Dental Apps Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Kids
All parents want their children to have healthy teeth free of cavities and other painful dental problems. Teaching children how to brush and floss requires patience and active home care routines that are fun for the whole family. More parents are turning to dental apps to attract the attention of their techie children.
Parents who want to help their children brush their teeth for the right amount of time – 2 minutes – are using dental apps to make the activity more enjoyable. Many of the new apps have a timer that can help parents monitor the brushing time. The apps also come with great visuals and fun mini-games that encourage kids to spend the right amount of time without even realizing it. Here are some of the dental apps available:
Toothsavers Brushing Game. Featuring a fun and colorful design, this free mobile game inspires kids to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and calls on kids to be heroes. In a timed brushing game, they can save ten characters in a fairy tale kingdom from an evil, cavity-creating sorceress.
Tooth Talk TV. This app features fun dental education for kids. In Welcome to The Adventures of Dent Strong, Baby Tooth hosts Tooth Talk TV to introduce children to the importance of oral health and hygiene. He’s passionate about keeping teeth healthy and clean.
Disney Magic Timer. Oral-B’s dental app encourages children by challenging them to complete two minutes of brushing teeth each and every time.
Two Minutes Twice a Day. This collection of resources for moms and dads to help teach children proper brushing includes a library of fun two-minute videos. “Watch and brush” videos keep your kids brushing teeth for two whole minutes twice a day.
The four essential elements of good dental health for children:
- Brush two times a day with a children’s toothbrush.
- Floss once a day.
- Get regular dental checkups.
- Use fluoride toothpaste as recommended by your dentist.
Remember, healthy teeth make a healthy smile!
Dr. Nishan Halim
Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in adult and pediatric dentistry with restorative and cosmetic procedures, as well as preventive dentistry, in his Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. Contact the office to schedule an appointment for your child. We can help her get started on her own oral care routine.