The Gum Playbrush is an efficient software to encourage youngsters to brush their enamel correctly, but it surely’ll solely work in case your little one is snug with the comb’s sonic vibrations.
It’s vibrant and chunky. There’s a cute inexperienced dragon. It’s bought video games.
The Gum playbrush is a smart-enabled sonic toothbrush designed particularly to immediate youngsters to wash their enamel correctly. That’s, brush for at the least two minutes and all of their enamel, not simply the molars at both sides.
And it does this by gamification and rewards in a specifically designed app. Each time your little one makes use of the comb, they will play an interactive sport and gather cash.
However does it work? And the way does it work?
Let’s discover out.
Design and options
Youngsters and Junior fashions
Comes with a charger and consumer handbook
8 week battery life
Contained in the field, you get the Gum sonic Playbrush and a brush head with further delicate bristles enclosed in a clear plastic journey cap. The comb head is obtainable in two sizes: Youngsters 3+ and Junior 6+. We’re testing the Junior mannequin.
You’ll additionally get a charger that plugs right into a UK energy socket, and a consumer handbook.
We went for the Junior 6+ in pink and aquamarine, however there’s additionally a blue and aquamarine mannequin. The toothbrush is 23cm lengthy from the highest of the comb to the underside of the bottom, and the bottom is 3cm in diameter, so it’s fairly chunky to carry. The comb head itself is 2.3cm lengthy and 1cm large with the bristles lower straight down with two barely elongated units on the high.
The facility button is on a rubberised panel on entrance that includes a grippy, raised bubble design; the again additionally includes a matching rubberised, bubble design panel.
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The charger is in white onerous plastic with a pin that secures the toothbrush base to the charging plate, and it boasts a cable that’s unusually lengthy for a toothbrush charger – we made it to be about 117cm.
As we talked about earlier, the charger plugs right into a UK plug socket, not a shaving socket, so it is a brush that you simply’ll must cost in a bed room, kitchen or utility room, relying on how you’ve gotten arrange your little one’s morning and night routines.
Gum states the battery will last as long as 8 weeks from a single cost.
Arrange and efficiency
Two brushing modes
Interactive brushing coach
Collection of video games
The arrange is pretty easy. Obtain the Playbrush app from both the Apple app retailer or Google Play – Gum provides a QR code – and also you register on the app by supplying your e-mail handle, and a password. Then cost the comb. A inexperienced gentle will pulse whereas it’s charging; as soon as it’s constantly lit, the battery is full.
Whenever you take away the comb from the charger, it’ll begin to blink blue. You activate Bluetooth in your cellphone, and open the Playbrush app. The comb ought to then routinely pair right away. You’ll be able to inform when the comb and app are linked as a result of the blue gentle will likely be strong blue and the little toothbrush icon on the high right-hand facet of the app display screen will pop up in full color.
You’ll be able to then modify the comb’s settings. You’ve gotten a selection between energy mode and delicate mode, which mainly adjusts the velocity of the comb, and you’ll set the brushing time. You can even arrange a profile particularly in your little one, and you’ve got a most of six profiles.
You open the app, choose up the comb, choose your profile, and select a sport.
First, there’s an interactive brushing coach. You get a real-time, 3D cartoon, dental simulation of a pair of enamel, and the place sensor within the brush updates the graphic to indicate you the place you’re brushing. As you sweep, little cartoon micro organism disappear.
We discovered the coach a little bit complicated, nonetheless, as the comb place within the app didn’t appear to correspond to the place the comb was within the mouth on the time, so among the prompts to alter sides left us darting the comb throughout the mouth. It appears as if there’s a delay within the movement sensor sign to the app.
Then there are brushing video games. The primary one we tried was a straightforward one, Utootha Paint, the place your tooth brushing slowly colors in an image. It’s a remarkably efficient technique to get a toddler to lengthen their toothbrushing session as a result of they only need to “end colouring within the chicken”.
The second sport we tried was a medium one, referred to as Superstars, the place your brushing fills up a collection of columns so you may catch stars and earn factors.
In each video games, your brushing instructions and mouth quadrants appeared to direct the exercise, however we discovered it complicated as to which a part of the mouth to brush.
Then there’s the headline sport My Buddy Dayo. Dayo is a cute cartoon dragon and a toothbrushing model of a Tamagotchi. Dayo is a digital pet that you simply hatch, feed, gown, and look after, all utilizing cash that you simply earn by brushing classes. It’s an ingenious thought, to be truthful, and begins to alter the associations some youngsters could have about brushing their enamel – brushing turns into much less of a chore.
There are additionally premium video games. These are video games that you have to subscribe to Playbrush to entry. The Playbrush works with no subscription, however you may’t truly purchase the Playbrush with out additionally signing up for a subscription package deal.
The superior settings embody detailed brushing statistics, together with brushing time, regularity and accuracy.
Gum says the Playbrush delivers 17,000 motion per minute. Now we clearly can’t check this declare, however what we are going to say is that the Playbrush leaves enamel feeling actually clear.
A part of this could be that the video games present youngsters with a reward system so they really brush their enamel for 2 minutes – moderately than one minute three seconds, say, as a result of they’re bored of standing within the lavatory and need to leap up and down on the mattress as a substitute.
Add to that the truth that the video games additionally present them with prompts to maneuver the comb to a different a part of the mouth and, all collectively, it’s that change in toothbrushing behaviour, in addition to the sonic nature of the comb, that delivers such a implausible consequence.
After all, there’s a basic problem with the Playbrush: you want a toddler that can use a sonic toothbrush. Some youngsters, significantly these with sensory processing points, should not going to manage nicely with the vibrations in opposition to their enamel. But when your little one is pleased to make use of a sonic toothbrush, we don’t see how the efficiency of the Playbrush might be improved.
Value and availability
The Gum Playbrush is obtainable in Europe and the UK. It’s not presently on the market within the US. We’re testing the Junior brush, which is for kids aged 6 and above. You should purchase it from Gum for £29.99. Together with the comb, you’ll additionally get a 30 day trial run of the app. After this, it prices £24.99 per yr. That’s an extra price to contemplate however you may check the app for a month and in case your little one likes it, spending £25 for a yr of pain-free brushing is one thing most mother and father would in all probability think about worthwhile.
However Gum additionally makes a Playbrush for teenagers aged over three. You should purchase it from Amazon or direct from Gum. Each Playbrushes are available a pink or blue colourway. Gum additionally makes an grownup’s sensible brush that apparently additionally has mini video games.
Then there’s the subscription price. The All-Spherical Carefree plan is presently £3.33 a month, with a 30-day free trial interval, billed yearly at £39.99, and also you get free substitute brush heads, twelve video games, statistics, superior settings, and full entry to My Buddy Dayo.
The Motivational Plan provides you all this with out the substitute brush heads, and you’ll both pay £2.83 a month, billed each quarter at £8.49, or £2.12 a month, billed yearly at £25.49.
We actually favored the Playbrush. It’s vibrant, it pairs simply to the app and there are video games to maintain youngsters concerned – it’s a terrific software for teenagers.
Okay, you want to enroll in a subscription to each buy the Playbrush and entry premium video games. Plus, to utterly take away the stress of toothbrush time in your lavatory, you’ll need to create a everlasting secure spot by your sink to web site a cellphone or pill, however, all in all, we do assume the Playbrush is an inexpensive funding in your little one’s dental well being, significantly contemplating the present price of dentistry.
Actually, we’d go thus far to say that we’d moderately like a model for adults.
To see different electrical toothbrushes we suggest, take a look at our round-up of the very best electrical toothbrushes we’ve examined.