Toothsavers Brushing Game

 
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Learning(i)

Cute quest makes kids want to brush two minutes twice a day.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

"Brush with Toothsaver" and "Play with Toothsaver" are both easy for kids to use on their own. "Have Fun with Your Friend" is trickier, though. The mouth is supposed to move when kids move their own mouths (holding the device up to their faces), but the response isn't perfect, and it's hard to keep the on-screen mouth open.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

No personal information is requested from kids. If parents choose to share kids' brushing milestones on Facebook, the app has access to their Facebook account information and can automatically post updates about kids' brushing progress. The app's privacy policy is accessible in the parent's section of the app.

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 kids can learn

Skills

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • preventing sickness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Guided animation makes brushing teeth fun and effective. The other games are pretty simple and may not hold kids' interest long, but the brushing guide is excellent.

Learning Approach

Games show kids how brushing effectively and for long enough removes food and bacteria from their teeth. The exaggerated images of food on the teeth is funny but effective for showing kids how important it is to brush and to do it for long enough.

Support

Verbal instructions guide kids through the games and through proper brushing techniques. Push notifications remind kids to brush twice daily.

What kids can learn

Skills

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • preventing sickness

Kids can learn the importance of brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes. They'll learn proper techniques for moving the brush up and down and side to side and getting all parts of their teeth, front and back and tops. They'll learn to brush away from their gums and to give their tongue a brush, too. The timer helps kids know how long to brush. It's all positive -- there's no yuck mouth or cavity if kids don't succeed. They're simply encouraged to brush and to do it correctly. Toothsavers Brushing Game makes brushing teeth fun for kids, and parents can feel good knowing kids are brushing thoroughly if they're following along.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
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

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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