Name: Kids Dental Health
Fee or Free: 1.99 at time of review
Rating: 4.5 stars
For most of us going to the dentist is just a have-to. My parents or my teachers never explained to me why brushing my teeth or a visit to the dentist was important. I just did it. This app is built to change that. Children begin by choosing an avatar who will guide them through the story. The app is part storybook, part activity center, and explains why people need to take care of their teeth. Four interactive games built into the app engage young readers and help them understand the ins and outs of dental hygiene. In the first game children move a toothbrush to catch the proper amount of falling toothpaste to brush with. Next the user moves a toothbrush to wipe out bacteria attacking the teeth followed by a game where you use dental floss to remove food. Finally children can play a matching game called Healthy Foods Game that resets each time they play.
Charming illustrations accompany the narration which is the same voice no matter which avatar the user chooses. Though the voice is pleasant, I'd like to see a boys voice accompany the male avatars. My only other constructive comment is that though the matching game is called Healthy Food Game there are unhealthy foods like ice cream, chips and chocolate included. I think children will find this confusing. Though the app does not say these foods are unhealthy, it does encourage children to eat less of them. By including them in a game called a Healthy Food Game the message being sent is that they are healthy foods. A wonderful surprise is that the book has some Easter eggs. If the child touches some of the illustrations the label of the illustration pops up and is read aloud.
All in all this is a great app to use just before a child has to visit the dentist to remind them of why we need to take care of our teeth. I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Kids’ Dental Health
by Alexandr Stacanov © 2012 TwoTea Applications
How do you introduce the importance of dental hygiene to your children? Do you sing songs? How many families out there sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” theToothBrushing Song? Families will jump through all kind of hoops to instill good dental hygiene habits at an early age. If singing songs or just telling your child(ren) like it is, isn’t working, then maybe a new approach is needed. Recently launched at the end of March, illustrator, Alexandr Stacanov and TwoTea Applications created Kids’ Dental Health for your iPad device running iOS 4.0 or later. With very few educational and interactive books in the App Store centered around health topics, like dental hygiene, Kids’ Dental Health is very user friendly and well worth the $1.99 download. Turn part of your morning and evening routine into something more entertaining as your child attempts to find hidden sounds on each page. Take on a new persona; Sam, Lily, Daniel or Mia and become a ‘dental defender’. In doing so, you and your child will read about the importance of flossing, applying tooth paste, ridding your mouth of bacteria and eating healthy foods.
Open wide and smile to show off your pearly whites as Kids’ Dental Health can be read to you by a professional teen narrator or read by you. Which toothbrush will make sense for your child(ren)? Regardless of which is chosen, this informational and interactive book can be implemented in a number of ways at home and school. Scroll through the four ‘dental defenders’ by simply tapping their smiling faces. Once selected, click the directional in the lower right hand corner and let the adventure begin.
As the Toothbrush Song states,
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them everyday.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay
Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!
Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!
Your teeth will sparkle for years to come
In the most beautiful way!
Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you’ll have
If it’s done this way.
In reviewing this song and this application we noticed a connection, each stanza of this song coordinates with a page within the book. To rid your mouth of tooth decay, Kids’ Dental Health not only shares factual information in a story like format, but it also introduces new vocabulary. To reinforce vocabulary, zoom in on your mouth as you play the Bacteria game. As quickly as possible, use your fine motor skills to tap away all forms of bacteria built up in your mouth. Notice that some forms of bacteria are more difficult to vanish than others and that toothbrushing needs to be done efficiently. A note to the developers – while playing the Bacteria game might it be possible to have an inside look of a scrolling mouth, indicating where possible bacteria will land. By brushing away the bacteria, you become a knight or magical fairy equipped with a toothbrush sword or wand.
Just as the song indicates, our story also continues as it shares the significance of flossing. Flossing for some children and yes, even adults, can be challenging. To guide our readers, developers have included a narrated graphic of techniques or strategies for best flossing, however, Applicable2U thinks a video presentation would be even more effective. Now that your ‘dental defender’ is equipped with a toothbrush and some floss, they have been protected for the day. Motivate your child towards a healthy, shiny smile in just 10 short pages. If your toothbrush and floss are not at your disposal during the day, don’t panic. Be sure to eat healthy and make regular visits to the dentist twice a year. If you don’t have time to read the whole story, simply click the page icon from your main menu screen and let the reinforcement continue.
Kids’ Dental Health could not have come at a more appropriate time as my own ‘dental defender’ tends to argue over having to brush his teeth. By making this interactive, informational book a part of our bedtime routine, teeth brushing hassles will become a thing of the past. At this time, there is only one interactive gaming feature, however, 3 additional games are coming in a future update for free. If your child’s doctor has indicated that it is time to start brushing their teeth, then downloading Kids’ Dental Health to your iPad device is an excellent addition to your iTunes library. Are you a family whose children have been brushing their teeth for few years, but put up a fight, then it’s time to learn and play towards a healthier mouth. Even an early elementary classroom teacher can benefit from downloadingKids’ Dental Health as it meets curriculum requirements for those in preschool-1st grade.
Applicable2U would most certainly give Kids’ Dental Health two thumbs up!! We are looking forward to continuing our mouth journey in future updates. If you would like to learn more about TwoTea Applications, please visit their website here. To add Kids’ Dental Health to your iTunes library today, simply click here.
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