- On May 10, 2016
Dental health is a major concern for everyone, but especially for children. In fact, dental decay affects over 16 million children in the United States. Focusing on dental health early in life can help children develop healthy dental habits that will continue through adulthood.
Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite apps to help children learn to love brushing and caring for their teeth.
For kids dealing with dentist anxiety, Tiny Dentist is a great app. Kids can play the role of the dentist on the app, treating human and animal patients. From X-rays to cavities to a simple brushing, the app allows kids to solve dental problems and create healthy smiles. Becoming the dentist and being gentle with patients can help children become more comfortable with the idea of being in the patient chair themselves.
Designed as a fun game app for kids, Toothsavers was developed for the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign by The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. The game creates a story where the player is the hero fighting against an evil sorceress who creates cavities. With a fun and engaging storyline, kids will enjoy the game while learning about healthy dental habits. The app also provides brushing tips and helpful reminders when it’s time to brush.
Sugar Bug Blast
Future dentists and Barbie fanatics will love this game from the Barbie website. In the game, the player will have access to dentist tools like brushes, scrapers, and mouthwash to give their patients a sparkling smile. The game is fun and simple, making it the perfect tool for building an interest in keeping teeth clean and healthy.
Kids’ Dental Health
Educational apps can still be fun! Kids’ Dental Health is packed full of interesting and informative lessons that will help you teach your children about good dental habits. The app is set up like a story book. The child chooses from a selection of characters, and then works through the story and a series of games that teach lessons about taking care of teeth.
Disney Magic Timer
Brushing is always more fun with a buddy. The Disney Magic Timer app helps encourage children to brush their teeth by bringing favorite Disney and Marvel characters into the action. When kids open the app, a timer will let them know when to start and when to finish brushing. A reminder will also show when it’s time to switch the area of the mouth being brushed. In-app stickers offer a reward for remembering to brush each day.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
At the office of Dr. David Brumbaugh, we know how important it is for parents to teach their children good dental habits. Is it time for you or your child to have a check-up? Please contact Dr. Brumbaugh today to make your appointment!