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Apps to Help Kids Develop Good Dental Care Habits

Mother and Child Brushing Their Teeth
Parents need patience to teach children to brush their teeth properly twice per day, floss once per day, and swish with mouthwash at night. Helping children do these things properly and consistently is a challenging job. Consider using helpful apps to make dental care easier and more fun for your children. They may even help your kids look forward to brushing their teeth.
Timer Apps
A timer app can help you easily track how long your kids brush their teeth. According to the American Dental Association, children and adults should brush their teeth for at least two minutes at a time. People should also brush two times every day. A timer app can help your children focus on brushing without looking at a clock or counting the seconds.
You can also turn it into a game. Set simple rules. If your children brush their teeth with the proper form for the entire two minutes, you may offer them a small nightly reward. Something small like a sticker or 10 extra minutes of TV time will likely delight young children. When the timer app goes off after two minutes, make a big deal out of cheering them on for winning.
One of the most popular timer apps is the Disney Magic Timer App by Oral-B. The Disney Magic Timer App inspires kids to brush their teeth for longer while having a good time. It features characters from Disney movies, Star Wars, and Marvel comics. Other timer apps are available if this one doesn't meet your needs.
Brush DJ
Brush DJ is a fun, popular app that can be used instead of timer apps. This app cleverly plays two minutes of music to encourage kids to brush for the proper length of time. If your children have their own tablet or smartphone, the app can even be set to give them an alarm that reminds them to brush their teeth twice daily. The app also reminds them of other dental care activities.
Some of the songs that chart as popular on the Brush DJ app include "Dancing" by Kylie Minogue, "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" by Fredde Le Grand. The app has been praised by critics, and it won awards from such organizations as the British Society of Pediatric Dentistry. This is a popular app in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Dental Dictionary
The more kids understand about their teeth and the importance of optimal dental care, the more motivated they may be to take care of their teeth and gums. The Dental Dictionary is an app that's great for children who are curious about their dental health and want to learn more about the world of dentistry. This app is also good for kids who doubt what they're told to do.
This app can also be good for parents. When kids come to them with hard-to-answer questions on dental care or treatments, parents can simply look up certain terms and discuss the meanings with their kids. This habit also sets a good example for children to get in the habit of doing research when they come across things they don't understand.
Colgate Tooth Fairy
The Colgate Tooth Fairy app is a fun app for kids who still believe in the tooth fairy. In addition to a whimsical in-app game where kids try to protect their teeth from bacteria, the Tooth Fairy app also includes an album where you can track when your children lose teeth and when their adult teeth are growing in.
Use these apps to help your children take dental care seriously. If you need more tips for dental care, contact the Family Dentistry of Dunn Avenue for an appointment today. We provide gentle preventative care and treatments for every member of your family. Taking your children to biannual dental appointments can help set them up for positive dental care habits for life.