Brushing With Beam {Review and Giveaway}

by Teresa B

5 Minutes for Mom contributor, Teresa, shares her insights on the Beam Toothbrush through this review and giveaway. We were compensated to write this review and provided a sample. All opinions are the writer’s own.

My children are not avid teeth brushers. I wish they were, but they are not. My son rushes brushing and really neglects his teeth. He is so fast I’m not sure how the brush even touches a single tooth. My little one asks me every night, “Can I skip tonight” and I have to tell her no every single time. However, she will let me brush her teeth without argument. My son on the other hand won’t allow me near his mouth. Sometimes I have to tell him to re-brush a couple of times. This is not the nighttime routine that I like to go through each evening.

On top of the ‘I’m-the-fastest-teeth-brusher-in-the-world’, he has braces and he needs to take his time brushing. He tends to get a lot of plaque buildup on his lower teeth and his orthodontist has called me in on several occasions to discuss his teeth brushing habits.

My middle daughter also now has braces, so in the evening I am inspecting many teeth. I have purchased water piks, electric tooth brushes, music toothbrushes and regular toothbrushes. I have an entire drawer full of flavored toothpastes as well. I can’t seem to get this “taking care of properly brushing teeth” down. Let me just say, brushing in my house is a dreaded nighttime routine!

I happened across this wonderful new iPod Touch app, Beam, and since my children are tech savvy little kids, I thought this would be the perfect solution to my brushing teeth headache. The Beam Brush is the first Bluetooth toothbrush that monitors toothbrushing habits and reports back to the app on each of their iPod Touch units.

I simply downloaded the FREE Beam app to each of my children’s iPod Touch units and synchronized the Beam toothbrushes with their iPod Touch units. It literally took me 90 seconds per toothbrush and iPod Touch. It was very easy, I even think my children could have completed this task themselves.

Nighttime brushing has become a delight now for my children. They actually are having brushing contests to see who is the best brusher. They are creating brushing games and goals using the Beam app for days of the week, longest brusher and best brusher. My son has programmed each iPod Touch with integrated music to play while each of them are brushing. The Beam toothbrush holds up to 49 brushes and the current goal is who can reach 49 brushes first.

The toothbrush app is a great visualization tool for my children. My children are able to review their progress daily and weekly, report to me, and compare with each other. It has been a huge motivating toothbrush app in getting my children to brush their teeth more often and become better brushers. I can’t wait to see what the orthodontist says in a couple of weeks. I can even email him the daily progress of their oral health habits ahead of time. I think he will be astounded!

Beam toothbrushes and the toothbrush app make brushing teeth fun! What toothbrush games do you think your children could use with the Beam toothbrush and toothbrush app?

Does your toothbrush have an app?

Beam Brush on App Store

Beam Brush on Google Play Store

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3 readers are going to get their chance to win either a blue or pink Beam Toothbrush. Suggested retail price of these brushes are $49.99 each (with replacement heads running $3.99). Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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Teresa is a family lifestyle photographer who is happy homeschooling her three children in the Christian classical education theory in the suburbs of Chicago. You can find her on her blog Tiaras & Tantrums or on Twitter as @tiarastantrums.

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 latanya June 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

to get my son to do even open his mouth so I can brush his teeth


2 Jeanna June 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Getting them to do a good job! They always have “stuff” left in their teeth afterwards!


3 Holly Messana June 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Trying to get them to actually brush for the full two minutes. They think that by just having the brush in their mouth that counts, but they spend the entire time talking and not brushing


4 Karen Lynch June 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Brushing long enough and hitting all the spots.


5 Jessica To June 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My son gets distracted while brushing his teeth and doesn’t do a good job of cleaning them.


6 DEBIJOT June 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm

To get them to actually brush their teeth without me standing over them.


7 Courtney Renee June 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Brush the whole set of teeth lol


8 Tabitha P. June 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm

getting them to do it for the proper amount of time.


9 Lawanna June 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Like you said…it’s the consistency — must be brushed every night


10 Sindy Murray June 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I don’t really battle with my kids when it comes to brushing their teeth but they tend to much of the listerine for kids!


11 Rachel June 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

Not brushing their teeth long enough!


12 Anne June 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Brushing thoroughly and long enough.


13 Stephanie June 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Our biggest battle is getting them to brush long enough.


14 Christine W June 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The worst battle for us is getting him to brush at night…morning he is fine


15 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Brushing every morning before school!


16 Natalia June 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

It is difficult to convince the kids to brush the teeth good and enough.


17 Noreen June 10, 2013 at 2:01 am

Getting them to floss


18 Stacey B June 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Getting him to do it before bed is always a fight, I don’t know why!


19 Angel S. June 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Brushing long enough.


20 Natalie S June 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Getting them to actually brush well – they are 4 and 2. And letting me help.


21 Charlene S June 11, 2013 at 1:58 am

Finding toothpaste they like.


22 Theresa J June 11, 2013 at 2:32 am

My son wi put toothpaste in his mouth but not brush


23 lana June 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

my son does not like to brush his teeth have to force him


24 carol roberts June 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

my son hates brushing just hates i bribe and give him 50 cents each night no lie


25 Madonna June 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

getting them to brush thoroughly


26 K Brown June 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Brushing long enough & actually brushing the teeth, not just putting the toothbrush in the mouth!


27 April S. June 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

What a great idea! My 5 year old would like this!!


28 Mel June 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Making sure to do it every night


29 Tamora June 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Actually “brushing” instead of just holding the toothbrush in their mouth.


30 Tara June 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

This would be a great motivator for my DD!!!


31 Christina Z June 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

My worst battle is getting my daughter to spend more time brushing her teeth right she wants to be in such a hurry.


32 Tammy Sigond June 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

getting her to actually doing it…needs about 10 reminders each time


33 heta s June 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

my 9 yr old hates to brush in the night or after eating sweets which I insist.


34 Blessie Nelson June 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

waking them up to go and brush!


35 Emily Mahr June 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

Just getting them to brush can be a battle some days. Also, getting them to brush long enough and hit all the back teeth is a problem.


36 Michael Borgrud June 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

they always say they have no time


37 Staci A June 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

We struggle to get them to brush well enough. There’s always stuff still between their teeth.


38 Bluerose June 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

It’s a battle to get them to brush long and good enough. Plus, they still don’t want to spit their toothpaste out.


39 Shari June 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Mine actually love to brush their teeth…it’s flossing that is the real battle!


40 Erica Best June 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

doing and and doing it right


41 Michelle Tucker June 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Getting them to brush long enough.


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