Calgary Herald - - YOU - Melissa Hank

Gotta brush ’em all! A new tooth­brush­ing app called Poké­mon Smile wants to get kids pumped about oral hy­giene.

Through aug­mented re­al­ity, wee ones can wear vir­tual hats that re­sem­ble Poké­mon char­ac­ters like Pikachu, Eevee, Bul­basaur, Char­man­der and Squir­tle. The goal, though, is to brush their teeth thor­oughly, which will res­cue other Poké­mon from cav­ity-caus­ing bac­te­ria.

A di­a­gram in the screen’s lower right cor­ner shows kids what sec­tion of their teeth to fo­cus on, and a timer will count down the job. Par­ents can set re­minders and user pro­files for each child, as well.

Game el­e­ments re­ward con­sis­tency: Kids can catch more than 100 Poké­mon, un­lock more vir­tual hats as they go and col­lect Brush­ing Awards.

Poké­mon Smile is avail­able free on IOS and An­droid.

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