A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Toothsavers Brushing Game is a free tool produced by the 2min2x campaign to encourage kids to brush twice a day for two minutes. Kids can play games to see how brushing removes food from their teeth and kills bacteria, unlocking more characters as they advance along a map in a kingdom that is locked by a curse that only brushing can end. Kids also can brush along with a two-minute video that shows them how to brush each area of their mouth and teeth. Parents can set up the times of day their kids should brush and receive push reminders that it's time to brush.
What's it about?
A fairy tale ties the whole game together: "Once upon a time in a land far away" a witch was jealous of the people in the village having healthy teeth, so she put a spell on their mouths, making their teeth dirty. Kids move along the map of the village, unlocking a different villager each day. They'll choose from three mini-games. In "Play with Toothsaver," kids brush the villagers' food-covered teeth, getting off the food and killing the bacteria. They can get up to three stars for how well they brush, and they'll get instructions on proper brushing techniques as they work on the villagers' teeth. In "Have Fun with Your Friend," kids can work with a partner, holding the device in front of one mouth, with the other brushing their teeth. In "Brush with Toothsaver," kids follow the animation brushing each section of their teeth with a two-minute timer. They'll also get hints on good brushing technique and a reminder to rinse their mouth and brush and to floss when finished. Parents can set up twice-daily brushing times in the settings and receive push notifications reminding kids to brush.
Is it any good?
TOOTHSAVERS BRUSHING GAME is one of those apps that truly makes parenting easier. No need to nag kids that it's time to brush their teeth; the app's push notification reminds them, and they'll be thrilled to get to use the device while they brush. The two minutes pass quickly as kids follow the character's lead in brushing, starting with the top-left molars, moving to the top middle, going to the top-right molars, and so on, so kids will do a pretty thorough brushing job. (Of course, parents will still need to help with younger kids.) The other games are cute, and kids may enjoy playing them a couple of times, but the "Brush with Toothsaver" game makes this one sparkle.
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents may still need to do a quick once-over brushing on preschoolers' teeth after they've brushed with the app.
Parents can set up push notifications in the settings to receive reminders at specific times for kids to brush their teeth.
Flossing isn't part of the game but is still mentioned. Model for kids how to floss effectively.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, preventing sickness
- Price: Free
- Release date: December 20, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Size: 49.90 MB
- Publisher: Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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