A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth, time management
Health & Fitness: hygiene and self care
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 23, 2018
- Category: Education
- Size: 64.90 MB
- Publisher: Vogelbusch & Co
- Version: 1.4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later
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