MyTeeth

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Toothbrushing timer teaches parents and models for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn proper form for tooth-brushing, while parents can learn more about age-appropriate skills and expectations, as well as techniques. 

Ease of Play

With the ability to customize the tooth-brushing experience and lots of parent info, it's easy for kids and parents. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MyTeeth is a tooth-brushing guide and timer for kids. It includes some in-depth information for parents as well, including an explanation of different brushing techniques and tools. There are some spelling and grammar errors, possibly due to a poor English translation. There are six characters for kids to follow and each can be assigned a specific set of preferences, allowing for each child to have a character that fits them (i.e., a younger left-handed child vs. an older right-handed child).  Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

MYTEETH introduces kids to six characters: two boys (including an African American boy), two girls, an alien, and a cat. Kids brush their teeth along with the characters, following their movements to help them brush for an appropriate length of time as well as to learn proper form. Each of these characters has a list of settings including music/no music/custom music, brushing technique, brushing order, toothbrush hand, and how long to brush side teeth, middle teeth, and chewing surfaces. These can be set across the app or individually. There's also a parent guide that covers everything from basic oral hygiene and equipment to specific brushing techniques (simple, circular, red-to-white, and bass method) and order (pedagogical order vs. classical order). It's more information than typically given and there is also some guidance as to which techniques are best for which ages. 

Is it any good?

If you're willing to have your device anywhere near your child while they brush their teeth, these quirky little characters will serve as a great models for what to do. MyTeeth goes past a typical timer to show good form for a variety of ages and it has an added bonus that parents can choose which hand should hold the toothbrush to make it easier for kids to follow. Most parents will likely learn something from all of the background information as well. It would be nice if the text showed more polish as the grammar and spelling errors take away from the authority of the information. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dental hygiene and how MyTeeth can help. Why do we brush our teeth? How do we do it? What are other things we can do to take care of our teeth?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

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