Dental professionals agree—the beginning of one’s life is a vital time for establishing good dental care habits. This helps enable a person to have proper dental care throughout their life. Children need to be taught the importance of brushing and the correct way to floss.
Encouraging children to adopt these practices can be a difficult task, but there are things you can do to make it easier. Summarized below are some ideas that may help!
A very persuasive tool is technology. After all, kids enjoy new technology and it can be used to learn new skills. With new apps being tested daily on the market, there are a number of them that can turn teeth cleaning into a positive experience. The following is a list of the top four free oral hygiene applications. Check them out!
1. Disney Magic Timer
“90% of kids brush longer with the Disney Magic Timer app,” according to Oral-B. This app has over 20 Disney characters in fun images that kids are encouraged to uncover as they brush. Along with that, upbeat music plays in the background while a Mickey Mouse timer counts down the minutes for brushing. This application is available for use with Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages products.
2. My Bright Smile
Colgate provides kids with five fun educational dental games with the intent of instilling healthy dental hygiene habits.
3. Brusheez—The Little Monsters Toothbrush Timer
This application encourages, through interactive characters, teeth brushing and teaching oral care. Having an interactive character encourages children to take part in their overall oral health. A timer is set for the child to brush with the avatar.
4. Happy Touch App (Currently unavailable in English)
Brushing a toddler’s teeth can be a real challenge during those years. This app utilizes interactive animals to teach healthy dental care by having the child brush the animals’ teeth. The company advertises this app as an educational resource to teach toddlers patience, healthy living, and concentration.