It’s been said a million times, and for good reason—healthy dental habits throughout the beginning of one’s life can stick with you through old age. Teaching these early on can enable your child to continue to have good dental care when they are grown. That’s why children should be taught, in early childhood, the importance of brushing and the correct way to floss.

Teaching children to continually practice good oral hygiene can be a tough experience, but it’s worth seeing through. Summarized below is some helpful advice to get you started!

Technology is proving to be a useful educational tool.

These days kids can’t get enough of technology. With new apps being tested daily on the market, there are plenty that helps turn teeth cleaning into a positive experience. Below is a list of the top five dental hygiene applications. Check them out!

1. Disney Magic Timer
According to Oral-B, “90% of kids brush longer with the Disney Magic Timer app!” This app has over 20 Disney characters to pick from. The character becomes clearer as the child brushes their teeth. Along with that, upbeat music plays while a timer shaped liked Mickey Mouse counts down the recommended amount of time to brush teeth. This app works with Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages products.

2. My Bright Smile
Colgate designed five cool interactive dental hygiene games for kids to instill correct dental hygiene habits.

3. Brusheez—The Little Monsters Toothbrush Timer
This application encourages, through interactive characters, teeth brushing and learning proper oral hygiene. The app uses a customizable character which makes learning good oral health habits a relatable experience. The avatar and the child brush their teeth together while a timer runs down.

4. Happy Touch App
The years 1-3 can be difficult ones for getting children to brush their teeth. This app has fun animal companions to help your toddler enjoy the experience by brushing the animals’ teeth. The company advertises this app as a tool to help toddlers to learn patience, healthy living, and concentration.

5. Brush Teeth With Momo
This app offers a unique feature for parents—Brush Momo Mode. While you brush your child’s teeth, your child can brush Momo’s teeth on the screen! Frequent use of the app rewards your child with points. These points can be used to dress Momo in cool outfits and give Momo food.

To gather more information on methods to help your kids with teeth brushing or to schedule your next appointment, call Milford Dental Excellence today!