One of the most important hygiene tasks to teach your child is how to brush their teeth correctly.
The good news is that there are plenty of iPhone and iPad apps that will make brushing teeth fun for kids, while teaching them valuable lessons on dental care. All of these apps are available via the iTunes app store.
1. Time 2 Brush
Sponsored by AquaFresh, this iPhone and iPad app offers a handy timer to encourage kids to brush the different parts of their mouth for the appropriate amount of time. Kids can earn points for each successful brushing attempt which allows them to customize the app mascot, Nurdle, to their liking. This app is free.
This iPad app offers a hands-on approach for kids to learn about the basic components of healthy teeth. The lessons include proper tooth brushing, flossing and which foods kids should and shouldn’t eat to keep their teeth healthy. Kids can practice brushing a virtual set of teeth with the app before they try brushing their own teeth. In addition to the lessons, there are other useful features, including a calendar that can be used to record when kids lose their baby teeth and other major dental events. The app uses 3D and full zoom technology to give kids a 360-degree view of the mouth. You can purchase this app for $4.99.
3. Monster Mouth DDS
Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, this free app is a fun game for kids that also encourages proper and regular teeth brushing. Players pretend they are a dentist for monsters, and help solve the dental problems of the monsters while trying to avoid inflicting pain.
4. Kids’ Dental Health Lite
This app for the iPhone and iPad is the free version of a dental education app for kids which offers the storybook feature without the additional games that are found in the paid version of the app. The interactive storybook teaches kids that brushing their teeth is fun and important. Kids can choose from four different characters to lead them through the story. The app is a great motivational tool to be used right before brushing. The paid version with the games is $1.99.
5. My Healthy Smile
This app for iPhone and iPad is supported by Delta Dental. The app is for kids age 3-10 and teaches kids what to expect at the dentist and how to prepare for certain dental procedures by using interactive scripts. Kids can learn how dental X-rays are performed and what wearing braces will be like. The app costs $0.99.
6. Tooth Brushing Motivator
This app helps kids learn how to brush teeth properly by coloring them using the touchscreen controls. The bright colors are attractive to kids and will help keep them motivated while they learn correct brushing technique. The app costs $2.99.
This app will help kids learn at their pace the correct brushing technique. They also can choose seasonal pals (such as Santa Claus around Christmas) to guide them through the brushing regimen in a fun yet educational manner. StarTeeth is a free app.
8. Toothbrush Helper
If your child is into pirates, consider this app which features a smiley face pirate teaching little ones how to brush their teeth properly. The simple interface with cute sound effects is ideal for younger children, and the app includes a helpful timer to keep kids on track while they are brushing their teeth. This app costs $0.99.
As you can see, there are many iPhone and iPad apps to choose from to help teach your child how to brush their teeth properly and to make it fun, so dental hygiene will easily become part of their daily routine. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of these apps which can ensure your child learns the importance of good dental care. The benefits of a healthy mouth can last a lifetime.
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