Zac has been asking us questions about his teeth recently. At 9 years of age, he has dropped about 4 of his first set of teeth. His recent visit to the dentist revealed that he has not been brushing properly. When I heard that, I told myself that I must make sure our 3 kids know how to brush their teeth properly and thoroughly!
However, one of the problems we faced, especially with Jay our 7-year-old, was his speed of brushing. This boy brushes his teeth in 30 seconds flat. Every other day, you can hear either the hubby or me asking Jay the same questions, “Are you sure you’re done?!” before proceeding to get him to “Brush again!” This will be followed by protests and groans. From him, of course.
Can someone invent something to get the kids to brush their teeth longer? Please?
Well, someone must have heard my pleas, because recently, I get to know about this new Disney Magic Timer™ app by Oral-B, which claimed to get kids to brush their teeth longer! Wow.
When I heard that, I immediately downloaded the app, which is free by the way, and get Jay to try it out.
The first time he used the app, he brushed his teeth for 2 minutes. We didn’t need to remind him, nag at him, or get him to brush again. There was no protest from him to brush THAT long. And the best thing is, he has been brushing his teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, without us having to say a word to him!
So, what exactly does this app do that is so magical?
You are able to create a profile for each of your children. When your child wants to brush his/her teeth, simply tap on your child’s profile name and pic, and you will be asked to scan your Oral-B toothbrush.
Your child will be asked to get ready to start brushing, and the timer will start counting down from 2 minutes.
As the timer counts down, and your child brushes his teeth, the toothbrush on the screen brushes away the foam to reveal a cartoon scene. Music will be playing at the background. How nice, to brush your teeth while listening to music!
When 2 minutes is up, there are cheers and fireworks to congratulate your child for successfully staying at brushing for 2 minutes. Your child gets rewarded with a sticker which he can collect in his own sticker albums.
What I like about this app is the brushing calendar which allows parents like me to track whether our kids have brushed their teeth twice a day.
The only concern I have while using this app is the worry that my kids might wet my phone or ipad, or worse, accidentally drop it into the sink or toilet bowl! So, I placed my phone into a ziploc bag for protection when they are using the app.
Want to let your child try out the Disney Magic Timer™ app by Oral-B?
You can download it for free here or simply search for Disney Magic Timer by Oral B in Apple App Store or Google Play.
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Disclosure: Ingspirations was invited to try the Oral-B products. We were given 2 complimentary Oral-B Stages Power Toothbrushes, replaceable brush heads and shopping vouchers for the purpose of this trial. All opinions are my own.