StarTeeth

Common Sense Media says

Fun characters encourage oral hygiene, keep kids brushing.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very intuitive with clear choices to make and easy access to the brushing timer.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that StarTeeth is a health app that teaches kids the proper way to brush their teeth. Its detailed instructions and diagrams thoroughly explain the steps involved. Kids can then use the app twice daily when they brush their teeth. The timer counts down the two minutes recommended for each brushing. Kids get to choose a mate to keep them company while they brush. Mates include girls, boys, animals, superheroes, and holiday-themed characters. The mates are paired with a toothbrush that fits their theme (the cat has a fishbone-handled toothbrush, for example), and kids can also vote for future mates to be included in the app.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A playful app to keep kids brushing their teeth. Cartoon mates include animals, superheroes, and holiday-themed characters, paired with fun toothbrushes (like a fishbone-handled toothbrush for a cat).

Learning Approach

Kids learn the basics of tooth brushing with written instructions and diagrams. They can use the app twice daily, choosing a character to engage (or distract) them as they brush their teeth and a timer counts down two minutes.

Support

Although the app gives a thorough explanation with tips about brushing teeth, the instructions are not read aloud, so parents will need to go over this text with younger kids. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn the basics of brushing their teeth with StarTeeth. Although the app gives a thorough explanation with tips about brushing teeth, the instructions are not read aloud, so parents will need to go over this text with younger kids. Kids can follow a character and brush with a timer, so they'll know they've brushed for a good amount of time. The characters switch up which teeth they brush so kids should follow suit, but the characters don't incorporate the other tips given in the text, so parents should remind their kids of those. StarTeeth is a good starting point to get kids brushing correctly.

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In StarTeeth, kids get to choose from 12 different characters including a cat and a gingerbread man (hey, everyone needs to brush their teeth!). The characters brush their teeth in front of a mirror so they can see what areas they are brushing. Kids follow along and brush too. Kids get two minutes to brush as well as they possibly can. Kids can tap "quit" at any time to stop brushing, and the quit button also serves to pause the timer.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

STARTEETH is a playful app to keep kids brushing their teeth. The instructions of how to properly brush teeth are very detailed and thorough. The app takes care of counting down the two minutes for each teeth brushing session, while kids can brush their teeth along with their chosen mate. StarTeeth combines fun with what is usually a daily chore. While the app is excellent for helping kids and encouraging them to brush their teeth, it doesn't address other oral hygiene issues, such as flossing.

Families can talk about...

  • Make it fun: Brush your teeth together!

  • Talk about aspects of oral hygiene such as flossing and visiting the dentist.

  • Once kids have mastered the basics and no longer need to watch the character brush, find other fun ways to pass the two minutes, such as a short song they can listen to while brushing.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:January 12, 2011
Category:Health & Fitness
Publisher:FUNGAMENTAL Labs s.r.o.
Version:1.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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