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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).


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Invent Boston designs the Two Minute Turtle Timer.  The Two Minute Turtle Timer, helps make toothbrushing more fun. Focused brushing on the flipper corresponding to the corner of the mouth. It’s a quadrant toothbrush timer and the Two Minute Turtle Timer makes other two minute tasks more fun, like holding poses, transitions, showers, toilet training, and speaking in meetings. Kids with autism appreciate the visual cues.

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Lesson #2: The Truth Behind Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Virginia Berman

When do you begin to brush a child’s teeth? How do you brush a child’s teeth? As soon as the teeth emerge, they can decay. Begin then to wipe the teeth with a cloth or finger tip brush. Start getting children comfortable with having their teeth wiped, cleaned every day.

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The Truth Behind Our Kids' Oral Health

Virginia Berman

I had so many questions as a new mother—from how to keep the baby comfortable while feeding and putting it to sleep. Last on my mind was the baby’s oral health, since she didn’t have any teeth! For her first solid foods we gave our toddler vegetables and not sweets. So when we brought our 4 year old to to her first dentist appointment, we may have waited too long. The dentist told us she had 7 cavities!

What did we miss with her oral health already by the age of 4?

What are the most important things for early oral health? I’ve since spent time with professionals in the oral care community. Here’s what matters most for kids:

1) Brush teeth twice a day with flouride toothpaste as soon as they are able to spit it out.

2) Get sealants. Maybe you already know about them. If so, good! Sealants are so effective at cavity prevention that most insurances cover them completely. 50% of kids get medical insurance from CHIP and medicare. But only 30% of of these kids who do go to the dentist get sealants. Why aren’t dentists automatically giving sealants when they are such a help preventing cavities? There is no down side to them.

3. If your child does not drink floridated water, then a regular flouride treatment at the dentist once a year.

Next, I’ll be publishing 10 lessons on Caring for Kids Oral Health so you can learn from our mistakes. Here’s to healthy teeth, beautiful smiles, relieved parents!


Two Minute Turtle Timer is Made For a Manual Toothbrush

Virginia Berman

With more data showing young kids do better without the phone. With more people using fit bits and tracking their daily healthy habits and with parents working so much we need simple solutions to teaching kids to brush their teeth well, the Two Minute Turtle Timer, made by busy working parents of a 4 year old with 7 cavities, is finally here!

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