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July 26th, 2019

“Alexa, Are My Teeth Clean?” How Alexa Can Help You Improve Your Oral Health

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These days, Alexa can do so much: you can order items right from Amazon, control the lights in your home, order food quickly, stream the music you want to hear…the list goes on and on!

That’s made possible partly by “skills”—which just refers to voice-driven capabilities that enhance and personalize your Alexa device.

But what about oral health? Mostly meant for kids, here we take a look at just a few fun and helpful skills available today that can help you improve your oral health habits:

“Alexa, ask Toothbrush Timer to begin brushing”

Looking for a great way to make sure kids of any age get in 2 minutes of brushing? With this skill, kids are more likely to brush for the recommended 2 full minutes. It prompts you to switch to different parts of your mouth every 30 seconds and provides some encouragement along the way, too.

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“Alexa, ask the Tooth Fairy to floss my teeth” 

That’s right, now you can have the Tooth Fairy offer up words of encouragement and songs while your kids brush or floss, or even while they use mouthwash!

The Tooth Fairy will even share some facts about teeth and dental care while you floss, making it a fun routine for all.

“Alexa, start Chompers”

Have kids that are between the ages of 3 and 7? Make tooth time much easier with this morning and night tooth brushing show!

When it’s time for your family to brush teeth, say “Alexa, start Chompers.” Kids will hear jokes, riddles, stories, fun facts, silly songs and more, that’ll keep them giggling — and brushing — for the full two minutes that you want them to be brushing.

To help your family build good brushing habits, Chompers counts the times you brush and celebrates your streaks, too. Chompers will have kids reminding parents that it’s time to brush. Two thumbs up for that!

“Alexa, open dental facts”

This one, called the Dental Fact Skill, is for kids who want to be entertained. It includes short, brief facts about dental care. Ever wonder about what is going on in your mouth? This skill will include basic and odd facts your kids might want to know!

“Alexa start toothbrush adventure”

What kid—or person for that matter—doesn’t love the idea of an adventure? Say “Begin” when prompted, and Alexa will play a friendly song to guide you through brushing your teeth thoroughly. Kids might think it’s fun to then “pause” when you switch to flossing. Then you’re able to turn the song—and the adventure—back on!

“Alexa, launch Toothbrush Time” 

Toothbrush Time With Fun and Music is a skill that helps kids to enjoy brushing their teeth while listening to a fun tooth or toothbrush-related song. No more stressful battles and wrestling over getting your child to brush their teeth thanks to these melodies!

From Sesame Street to Dr. Bob to Tom’s of Maine, these songs are on-theme…and can help make oral health time a little more upbeat!

“Alexa, ask Mr. Bristles to read the Toothbrushing Poem”

Mr. Bristles—that is, a friendly walrus—can provide you with 10-second notices and instruction for how to switch things up while you brush. You can also ask Mr. Bristles to “read the Toothbrushing Poem” for an enthralling teeth brushing journey spanning the length of your toothbrushing. Who says brushing your teeth has to be boring?

“Alexa, ask Oral-B about teeth whitening”

With the Amazon Oral-B Skill, Alexa will guide you and your family through a thorough brushing routine. But there’s more! Oral-B skills can also answer your oral health questions through the library of helpful oral care tips. Topics include whitening (hence the skill described above) as well as other general oral health tips and insights!

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“Alexa, make me smile”

After all that brushing and flossing, your smile will be looking good! Here’s a way to use Alexa to help give you reasons to smile!

When you ask Alexa to make you smile, she’ll provide a happy or surprising fact to cheer you. A copy of the fact will be sent to the Alexa app as well, in case you want to see it later.

How to Search for Other Alexa Skills

Not finding the exact skill you’re looking for? You can search for skills in the Alexa app and from the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website. If you know the one you want to use, simply say: “Enable (skill name).”

To enable Alexa skills in the Alexa app, visit the menu, and then select Skills & Games. Find a skill you want to use, and then select it to open the skill detail page. Select Enable Skill, or ask Alexa to open the skill! Then you should be set to go.

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