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Get Your Kids Brushing with the FOREO ISSA mikro



As soon as your little one shows signs of their very first tooth we start thinking of teeth brushing and the dentist. As a matter of fact, I started way before Madison got her first tooth, because I would use a soft wash cloth and wipe her gums. Once her first tooth showed up around 5 months of age, I got one of those silicone finger brushes and started our brushing routine. Since then it's been toothbrush after toothbrush trying to find that one toothbrush we just LOVE! I can tell you that throughout the years, we have gone through so many toothbrushes that we've lost count. We've tried battery operated toothbrushes, musical toothbrushes, light up toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes, but they've all fallen short. Madison either complained that they were too hard (even though the bristles were soft) or that she didn't like the color, it seems like there was always an excuse why she didn't want to brush her teeth. That was until FOREO contacted us asking us to take a look at their new ISSA mikro. I had seen FOREO at my local Sephora and knew about their skincare collection (btw thank you FOREO for sending me your Luna Play, I can't wait to try it!), so I was intrigued.


We were sent the FOREO ISSA mikro Sunflower Yellow but they are also available in four other beautiful colors: Pearl Pink, Fuchsia, Bubble Blue and Kiwi Green and is available for the low price of $99. This is our very first sonic pulse toothbrush for her and she loved it. The ISSA mikro comes in a clear case complete with a toothbrush, USB charging cable and instructions. While it came with a charge I decided to charge it like the instructions directed for an hour before we began to use it. 1 charge = 480 brushes. Don't worry, the ISSA mikro is totally 100% waterproof, non-toxic, BPA, PVC, latex and phthalate-free and is completely safe to use, for babies 0-4 years.


Here are few of the features that we love about the FOREO ISSA mikro.

The hygienic silicone design. The entire brush is made of soft silicone and is easy to hold and is made to fit in little hands perfectly. The soft, nonabrasive silicone bristles are soft on the gums and help to get rid of left over food and plaque. Since the bristles are made of silicone it dries rather quickly and thus minimizes the spread of germs by being resistant to bacteria buildup.

Soothing sonic pulse technology. This was Madison's first sonic pulse toothbrush and I was surprised at how gentle the pulsations were. There are two modes,  brush mode (press the button once) and massage mode (press the button twice) and while we focused more on the brush mode because Madison is older, with most of her teeth, I wanted a toothbrush that would be gentle on her gums and teeth and this was. Brushing with hard bristle brushes damages your enamel which is something that doesn't grow back so you want something soft for your child's teeth.


Fun and Exciting kid design. The "smile helpers" were a hit. Glee (the happy face) and Glum (the sad face) are shown on the ISSA Mikro to help encourage your children to keep brushing. When you turn on the FOREO ISSA mikro you will automatically see Glum for just a brief period. Glee shows up after 2 minutes of brushing and of course the more you brush the happier you and Glee would be. Glum would show up if your little one hasn't brushed in over 12 hours and they will both make an appearance if they haven't brushed for more than 2 minutes, like in the photo above. Madison would brush until she saw Glee meaning that she had brushed long enough, thus reducing her risk of cavities.



Here are a five tips to get your kids to love brushing their teeth.

1. Start Early and Give lots of Compliments. The earlier you start the better it will be. Get your little one involved in the process, teach them how to properly hold their toothbrush and brush on their own, but of course you're going to also need to help. Compliment them when they get it right and even when they don't. Kids love compliments and it boosts their self confidence, so give those high fives and even verbal compliments.

2. Use a toothbrush designed just for kids and that they'll just love to use. One such as the FOREO ISSA mikro that shows the happy and sad face. The silicone bristles are soft on the gums and the two mode vibrations stimulate and massage their gums while getting rid of plaque.


3. Use a Timer. It is recommended that children brush for at least two minutes, but when they're trying to get back to their favorite tv show or game, they think that two minutes is a very long time. Getting a timer lets them know when the time is up and they may even enjoy watching the time go down.

4. Flavored Toothpaste. I know that my own daughter hates our adult toothpaste because according to her "it doesn't taste good". Use a toothpaste made especially for kids and in a flavor that they'll love. We currently use hello products and their kids line is amazing. Madison loves their bubble gum flavored kids fluoride toothpaste. You'll be amazed at how much longer they'll brush when they have a toothpaste they love.


5. Sing a song. You can make up your own song about brushing or sing one that you know from your own days as a child. One such song I learned when I was growing up goes like this. "Brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your teeth until they shine. Brush them up and down, brush them all around, brush them until they shine." It not only teaches the correct way to brush but she just loves to hear when I sing.

With the ever increasing rise of cavities in kids younger than the age of 5, it's good to know that there is a toothbrush that can encourage your kids to brush. Be sure to set up a brushing routine of at least twice a day and get your little ones in the habit of brushing. With the FOREO ISSA mikro I am pretty sure that brushing will no longer be a problem. Now your problem might be getting them out of the bathroom.

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Let's discuss: How do you get your own children to brush?

Annmarie John
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  1. I get gabby to brush by playing the Elmo Brush your Teeth song! She loves it and asks to hear it 3 times.

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    1. Awww that is too cute. By the time you've sung it 3 times however, you should have been brushing for more than 2 minutes so that is great.

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    2. definitely, considering the song is only 1 minute and 30 seconds long which is odd when the recommended brush time is 2 minutes. It tells her which sides to brush and when to spit lol

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    3. I guess they figured that you'd sing it really slow so that by the time you're done the 2 minutes would be up.

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  2. I never thought I would call a toothbrush cute! I really like the Glee and Glum face ideas. Who wouldn't want to brush when your toothbrush smiles at you?

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    1. Right? I thought that idea was genius too!

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  3. It's such a struggle trying to get kids to brush their teeth properly. I love that this system is fun and vibrant for kids to want to spend time taking care of their oral hygiene.

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    1. It really can be. I have 2 older kids that I still have to remind to brush their teeth. :(

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  4. Okay so admittedly I don't have any children...but I love this! I have the FOREO Luna face cleanser and it works like a dream. I think I would love this :)

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    1. Oh they have the adult version that you can try for yourself. Just gotta love the FOREO products.

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  5. Sounds like a great toothbrush for little ones. I bet my younger nieces and nephews would love it.

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    1. I'm pretty sure they would. There is the ISSA that's for adults and the ISSA mini available for kids age 5+ so there are other options available if they're too old for the mikro.

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  6. It's so cute! I remember how I hated brushing my teeth when I was small. And, viola! Cavities were everywhere. If only this kind of toothbrush existed then, I would probably love brushing my teeth. :-)

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    1. Well guess what? They do have toothbrushes for adults too. You should check them out.

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  7. Wow, one charge is already so powerful and we don't have to recharge it until like 6 months. The colors look all great! Singing a song really helps.

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    1. Oh yes 1 charge is really all that you need for a few months. If you brush more than twice a day then you'll have to charge more often.

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  8. I have to have one for Bella now that's the beautiful thing about connecting with other bloggers you get the latest info on some of the most amazing products I would not have found out about otherwise. I am on my way to look into the Foreo luna face cleanser and now the tooth brush one for Bella and one for me.

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    1. That's the thing about blogging, you read about products that you normally won't have heard about. I've found out quite a lot of things over the past thanks to my blogging friends.

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  9. What a cool toothbrush. Son is very good about teeth brushing especially after his first visit years ago at 18 months and they gave him a new toothbrush for no cavities.

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    1. That is awesome! I know some kids just hate brushing but good to hear that yours does even after all these years.

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  10. I like that it encourages kids to brush with the appearance of Glee. Instilling good dental habits at a young age is critical.

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    1. Oh that's one of our favorite feature too. I just love Glee and Glum and cute names too.

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  11. Both of my parents were in the dental profession, so brushing was a nonnegotiable. LOL. Now they are so many cute toothbrushes for kids and fun flavored toothpastes.

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    1. There sure are and it can be difficult choosing one that is right for your child. Lukily FOREO took the guess work out of it for you.

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  12. These are so cool! I need to check them out for my three kids.

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    1. Well it depends on your child's age. There is the mini for age 5+ and then there's also the ISSA which is perfect for adults.

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  13. That's a nice looking toothbrush! Hey, anything to get the kids to brush longer, I'm about it!

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    1. Oh me too. With cavities on the rise we need to encourage more brushing and less sweets.

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  14. That's pretty darned awesome. My daughter was always good at brushing teeth. I found out years later that she hated mint toothpaste, though!

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    1. It's good to know what your child like/doesn't like and Madison hates it too, but loves bubble gum and strawberry flavored toothbrush.

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  15. Confession: I kind of want one for MYSELF haha! My stepdaughter's mom works for a dentist, so she is pretty good about her brushing, but I still think this would be super cool for her just to make sure she's diligent while she's at our house!

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    1. That's a good idea, get her a special toothbrush that she can look forward to when she visits.

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  16. That toothbrush looks nice but at $99??! Wow, I couldn't afford it. I use a spin brush for my daughter and Tom's kids. She likes brushing her teeth either way!

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    1. It is rather pricey but you're getting a toothbrush that you don't need to replace every 3 months. :)

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  17. This brush looks really nice to hold. I bet it makes brushing easier for the kids.

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    1. It really does and Madison just loves it.

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  18. Oh wow, these are so colourful and cute. I love the little happy/sad face lol.

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    1. Glee and Glum are cute aren't they? I love the colors myself and think the pearl pink is the best one of all.

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  19. I don't have kids, but this toothbrush looks pretty cool!!

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    1. Well they do have for the adults as well so you should be able to still check it out.

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  20. I love that the brushes look so grown up. Plus the colours are gorgeous but very expensive!

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    1. They are rather pricey but you're paying for the quality of the toothbrush and the fact that your child won't have to worry about cavities.

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  21. The toothbrush is really colorful. Kids would really love to brush with Forreo Issa and the it's just the perfect size for them.

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    1. Yes it is the perfect size and Madison just loves brushing with hers.

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  22. This looks like a great gift idea for my niece. I love the fun colors!

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    1. I'm sure your niece would appreciate you getting one for her in her favorite color.

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  23. Such a nice brush! Vibrant colors and good quality. I would surely try out.

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    1. It's exactly everything you mentioned. You should give it a try.

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  24. These are so cute!! I love that they are non-toxic and BPA free. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I just love the fact that they are too.

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  25. That is absolutely cute. Getting kids to do many things aren't easy. Good to see those glee & glum faces.

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    1. That is so true. I've done so much bribes but it's paying off and now with this toothbrush the bribing has gone down. She's actually happy to brush just to see Glee.

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  26. Beautiful brushes to encourage and inculcate brushing habits in kids.

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    1. Yes they are beautiful and they do help encourage good dental habits.

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  27. That's a really nice toothbrush! When I was a kid I was LUCKY if mine even had a character on it!

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    1. Oh I can relate. I'm at the age where as long as you brushed you were ok. They didn't care how the toothbrush looked. :)

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  28. Kids really need to be taught to brush teeth regularly. The importance of oral hygiene is more than just esthetic, it will also prevent cancer.

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    1. Yes you are right and that's why when my daughter is brushing, I'm monitoring because I know she won't be able to do a good job otherwise.

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  29. I might need to get this system for my son. We took him to the dentist this week and were told that he needs to do a better job brushing and flossing. I'm going to be on top of him to brush his teeth more vigorously from now on.

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    1. Oh sounds like my son and I think it might just be a boy thing. Dental visits are no joke and they can work out to be super expensive as well. Better get to brushing now to save money in the future.

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  30. My son has special needs and it is so hard to get him to brush. I think this toothbrush would be a great tool for him.

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  31. I started early with the brushing as well, I also used a wipe cloth until the twins started having their first teeth. This definitely would've come in handy. And I love that it's all silicone as well. I honestly prefer this than your usual toothbrush because I am a clean freak and I want things to be germ free as much as I can make them germ free. If that makes sense, lol.

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    1. Oh that's certainly one of the reason why I love it. The fact that it stays germ free and yes I used a wet cloth to wipe Madison's gums and teeth when she was younger.

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  32. I started early with the brushing too. We did the soft washcloth like you did. The timer tip is something we did too.

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    1. Seems like great moms think alike Rosey. :)

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  33. I love these toothbrushes. I think my little one would love them more. Her dentist said is will be prone to cavities and I think this one would encourage her in brushing her teeth well.

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    1. Oh I think you'll both love them the same. You can get one for your little one and one for you too and rock the mommy daughter look while brushing.

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  34. ahhhh I want one of these! How cool of a design is that? It is awesome that they have this - gets kids excited about brushing

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    1. You should totally get one, well the adult version of course. I love it!

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  35. Oh my goodness, this is so great! I love the faces and how glum shows up after 12 hours of not brushing, I for sure need to look into getting one of these for my son I think that it would make a huge difference in his oral health.

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    1. I think so too. Since you're supposed to brush at least 2 times a day, the 12hr timer is awesome.

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  36. Oooo this tooth brush looks so neat!!! My daughter is obsessed with brushing her teeth... Like it's legit weird how someone could love to brush that much lol....

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    1. Oh they're usually like that in the beginning although I'm thinking they're trying to eat the toothpaste. :)

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  37. Loving everything about this electric toothbrush! It's so pretty and I love that it's rechargeable! :)

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    1. Oh that it sure is. I love it myself too. Time to get the ISSA for myself.

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  38. the brushes are adorable! to be truthful, it reminded me slightly of the female pleasure toy (smile makers) because of the colours and material... I'm glad they are really for kids.!

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    1. Oh I've never heard of smile makers but now I'm intrigued to find out more. The ISSA mikro is amazing however.

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