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Nine-year-old wins toothbrush design competition
Updated: 2/15/2010 3:00:27 PM

Nine-year-old wins toothbrush design competition Ambria Schneringer, a fourth-grader from Ripon, California, has recently been announced as the winner of this year's "Be a Dental Inventor Contest," which is a toothbrush design competition sponsored by Dr Fresh, a manufacturer of fun dental health products.

As part of National Children's Dental Health Month, kids from around the country designed, drew and described innovative toothbrush concepts aimed at promoting regular brushing.

Ambria's winning design was the "white bright" – a toothbrush based on the competitive world of children's video games, according to Dental Office Magazine. Kids using the toothbrush can compete against each other for the best brushing score, which is electronically tallied at the base of the handle.

"You never hear parents nagging their kids to play video games, right?" asked Schneringer. "Well, my toothbrush is similar to a video game. It will light up with different colors and levels as you brush."

Ambria won a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland.

According to the American Dental Association, routine visits to the dentist can help prevent avoidable dental health problems, such as infection and tooth decay.

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