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Kids Won't Brush Teeth? Show Them This iPhone App

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To many children, brushing their teeth is just a cumbersome chore, which leads to the same old frustrating battle in the bathroom between parents and their offspring. But now Krefeld-based psychiatrist Dr Einhardt Illing has developed an iPhone app which provides guidance and motivation for brushing. And a little bit of fun to boot.

The new tooth brushing motivator, "Motivetrix," guides the user through brushing using color sequences, and motivates them with imaginary painting. The iPhone screen shows a diagram of the human set of teeth, and displays the individual tooth areas in different colors at intervals. The user follows the color sequence with his or her toothbrush. Brushing is complete when the whole set of teeth is colored in.

The imaginary coloring-in turns brushing into a game. The 2-3 minute brushing time specified by dentists is over in a flash.

And, there are also educational benefits attached. Children learn through the color distinctions that they have different teeth in their mouth. They remember the groups of teeth more easily, thanks to the color markings.

The "Motivetrix" tooth brushing motivator is primarily aimed at parents and their children, but will also help kindergarten and pre-school teachers as well as dentists in their prevention programs.

The iPhone tooth brushing motivator app is available from Apple's App Store for Euro 2.49. It is available in German and English. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

About Dr Einhardt Illing

Dr Einhardt Illing is a psychiatrist who uses physical exercise therapies, including autogenic training, (self-,)hypnosis, yoga and Qi Gong, to bring about mental and psychological changes.


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