s an investment well worth making if it can assist in instilling good oral hygiene habits in your children.

Deals

Walmart drops prices on Apple Watches and other fitness trackers

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable heart rate monitors from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are popular gifts. Wearables are smarter and more capable than in earlier years. We found the best wearables deals on Walmart.
Home Theater

5 sonic stocking stuffers to improve your loved ones’ listening life

Looking for some simple and affordable gifts to get the music nerd in your family? Here are five great gift ideas that will improve their listening life -- and won't cost you an arm and a leg to give them.
Deals

15 unique pet gifts to stuff in your four-legged friend’s Christmas stocking

There are so many people to shop for during the holiday season, but you can't forget about your four-legged friend. If you don't already spoil your pet throughout the year, the holidays offer the perfect excuse to spoil them.
Deals

Take to the skies with these 5 drones on sale for under $50

On the hunt for some cool tech for under $50? We've rounded up 5 drones under $50 that you can still get before Christmas. These models are great for kids, adults, and anyone just getting started with drones.
Deals

Amazon is slashing its prices on an array of top blenders

Quality blenders from Vitamix to Ninja and more are on sale at Amazon — just in time to gift them for Christmas. They're great for preparing tasty treats, and as a kitchen staple, they make a great gift for the budding chef in your life.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Deals

REI clearance sale extends discounts on Garmin, Fitbit, and GoPro devices

Beyond the things you typically expect to find at REI — like tents, skis, and jackets — there are tons of great deals on quality tech foryour outdoor adventures. From smartwatches to action cameras, here are the best tech deals.
Smart Home

Alexa’s latest skill helps patients manage high blood pressure

People who need some help managing their high blood pressure are getting some help via a new Alexa skill developed in partnership with Omron Healthcare that will work directly with the manufacturer's monitors.
Wearables

How to use the ECG app, set up irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch iPhone owners can own, and it just got even better with the addition of the ECG app and ability to identify irregular heart rhythms. Here's how to set it all up.
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Emerging Tech

There’s a new lab-grown meat startup on the block — and it has a secret weapon

Aleph Farms is developing lab-grown steaks with the same flavor, shape, texture, and structure as the real thing using beef cells isolated from living cows. Coming soon to a store near you?
Emerging Tech

CRISPR gene therapy regulates hunger, staves off severe obesity in mice

Researchers from UC San Francisco have demonstrated how CRISPR gene editing can be used to prevent severe obesity in mice, without making a single edit to the mouse's genome. Here's how.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Outdoors

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.