Make “Teeth Brushing” Time Fun
More than a quarter of British five-year-olds suffer from tooth decay, according to a . These aren’t isolated cases either, with these children typically having three or four decayed teeth. Although the problem is complex and involves contributing factors such as the parents’ dental health and diet, as well as dental habits, there are some apps for children that can also help.
More than a quarter of British five-year-olds suffer from tooth decay, according to a study published by Public Health England last year. These aren’t isolated cases either, with these children typically having three or four decayed teeth. Although the problem is complex and involves contributing factors such as the parents’ dental health and diet, as well as dental habits, there are some apps for children that can also help.
We covered Brush DJ, a great NHS approved app for helping your child brush for the recommended 2 minutes, in this earlier post. There are several others games and apps on the market as well, and we have picked out a few below.
Sugar Bug Blast Lets you Play Dentist with Barbie
Kids will love playing dentist along with their favourite doll, Barbie, in Sugar Bug Blast. This web-based game encourages players to use toothbrushes, polishers, scrubbers, mouthwash, and other dental tools to clean away the “sugar bugs” and create a sparkling mouth. Two difficulty levels make it appropriate for players of all ages.
Sugar Bug Blast is a fairly simplistic representation of oral healthcare, but it should get young kids thinking about brushing away their own sugar bugs.
The Kids’ Dental Health App Encourage Kids to Read & Play
Dental education is delivered in a fun and informative way through the Kids’ Dental Health app. The app features four illustrated short stories which deal with different oral health topics. Older children can read them for themselves, while younger kids can choose the “read to me” feature.
The stories are complemented by mini-games which teach kids about putting toothpaste on their brushes, flossing, oral bacteria, and choosing healthy foods.
The Kids’ Dental Health app is available for £6.99 from the iTunes store.
Top Teeth Games Raise Awareness of Dental Health
The BBC created Top Teeth to raise awareness of dental health in Northern Ireland, but its fun web-based games should entertain and inform children throughout the United Kingdom.
Fang Fairy teaches children to limit their sugar intake by encouraging them to make the best food choices. Kids help toothy Keith brush away the impact of sugary foods in Keith the Teeth. Children learn teeth names as they fill up the mouth in the Pac-Man-like-style Gobble Gobble. Finally, Zap the Plaque teaches kids about the structure of their teeth and the impact of plaque as they zap it away.
The games on Top Teeth are designed to appeal to seven to nine-year-olds. In addition, the site features a range of oral health activity ideas, including a foldable paper game and toothbrush recycle art project.
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