It is commonly thought that it is easier to pick up things like learning a language and playing a musical instrument as a child. This is largely because when we are young our brains are developing and making neural connections. The best analogy is to think of a lump of clay. It is easier to form and shape the clay when you are first working with it, and this can get more difficult as the clay hardens. This is why it is best to establish good habits when your children are young. Typically children tend to try and avoid things like eating their vegetables, going to sleep, and of course, brushing their teeth. This is why adults come up with fun games and whimsical creatures, like the tooth fairy, to make the mundane magical.
Changing The Game Makes Brushing Fun
One father, Thomas Serval, was informed by his dentist that his child is not spending enough time brushing their teeth. Serval then did what any good parent would do: make brushing more fun for his young one, but he went above and beyond what most parents would do. His company, Kolibree, turned his kid’s toothbrush into a videogame controller. According to the Associated Press, “his company studied as many as 50 kids in a dentist office to see how they used his toothbrush versus a regular one. The kids brushed for more than two minutes on average with his brush and game combo.“ He then went on to tweak the length of the games, so that they end just short of two minutes which makes brushing fun. Kolibree is looking to release the gaming toothbrush sometime in April, but there is currently no price announced for this specific model. The adult version, which is currently out on the market, is priced at $149.
Why Brushing is Important
It is drilled into our heads from an early age that brushing our teeth is an important part of our routine, but what is that exactly? Brushing is a key component in defending your teeth against plaque which, if allowed to build up, can cause a number of issues for your mouth and teeth including tooth decay and gum disease. For children, tooth decay can mean painful early extraction of their baby teeth, which is why it is best to not only promote good brushing habits, but also to try and avoid sugary drinks like soda or juice. Using fluoridated toothpaste also helps your teeth reabsorb some lost minerals that are key in healthy tooth enamel.
Brushing twice per day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing after wards is a great start to maintain healthy teeth at home, but you should also be regularly visiting your dentist for check ups and routine cleanings. This is essential in catching any potential issues you may have before they become major problems. If you are in the Austin area and are in need of a dentist please consider visiting Dr. Dan Matthews at Dan Matthews, DDS. He can help get you on the right track to healthy teeth for your whole family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or have any questions, please give us a call at (512) 520-0606.