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“Come on – we’ll be late for school it you don’t do those teeth NOW!”
I am pretty sure I am not the only mum in the world who seems to say this about fifty billion times EVERY SINGLE MORNING….
Colgate’ fun dispenser
I really don’t want to have to harangue my kids, but this often seems to be the way in the morning when they need to brush their teeth. Now they are using adult toothpaste, things have improved, as the Colgate toothpaste that we get from our local Waitrose is in a cool dispenser thing…
Who knew that toothpaste could make you smile for reasons other than the usual…
We only recently found them on the Waitrose shelves, and I am very much hoping that it stops us from having to clean up the toothpaste tube mess every morning – which is largely caused by my kids not being that good at squeezing the tube from the bottom! ;-)
Even our joy at our newfound dispenser fun, doesn’t seem to make the kids want to clean there teeth enough, and its still a bit of a chore for them…but then after doing a few reviews for apps recently on the blog, I suddenly had a brain wave…
“There has to be an app for that, right?”
There are a few in fact, including a great little eBook in the Luca Lashes series, which is designed for younger children to help them get used to the idea of brushing their teeth. Luca is a charming character who helps introduce kids to lots of firsts; Luca Lashes learns to brush his teeth is a great way to gentle demonstrate what its all about for a younger child.
Try a tooth brushing reward chart too
The apps for helping to brush vary, from simple timer apps, to those that are more complicated offering rewards to the kids for brushing regularly. KiddyCharts even have a couple of reward charts for brushing teeth, which you could use in combination with any of the apps discussed below. These are free, but if you register for the site, you can choose more themes, and even add a name and photo to these charts.
What tooth brusing apps are there for my kids?
So which apps are working a treat with the Colgate then?
Brush your teach with funny animal for kids and toddlers – Concappt Media (£1.49)
The Brush your Teeth app is a rather cool little thing that lets your child choose from a horse, dog, or bunny to brush along with. You choose what food you had that day, put toothpaste on the animal’s brush, clean their teeth, and then its your turn!
You can set the time to clean, but the character doesn’t brush along with your child in this app. This is a pretty simple app that kids will like, and its not too expensive either….
Brusheez: Little monsters toothbrush timer – Unity (Free – with in game pay options)
Kids can choose their character in Brushezz as well, with extra characters available to buy within the app; you start with two free little monsters; Zookie and Kazowie. You can play a little with the characters before brushing along with them. For example, if you click on the chest next to your character, you can change their clothes, hair and toothbrush, which my kids seemed to love. The characters do help guide children where to brush in this app too. The singing as the timed clicks down can get a little annoying, but it is free ;-)
Chomper Chums – United Concordia Dental (Free) *Star buy*
You have another choice of whom to brush with in Chomper Chums, but this time there are wild animals and not just domesticated! We have a lion, crocodile and a horse. My daughter was rather keen on the croc because they have lots of sharp teeth to brush. As with the previous app, you are offered help with where to brush your crocs mouth, but this time there is commentary on when to change brushing position. Music even plays while you are doing it too! This app offers you reward points for brushing, so the kids get a reward for taking part in the activity every day. There are two minutes brushing time again too.
My daughter liked this one a lot, and it even caused the comment:
” These apps are all really good, aren’t they, mummy, as they actually make kids WANT to brush their teeth….”
Unusually, this app also includes a minute for kids to floss, and half a minute for rinsing; helping them do it too. In addition, there are coins awarded whenever the animals teeth are cleaned; this allows kids to “feed” their pets. They need to keep them healthy by feeding them good food choices :-D
Of the free and paid apps available, this was my daughters favourite, and mine too; lots of options, and no outlay!
Brush teeth with Momo – Think Design Studio (Free) *Top value*
This app is also free, and Momo provides great value. You can choose to brush with your mum and dad, or on your own. You can also pick the toothpaste and toothbrush you use, with lots of bright, colourful options. Momo then brushes along with you, showing children where to brush. There is no commentary this time though. Brushing earns both crystals and toothpaste points, which can be exchanged at the start of the game for food, clothes or toys for Momo. Time for brushing is two minutes, as is common with all these apps.
Brush with Jackson – Rosie’s Playtime (£1.49) -Jackson lite free version)
The game allows children to brush along with Jackson for two minutes, but you can also make him giggle by tickling him, as well as poke him to hear him squeal. This is the only app with multi-media functionality, which explains the extra cost. You can record a video of your child’s interaction with the app, including their speech, which Jackson will repeat.
My kids loved this – and were keen to keep playing with it instead of going to bed! The feature I loved most was the “kazoo” which causes Jackson to turn his toothbrush into a Kazoo and play it for the kids. We used this as a reward to encourage brushing – along with the stars on our charts.
Brushytime – Laserboy (Free with in app purchases)
This app does exactly what it says on the tin – Brusytime is, well a timer for them brushing their teeth.
It offers some great themes for you for free, with other ones available for in app purchase. There are three themes in total; Flower, classic and pirate. As well as the brushing timer, there is also one for rinsing.
The themes do tell you where and when to brush, and have engaging activities on screen, with simple music to help keep your child’s attention for the full 2 minutes. As with the Chompers app, there is also a rinse timer.
This is a simple app, but would certainly help to engage the children while brushing, and give you time to nip to the loo without having to supervise their brushing time.
My teeth – Vogelbosch & Co (Free and all inclsuive character version £1.99)
This my teeth app offers a free, and all inclusive version. The paid option enables you to pick any of the four characters available, rather than just the free one; Lisa. This gives you an alien, which clearly is VERY important to small boys like Stuntboy ;-)
You can set your preferences for each of your brushing “buddies”, including the type of brushing, toothpaste and music you use. This app even has an additional option to be able to set the length of time spent brushing the different sets of teeth in your child’s mouth, which might make it perfect for those kids who are just learning, or who need a little reminding to do their back teeth, etc.
Toothsavers – Partnership for Health Mouths, Healthy Lives (Free)
Our final app is also a game – Toothsavers. An evil sorceress has cast a spell, so that everyone’s teeth and smelly. Your job is to clean the characters teeth; from knights, to dragons. You can also brush with the toothsavers team as well. Regular use of the app over a period of days means that more characters to play or brush with are unlocked.
This is a good idea, but my daughter did get a little annoyed with the narrator in this app – but that might just have been her. As it’s free, you can always give it a go anyway.
I really hope that you find an app that works for your kids…but be careful though, you don’t want to find that you can’t STOP them from cleaning their teeth anymore as they are enjoying it a bit too much now ;-)
Even the dinosaurs are getting in on the act with Momo….