New iPhone app motivates children to brush teeth

A newly launched iPhone application provides guidance and motivation to children for brushing their teeth.

Developed by German psychiatrist Einhardt Illing, the new toothbrushing 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 application is primarily aimed at parents and their children, but can also be used by kindergarten and preschool teachers and dental practitioners in their prevention programs.

Motivetrix is available from Apple's App Store for 2.49 euros ($3.50). It is available in German and English. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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