Brushing teeth is a necessary hygiene habit kids should learn from an early age. However, many kids out there still do not know the proper way to brush their teeth, or simply find it a chore. Because of this, more than 16 million kids suffer from untreated tooth decay in the U.S.!
If you too shudder at the revelation, then you’ll appreciate our app pick for today: Toothsavers. Created by The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, it is a fun app which encourages kids to brush their teeth daily.
Save the Teeth!
Starting the app for the first time, kids will be greeted by a short narration of an unfortunate kingdom cursed by an evil sorceress. The wicked spell left the kingdom’s quirky inhabitants with rotten mouths and decaying teeth, and it is now up to your kids to help Toothy and the Toothsavers return everyone’s precious smiles.
Using their fingers, kids brush each character’s teeth to get rid of all the nasty grub stuck there. Occasionally, kids also have to tap to banish the bacteria that show up in the character’s mouth. While they play, a young boy’s voice provides them with helpful instructions and tips for proper toothbrushing, such as brushing behind the teeth and brushing away from the gums. At the end of the two-minute game, up to three stars may be awarded for brushing the character well.