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An App Twice a Day Keeps Decay at Bay

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least 2 minutes each time. Doing this boring task is when you will realise how long 2 minutes is! Now, there is an app for that.

“Research published in the British Dental Journal shows that Brush DJ, an app designed to encourage youngsters to adopt and maintain an effective oral health care routine using evidence-based techniques, is effective in its aims.

The app plays music for two minutes — the optimum time for brushing teeth — taken from a playlist or randomly from the user’s own device or cloud. As well as encouraging tooth brushing for two minutes, it also reminds users to spit out after brushing but not to rinse, sets reminders to brush twice a day, use a mouthwash at other non-brushing times of the day, sets alerts for dental appointments and reminders to change toothbrushes once every three months. Fundamentally, it makes brushing teeth fun for youngsters.

Professor Elizabeth Kay, Foundation Dean of the Peninsula Dental School from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, was a co-author on the study. She added: “Caries and other dental health conditions are ultimately preventable, and the great thing about an app such as Brush DJ is that we can show that it has a positive effect for children. Bearing in mind that almost 26,000 children a year are aged between five and nine are admitted to hospital for dental treatment in the UK, for conditions which are on the whole preventable through better understanding and adoption of good oral health routines, the potential for Brush DJ and apps like it to reduce that number is huge…”

Nothing beats proper and thorough brushing and flossing. There is no “best toothpaste” or “best mouthwash” – removing the sticky layer on teeth is most effective by friction!

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