23 Mar Sponge Bob Toothbrush

Colgate Kids Sponge Bob Electric Toothbrush with Oscillating Head

It’s often a challenge keeping your kids interested in brushing their teeth and maintaining healthy gums. Let’s face it, brushing their teeth is generally not something they find to be a fun activity. Generally, manual toothbrushes use kid-friendly themes such as cartoons to encourage kids to be interested in brushing their teeth, and electric toothbrushes for kids follow the same format. When it comes to the kids, I believe gimmicks aren’t necessarily a bad thing.

I’ve decided to try my kids with an electric brush, but I don’t want to spend a fortune on one before I know that they’re going to like it. As it turns out, I don’t have to, because Colgate has an electric toothbrush that doesn’t really cost any more than a manual toothbrush. Best of all, it comes in a SpongeBob theme. What kid doesn’t like SpongeBob, right? The Colgate Kids Sponge Bob Powered Toothbrush is available for around $5. At that price it’s worth buying one and giving it a try, as there really isn’t much to lose.

Did I Mention It’s SpongeBob?

Kids love cartoons and SpongeBob is one of the most popular ones. Any toothbrush that has a SpongeBob motif on its handle is bound to be popular with the kids. That’s probably this toothbrush’s biggest selling point, apart from the fact that it’s electric. When I showed this toothbrush to the young kids in our home they danced up and down and told me how much they wanted one. I guess that’s the power of marketing.

Oscillating Brush Head

As great a draw as SpongeBob is for the kids, this toothbrush has some features that the parents will like as well. The brush head has oscillating bristles, which will help your kids by removing more plaque than they would be capable of removing with a manual toothbrush. Kids don’t necessarily have a lot of grip strength, and in many cases this means that they simply don’t brush their teeth with the required amount of pressure that’s needed to do a good job. The electric oscillating head of this toothbrush takes care of that problem for you.

Easy on Your Child’s Mouth

Children don’t have the tooth strength that we have as adults, and their gums can be very delicate as well. The problem with some toothbrushes is that they’re not necessarily designed with the sensitivity of children’s mouths in mind. This Colgate toothbrush has soft bristles that are specifically designed with your children’s delicate dental structure in mind. The biggest problem you’re likely to have with this brush is convincing your kids to let the toothbrush do most of the work, instead of them scrubbing away at their teeth.

Not Built to Last

There’s a reason why this product retails so cheaply – it’s not really meant to last. The brush head is not replaceable, so if you go on the assumption that a toothbrush is good for about three months that’s about all you’re likely to get out of this brush. That means you have to replace it every three or four months max. That isn’t really any different than a manual toothbrush, but keep in mind that you are paying a little bit more for this brush. Although, I don’t think it’s a lot to pay for the extra plaque removal capability you get with an electric toothbrush.

What I did find more concerning though was that some customers complain this toothbrush only works intermittently and often quits as soon as your child puts any pressure against their teeth. If that’s the case, it’s nothing more than a glorified manual toothbrush and I probably wouldn’t want to pay extra for it. This doesn’t seem to be a complaint that most customers have, though – I’d say it’s probably about one in five. Most likely these customers have simply purchased a defective product, in which case it would seem appropriate to take it back.

A Good Option for the Kids

I’m inclined to give this brush a chance. Most customers seem to have had a good experience with it, and at a cost of around $5 it’s worth a bit of a gamble. The kids do love SpongeBob and it’s a gimmick that just might convince them that brushing can be a fun experience. I am a little disappointed that you can’t replace the brush heads, but the replacement cost of one of these toothbrushes is negligible so this wouldn’t really deter me. Overall, this seems like a great product for both parents and kids alike.

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