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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).

How Does a Child Learn How Long to Brush Teeth?

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.

How Does a Child Learn How Long to Brush Teeth?

Virginia Berman

What's the most common childhood disease?  Tooth decay. And what's one of the early, daily, and most tiring habits to teach children?  From my experience, tooth brushing is up there.  Children don't want it, nor do they understand why do it twice a day... two minutes every time.  The rewards to brushing thoroughly, though, are great. 

What are the options to teach kids how to brush for two minutes?

1) Electric toothbrush:

 Pro: It sounds a beep indicating when to switch to the next part of the mouth.  It has an automatic up and down motion

Con: Pricey. children don't like the sound and vibrating in their head. Must change the head every 6 months. 

2) Two minute timer phone app:

Pro: Free. It can be engaging to watch Elmo dance.

con: not water resistant, usually needs a parent's phone, need parent to download, may have privacy issues, phone can be distraction.

3) Sand timer/egg timer: 

Pro: it's free.

Con: It tips easily, doesn't usually keep the child's attention the whole 2 minutes and is does not divide the mouth up into parts.

4) Two Minute Turtle:

Pro: It's is a visual timer--good for visual learners. It divides the mouth into 4 even parts. It keeps the attention but does not distract the brusher. It is the child's to use without the assistance of a parent (to download).  It has some whimsy, a little disco, on the victory lap.   It feels like a toy but  does the job of a tool.  It lasts 3 years if pressed 2x/day.

Con: You need to find it (online) and most dentists will not give it away.  It does not have sound.

Good news is you can test them out to see which of these your child responds best to.  I'm interested in what you find!  Good luck teaching your children to brush 2min2x/day. 

This Great White Shark Teeth--no Brushing needed!    

This Great White Shark Teeth--no Brushing needed!