Monday, October 7, 2013

Top Apps For Going To The Dentist

Liz wrote: I'm looking for an app that will help prepare my almost 4yo (with mild to moderate global developmental delay) for a visit to the dentist. Can anyone help?

Liz’s question generated quite a discussion on Facebook.  We had a number of app suggestions as well as some general suggestions.

General suggestions:
Jennifer recommended “a good social story. You could even go in and take photos of the actual surgery and chair for the story.”

Leah said  to read the “"little monster" books”

Laura previously had success with watching “YouTube videos of other kids going to the dentist”

Amy said We practiced at home. First, I lie down (couch or bed) while he brushes my teeth. We do that for a few days in a row. Then we take turns. I lie down while he cleans my teeth, then he lies down while I clean his teeth. It rehearses the sense of vulnerability.”

Michelle mentioned that the “'off we go ' series of books are fantastic and many of them are downloadable on There is one for the dentist and it really helped with our son. We actually brought the book with us [to the dentist] and went through each step. It helped that we had a very helpful dentist who was determined to make it a positive experience!”

Amy recommended “Consider making an "appointment" to just visit the dentist's office... take a tour... see other people being worked on... etc... without an actual appointment. Then tell him the next time you go it will be his turn.”

App Suggestions:  The following is a list of apps, in no particular order, as recommended by our readers. 
** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.

Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**
Dino Hospital  – Doctor Game for Kids LITE!
Jennifer: “There's a dino hospital app. It has a dentist section where you get to clean teeth, drill and fill teeth and put on braces.”

The LITE version of Dino Hospital contains three out of a possible 8 hospital scenes and dinos.  Luckily for the asker of this question, the dentist scene is one of the three free scenes.  The game is simple for kids to play and, with an adult talking through what the child is doing, this app would provide a good example of what will happen at the dentist.

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Shelia:Ed Meets the Dentist is cute”

Lindsey: “Ed meets the dentist. Great app! My 4 yr. old son (with ASD) LOVES this ap. It's a video about a rabbit’s first trip to the dentist and has a game you can play doing all the things you learned in the video. I thought it was great and had him play it for about a week before his appointment. When we were at the dentist he was pointing out all that he had learned and was excited about it all (which was awesome!).”

From iTunes: “The perfect APP to help prepare your child for their first trip to the Dentist! Interactive games familiarize children with the dental experience by reinforcing each step that might be encountered during a check-up visit. Kids are less anxious about the Dentist when they have already experienced the unfamiliar with Ed!!

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Going to the Dentist

 Going to the Dentist – Interactive Story Book app
From itunes:
● Teach kids why sugary foods and sweets can cause cavities. 
● Learn about cavities - A cavity feeds on sugar from food and drink you take in. 
● Learn the best time to brush teeth - It's right after meals and snacks
● A cute storybook you would want to read with your child.
● Touch Pepa (animated character) and see him react with funny gestures (+sound effects).

● Touch an object on screen and its related word appears and is read aloud.
● Recommended Ages: 3-7

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Dr Sprakly Smiley HD

Chreyl:  Dr. Sparkly Smiley shows a dentist visit

From iTunes: Dr. Sparkly Smiley can help YOU & YOUR CHILD tackle your first dental visit anxiety in a positive & fun way! This interactive app features:
* Painting - can help manual dexterity 
* Shape recognition
* Color introduction
* Counting 1-20 (tap & drag)
* ABC's matching game 
* Inputting your child's name
* Reading - tap each word for language development
* Parents' corner - look for the dancing tooth it has some great tips for parents
* Best for 2-4 yrs old
Have fun & instill a healthy habit!

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Tiny Dentist
From iTunes: 
- Uncountable number of patients with lots of dental problems 

- Remove all traces of caries and fill the hole in the tooth
- Remove tooth calculus
- Use water and air spray 
- Extract decayed teeth
- Remove food that stuck in teeth 
- Dental bleaching
- Remove halitosis
- Put braces on 
- Brush teeth - No third-party advertising! 
- No in-app purchases!

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Odd Socks Mummy would have finished this post a lot quicker if she hadn't gotten stuck into cleaning teeth in Tiny Dentist!

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