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Use the New Philips Sonicare PowerUp Toothbrush & Pair Up with a Brushing Buddy! #powerupursmile #shop #cbias

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This electric toothbrush shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client Philips Sonicare PowerUp.

We always make a strong effort to remind our children to floss, brush, and rinse each morning and evening.  Despite our efforts, our children often sneak by without flossing or rinsing.  It just is not feasible to stand next to each of our 3 children to police their oral hygiene habits twice a day every day.  I also have to admit that the adults in the house are not much better or may be even worse.  There have been times when we are exhausted very late at night and we forget or forgo brushing.  On top of this, everyone in our household is guilty of being in a rush and not brushing for a full two minutes.  This is why I came up with the free printable Brushing Buddies chart below.  The logic is that it is much easier for two people to police each other than it is for one person to police 4 other people in addition to himself or herself.  With the help of the new Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush and our two guinea pigs, my husband and our 6 year old son, we put the 'Brushing Buddies' system to the test.

I do want to point out that the Sonicare PowerUp was ideal for this test run because it boasts "A month's worth of brush strokes in a day."  This will help combat the speed brushing on those busy mornings when everyone is running late and does no feel like they can brush for the whole two minutes.  This battery-powered electric toothbrush retails on the Philips website for $19.99 each, but I purchased ours at Walmart for under $18.  According to my husband, it was well worth that price.

After brushing with this Philips Sonicare toothbrush for 2 minutes twice daily (yes, our 6 year old son made sure of it) for a whole week, my husband was extremely surprised at how much cleaner his mouth felt after brushing with the Sonicare PowerUp than with a manual toothbrush.  Another benefit is that he did not need to use a lot of pressure to get that clean feeling.  Normally, he would brush quite hard with a manual toothbrush.  He also said that the motor inside the toothbrush is very powerful and it took him a couple of days to get used to the intensity.  Because of this, he was surprised at how easy the toothbrush was to hold.  This seems to be the result of just the toothbrush head vibrating rather than the whole Sonicare toothbrush.

After a few days of watching my husband and our youngest son paired up as Brushing Buddies, our 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter spoke up, saying that they wanted to be Brushing Buddies too! (That means I'm left to fend for myself, but I'm okay with that.)  If you would like to pair up your household members to be Brushing Buddies, simply print out the page below, fill out the names of each buddy, and have each buddy check off what their partner has completed each day.

TO PRINT:  Be sure your printer is on and ready to print.  Click on the image below to enlarge.  Then right-click on the image and select print.  Use your browser's back arrow to return to this page.

Now that my husband has tried and loved the Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush, I will buy additional heads so that I can try out his toothbrush before I buy my own.  I have sensitive teeth, so I will be buying the soft bristle heads.  This particular toothbrush is designed for those who are 12 years old and up.  I'm hoping that Philips Sonicare will introduce something similar for children in the future.  It's amazing how far technology has come.  Take a look at this video on the evolution of toothbrushes.

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