Playbrush Review, Cleaner Teeth & a Giveaway

Last August, our dentist gently but firmly told Crevette and Beanie to be more thorough when brushing their back teeth, which were at risk of early decay.

They are not keen brushers and although I tell them to clean their teeth twice a day, I trust them with it and rarely check their teeth when they are done. Crevette, with a few ‘big’ teeth, is my usual culprit, his teeth rarely gleaming white to be completely honest.

When I first heard of Playbrush, my interest was immediately aroused but I did not have high hopes. Ground-breaking ideas too often come with badly designed finished products.

The idea of a small device that attaches to a manual toothbrush and turns it into a game controller sounded like fun but I had a feeling it would not work for us, or be flimsy and break down within a few days (new stuff like that rarely works first time for us).

Crevette was incredibly enthusiastic about this new gadget, and it was like Christmas for him when it arrived.

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Love Playbrush

He decided to open the box and try the Playbrush on camera. Over to you, Crevette!

Please excuse the couple of hiccups, the video above was really our ‘live’ unboxing of the Playbrush. We had no idea what to expect and we discovered it as I was filming my little man.

Just to sum it all up, as you could see in the video above, a seven year old could figure out how to use it. That is definitely a good start.

The box contains:
– the Playbrush, a small hardware device that attaches to a regular toothbrush and turns it into a gaming controller
– a micro-USB cable (for charging)
– an instruction manual
– a Playbrush Bedtime story

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Playbrush & Bathroom Kit

Surprisingly, it all worked as it was supposed to! We have now been using our Playbrush every day for over three weeks and I am pleased to say it is surviving our family!

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Keen Playbrusher
We also got a bathroom kit including a smartphone holder, suction cups and stickers to personalise the plastic pouch. I would definitely recommend getting it as it keeps the phone dry and at eye level. For a couple of days, I was wriggling my fingers inside the pouch then I realised the touch screen was still working through the bathroom set: brilliant!

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Bathroom Kit

The day we opened our parcel, we had so much fun, and brushed our teeth more than we needed to, just so that we could give it a good try (all in the name of a thorough review!).

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Playbrush in Action

Before bed that night, Beanie asked me: “Mummy, can I do it? I’m first, I want to win!” (Competitive, much?).

Downloading Utoothia on the App store took seconds. Here are our current scores in Utoothia. Crevette is in the lead!

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Scores
It is a nifty little device, really sturdy and quite simply brilliant! It got us really excited about brushing our teeth (me included) and I once caught Beanie sneaking in a second brushing session just before school so she could try to beat her brother’s score (she has no chance, but shush, don’t tell her!).

My kids asking to brush their teeth is completely unheard of! When they use the Playbrush, they have to brush over all their teeth and for long enough, which ensures a much more thorough clean, especially towards the back, which was neglected with my children. Our dentist should be happy!

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Brushing Teeth

A couple of things to be aware of:
– Your Playbrush will need to be charged every 3-4 weeks (micro-USB provided – it can be connected to a USB plug or a USB port on a computer).
– Keep the arrows in line with each other, and with the head of your toothbrush.
– The Playbrush goes to sleep automatically (when still for a minute).
– You can download Utoothia from the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android).
– Your phone needs Bluetooth to connect to Playbrush.
– Playbrush newsletters are great; they are full of tips on how to improve your score and give you hints to unlock rewards in the games.
There is now a second game you can download for use with Playbrush, ‘Utoothia Sky’ and it is Crevette’s favourite! The children love being able to personalise their avatar.

Dentist update on 1st April:
Today, we had our bi-annual visit to the dentist’s. We all went in feeling rather confident and the dentist commented on Crevette’s impeccable oral hygiene as well as Beanie’s nice, clean front teeth but added that Beanie still had to focus more on her molars. Other than that, it sounds like their teeth are cleaner than ever! If you were wondering how to turn reluctant brushers into keen ones, Playbrush is your answer!

A Review of the Playbrush Toothbrush Game Controller - Unboxing and Demo - Crevette Loves Playbrush

Find out more about Playbrush here.

What do you like about Playbrush and Utoothia?
Disclosure:
– This is a sponsored post. All opinions and photographs are my own.

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  1. kim neville (@kimneville2) says:

    The rewards

  2. The actual brushing challenges are fun so will encourage my children to brush their teeth!

  3. emmav6 says:

    i think it would be fab for my 2 competitive boys!

  4. that it encourages kids to brush for the right amount of time

  5. Kirsty Fox says:

    Having to achieve various tasks

  6. melanie stirling says:

    They can learn how to improve their brushing technique.

  7. Martina Pichova says:

    I like that more people can play the game and compare the scores – kids are so competitive these days.

  8. Angela Treadway says:

    The fact that the app makes a boring chore fun x

  9. Nicki Evans says:

    That you can compete with other family members.

  10. Emma W says:

    The fact that it improves quality of brushing – a problem in our family!

  11. iain maciver says:

    the kids would love this

  12. Samantha Loughlin says:

    Makes fun times for cleaning teeth xx

  13. Harline says:

    I love this app my two grandsons don’t like brushing there teeth and anything that makes it more fun and interesting is great

  14. Spencer Broadley says:

    Has to be rewards which makes sure they brush their teeth

  15. Smithster says:

    The competitive element

  16. Ruth Harwood says:

    the rewards look great xx

  17. Pauline Hill says:

    makes brushing their teeth interesting and fun great idea

  18. My boys would love the challenge.

  19. heidi brown says:

    I like that the child gets to create their own character – amking them feel more involved with it!

  20. joanna butler-savage says:

    the potential benefits in future dentistry costs

  21. Ray Dodds says:

    The rewards

  22. Rachel Craig says:

    The fact that it assists with a good tooth brushing routine is an aspect I like. Unfortunately the website seemed to be one page over another, which made it impossible for me to read the information, as much is inaccessible due to layout of webpage. Yet I was keen to find out lots about this product. Liked video.

  23. Tammy westrup says:

    The rewards will be good motivation

  24. Emily Hutchinson says:

    The fact that it had a practical purpose

  25. Sarah Rees says:

    The brushing challenges – Need some encouragement to get them to brush

  26. clair downham says:

    its a fun way to get children brushing their teeth

  27. Paula Barker says:

    Anything that gets the kids enjoying cleaning their teeth is a brilliant idea.

  28. Jo Carroll says:

    I reckon this will feed into the competitive nature of kids and really encourage them to keep their scores up so they don’t fall behind one another…great idea! x

  29. zainab hassan says:

    My daughter will love this

  30. Lucy I says:

    The competitive aspect

  31. Jo m welsh says:

    That is makes tooth brushing more fun for children

  32. Claire Nutman says:

    The challenges, and the fun element, any help is certainly welcome x

  33. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    The brushing challenges

  34. Paula Readings says:

    Going through the different levels.

  35. Kristy Leanne Brown says:

    The challenges look fantastic and a good way to get children to brush!

  36. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    I like the design and hopefully it will get my 2 daughters to brush their teeth, they are a nightmare especially as my youngest is going through a I do it stage.

  37. Andrea A says:

    Brushing teeth based on where the crobies enter mean back teeth are less likely to be neglected.

  38. Robert Williams says:

    Fantastic way to ensure clean teeth.

  39. ashleigh allan says:

    I love that it makes it fun!

  40. andrea tinkler says:

    making something as important as teeth brushing fun xxx

  41. Monika S says:

    The competitive site of it:)

  42. jamie millard says:

    HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR BRUSHING TECHNIQUE

  43. Susan lloyd says:

    My 3 girls are super competitive so it would suit them well!

  44. laura stewart says:

    the rewards x

  45. Annabel Greaves says:

    It makes brushing teeth more appealing

  46. sarah rees says:

    makes cleaning teeth fun

  47. cathyj says:

    makes teeth brushing fun

  48. Anna Wood says:

    It’s always trying to think of exciting ways to get my children to clean their teeth…but to be honest “let’s see who can brush the longest” wasnt inspiring them!

    This looks fab, my boys are hugely competitive so this would go down a treat!

  49. Amanda Walsh (@mandymoo2014) says:

    I like that the challenges encourage the child to keep brushing, my 8 yr old is difficult to get to brush

  50. leanne weir says:

    the rewards

  51. Natalie Crossan says:

    Yes it does x

  52. tracy sinclair says:

    That it makes brushing teeth fun, I think kids will go and brush their teeth without being told to, which is always a good thing x

  53. claire griffiths says:

    that it makes it all fun for kids to brush their teeth

  54. Jodie Harvey says:

    the challenges

  55. Tracy B says:

    I love that it gives children an incentive to clean their teeth – brilliant idea!

  56. Alice Fox says:

    My son is autistic and HATES brushing his teeth, we have to litterally pin him to do them. It might make brushing his teeth bareable 🙂

    • I’m sure it would at least help, if not make it enjoyable! I had to pin down my 3yo to brush her teeth until we had the Playbrush!

  57. lauren h says:

    that they will actually want to brush their teeth

  58. Great review, I think the rewards would appeal to my 2 children when brushing their teeth, it definitely sounds like it makes brushing teeth fun

  59. Tony Metcalf says:

    Makes cleaning teeth fun!

  60. Pennie Riley says:

    I love that the game aspect will encourage my stepson to brush his teeth thoroughly rather than the quick swipe he tries to get away with!

  61. pinklady123 says:

    Anything that encourages my daughter to brush is good and I like the ideas about learning how to improve the brushing technique

  62. Solange says:

    They can learn how to improve their brushing technique.

  63. Liam Bishop says:

    Just having something to encourage brushing, always a struggle so a good idea to make it fun!

  64. Amandeep Sibia says:

    The rewards!

  65. Hekna says:

    Seems like a great way to try and engage kids more with cleaning their teeth. Can be a bit of a nightmare!

  66. Margarer Gallagher says:

    Fantastic for encouraging my 3 nephews to take better care of their teeth and promote healthy habits
    Love tech that that does this

  67. Karl Borowy says:

    BEDTIME STORY

  68. Maureen M says:

    It looks as if they would this fun instead of a chore!

  69. Rich Tyler says:

    It distracts them

  70. lyndsey says:

    the brushing challenges are fab

  71. Stevie says:

    The characters to encourage brushing.

  72. Kelly cooper says:

    The rewards that encourage children

  73. Fiona R says:

    That is makes the whole idea of tooth brushing a fun activity 🙂

  74. Rachel Butterworth says:

    I like that you can have multiple players, so you can compete against other family members.

  75. esme mccrubb says:

    MY SONS ARE SO COMPETITIVE THEY WOULD LOVE THIS

  76. robyn297 says:

    The rewards sound great, my son and daughter both love their sticker charts, so I’m sure this would go down well.

  77. Keri Jones says:

    I like the competitiveness of this, my son would be more inclined to brush better for the rewards in the game 🙂

  78. Zac Farley says:

    My nephrw will love the rewards

  79. petalrose91 says:

    The challenges would be fun

  80. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    The game would really encourage my grandsons to brush properly and for the right amount of time

  81. Kelly (@KellyL_85) says:

    That it makes brushing your teeth fun for kids!

  82. buddymagoo says:

    making necessities fun

  83. Michelle O'Neill says:

    its just so unusual and fun!

  84. Kirsty Hosty says:

    The Rewards and how it encourages your children to brush teeth

  85. Sam Goodwin says:

    That my kids will brush for the required time! They get so bored otherwise!

  86. Diane Whale says:

    Funtastic – my grandson would love it

  87. Christine Caple says:

    I love the competitive aspect of it.

  88. Sarah Bacchus says:

    Making it fun x

  89. Lea Mavin says:

    Competing against family members. With 3 boys I could see mine brushing their teeth an awful lot to get the highest score.

  90. Allan Fullarton says:

    The rewards

  91. michelle speight says:

    the rewards

  92. Teresa Lee says:

    That it makes brushing competitive & fun….a fantastic idea

  93. Adrian Bold says:

    Having to achieve things for rewards!

  94. Tricia Cowell says:

    The fact that it is fun

  95. I love that it can make brushing fun! The challenges sound fab x

  96. The bedtime story!

  97. Dawn Hull says:

    The fact that it encourages brushing by making it fun.

  98. Helen says:

    I love that it makes tooth brushing fun but also encourages children to use the right technique!

  99. Andrew Hindley says:

    It’s great that the game encourages youngsters to brush

  100. Susan B says:

    The scoring and rewards sound great to encourage children to brush thoroughly.

  101. i like the competitive feature!! great idea! 🙂

  102. abrammag says:

    Turning a chore into fun.

  103. Llinos Bowen says:

    Makes toothbrushing fun

  104. Rebecca Powell says:

    The brushing challenges looks really fun

  105. Michelle Hughes (@shell_shoez27) says:

    I love the rewards it makes cleaning teeth fun 🙂 X

  106. stacey pav says:

    kids would love this! awesome idea x
    stacey pav

  107. Vickie Jackson says:

    The brushing challenges sound ace.

  108. dianemjackson5 says:

    The kids love it

  109. DawnLouise M says:

    Encouraging my eldest to brush for long enough. He only manages about 10/seconds, literally, and so I have to brush them again for him!

  110. Laura Harrison says:

    I think its good that it encourages children (and adults) to keep their teeth nice and clean and to not see it as a chore xxx

  111. Erica Price says:

    That you can compete with the family

  112. Laura Graty says:

    Good idea to help them brush, think mine would love this

  113. Kirsty Woods says:

    The rewards

  114. Lena Gamblin says:

    Making teeth brushing fun and interesting rather than a chore – suffering from gum disease myself it is hard and very probable it will be passed down to my children as it is hereditary

  115. kerri says:

    looks like a great idea to encourage our kiddies to brush!

  116. Kay Panayi says:

    The rewards

  117. Sarah Wilson says:

    I love that it makes brushing teeth fun!

  118. Emilia nastaly-howard says:

    It will make brushing their teeth fun! 🙂

  119. Dale Dow says:

    teh fact the children get great rewards

  120. Jane Middleton says:

    Making brushing teeth fun will certainly work

  121. Meena Hindmarch says:

    To keep them going for the right amount of time

  122. Sarah a says:

    Great prize

  123. Maria P says:

    it helps to improve the brushing technique.

  124. Natalie Gillham says:

    I like that it Teaches people to brush correctly and that you can compete with your family x

  125. Philip Underwood says:

    The game is great and my children would really benefit from this.

  126. Adeinne Tonner says:

    I would say the rewards 🙂

  127. Karen Dixon says:

    I love the rewards

  128. Chantelle Brown says:

    What a fab idea kids will love this especially my 8 year old

  129. rebecca courtney says:

    making it more fun x

  130. It encourages littles ones yo brush their teeth

  131. Jemma Dwyer says:

    the challenges

  132. Deborah Mackenzie says:

    I love that it makes brushing teeth fun and having a reward is fantastic

  133. Matt Brasier says:

    It keeps them occupied.

  134. Caroline S says:

    The competitive element, so they won’t get bored with it and will come back for more!

  135. Steven Beasley says:

    I love the idea of making cleaning teeth fun for the kids. Great idea!

  136. Tamsin Dean says:

    they would find it fun

  137. Jo McPherson says:

    Learning how to improve brush technique

  138. Lisa Mauchline says:

    I like the rewards so if they don’t have a certain reward it would make them focus on brushing that part

  139. mattmcandrew says:

    The challenges

  140. Lisa Debz says:

    Oh the fact its got a tooth fairy is fab, and competing with my kids lol, hopefully it would get my aspergers son to brush more xx

  141. Keeley Shaw says:

    A great idea. Love the rewards, and the challenges.

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