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Invent Boston designs and develops original products to add science + whimsy to  every day tasks at home.   Our first product is a Two Minute timer, Two Minute Turtle, a visual timer. The Two Minute Turtle helps children and adults focus on two minute tasks such as brushing teeth, physical therapy, taking a shower and speaking (practicing a presentation or learning a language).

Lesson #5: The Truth Behind Kids' Oral Health

Invent Boston & Two Minute Turtle Timer blog

Invent Boston designs for parents to turn chores to cheer. The first product is the Two Minute Turtle Timer.  The Two Minute Turtle Timer, helps make toothbrushing more fun for kids. Keeping kids healthy takes a village. We share tips and struggles to make the every day parenting with young kids more fun.

Lesson #5: The Truth Behind Kids' Oral Health

Virginia Berman

Risk assessment is a valuable tool for the prevention and management of dental caries.
— American Dental Association website

Lesson #5: Ask Your Dentist to Give Your Child a Dental Risk Assessment 

I wish I had known about this tool when our kids were little.  It took a former dental executive to inform me of something called a Risk Assessment. It helps figure out your child’s most appropriate dental health choices.

When your child goes to a dentist appointment between ages 4 and 14, you may ask if the dentist uses a Risk Assessment.  It’s a good sign if the dentist uses one to  guide their decisions. The Risk Assessment is a series of questions to evaluate the child’s risk of decay. This evaluation helps you and the dentist make decisions about procedures as they arise--cavities, sealants, flouride treatments, pulling teeth.  


The assessment will categorize a patient’s overall risk of developing caries, based on family history and clinical examination. It gets a baseline of the teeth and the child’s diet, including whether they have sugary drinks regularly, the warning signs of cavities, how deep the lesions may be, the mother’s cavities. It’s a series of questions to evaluate the family history, daily habits and current oral health of the child. Learn more: CAMBRA, Caries Management by Risk Assessments. As always, be kind with yourself. We parents are doing the best we can with what we have!


Ask your dentist

Do they offer a Risk Assessment?