Toothsavers Gaming App Now Available

A new mobile gaming app called “Toothsavers” has been launched by the Ad Council of the American Dental Association and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths.  This mobile device game asks children to rescue fairy tale characters from an evil, cavity-creating sorceress who casts a wicked, teeth rotting spell on the fairy tale kingdom.  The game was created in conjunction with the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign.  A spokesperson for the Ad Council of the ADA said that “Mobile technology plays a major role in influencing young people’s behavior and is a great fit for this campaign.”

 

The game is part of the ongoing effort to use technology to promote health and well-being.  The mobile game has three key features to teach parents and children about the importance of dental health.  One, in a timed, finger-swipe brushing game, players can save characters from the cavity-creating sorceress.  Two, in the two-player version of the game, kids can “brush” the teeth of their opponents when the mobile device is held up to their mouths.   Three, the app offers a toothbrushing companion so children and their parents can keep track of the child’s brushing progress.  It  is also a morning and nighttime tooth brushing reminder.  So the app is both a teaching tool and a way to monitor a child’s toothbrushing routine.  The app is geared toward children of ages three to six.  It is available free in the App Store and Google Play for Android and iOS devices.  It can also be found on the internet at 2min2x.org/PlayToothsavers.  

 

Yes – I downloaded the app and clicked around.  Cute graphics. I like the slogan “2min2x” which means brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day.  I’ll play it for kids in the office and see how they like it and how effective it is.

“A child can’t learn when he or she has a toothache,”
says Amy Paulin, a Democratic state Assemblywoman from Westchester County. Thus she was instrumental in passage of a new state law that requires school districts across New York State to ask parents to take their children for a dental examination before they begin school.

The new law is effective for the 2008-09 school year and families will be asked to voluntarily present a dental health certificate when a child enters pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in public school. The certificate must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on the child.

The law will only require schools to request parents take their children for a dental check-up twice in elementary school and twice in the secondary grades. There is no requirement that families do so. There is also no requirement that school districts follow up with families who do not turn in dental health certificates.

A dental examination assesses untreated dental disease and addresses good oral health, all of which can affect a child’s performance in school. Hopefully the new law will raise awareness about dental health and encourage regular dental care. The new law with its voluntary compliance is the first step to better dental health for all of our children – so call my Long Island office today to schedule your child’s dental checkup!meltdown free download changing lanes free hostel divx downloaddivx blown away