Brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes, twice a day (if at all), can be challenging, particularly for kids. Fortunately, that’s where smartphones can help!
There are dental and health apps being created all the time to motivate and encourage people to take care of themselves in these two areas. In the world of dental, these apps can help us practice good dental habits.
Below are five of the best dental apps (all free) that can help children and parents alike with brushing their teeth for the right amount of time. They’ll time you, motivate you to brush and make this morning and evening ritual a little less mundane.
This app was designed to make brushing teeth fun for kids, and less of a headache for parents trying to motivate their kids to brush their teeth. With Time 2 Brush, your children can create their own customizable character, called a Nurdle, which they can dress up in shirts, hats, sunglasses, etc. And what’s great is the app can hold several different Nurdles at one time so your kids won’t have to fight over who gets to make a Nurdle.
After customizing the Nurdle, the Nurdle gets the kids ready to brush their teeth and tells them, while they are brushing, when they need to switch to another area of the mouth. As the time counts down from two minutes, a song plays to get the children dancing along as they brush. (Two minutes is the recommended time to brush your teeth so the Nurdle counts it down for them with the fun song). When your child is done brushing his/her teeth, they can then earn points just for brushing their teeth that can later be used to further customize their Nurdle.
Maybe it’s not just your kids that need the motivation to brush their teeth; maybe you have your own trouble brushing your teeth. For a more adult version of the Time 2 Brush app, check out Brush DJ. The Brush DJ takes a song from your phone or tablet at random and plays two minutes of the song—the dentist-recommended two minutes you should be using to brush your teeth. When the song starts, start brushing your teeth; when the song is over, you’ll know you have brushed the two allocated minutes. Additionally, you can set reminders in the app for when you need to see your dentist and when you need to change your toothbrush. It also gives you the information you need on how to keep your mouth healthy, specific to age.
3. Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening
This virtual teeth-whitening app lets you see what you would look like with whiter teeth. You simply take a picture and then white your teeth in the app. You can also use existing photos to test the teeth-whitening feature. After you know what you would look like with whiter teeth, you can see your different teeth-whitening options and learn more about Philips Zoom. You can then save the photos you took or share them through email, Facebook and Twitter.
4. Cleaning Your Teeth
This app is great for mastering the right technique when it comes to brushing your teeth, or for trying to teach your kids how to brush their teeth. The app displays a 3D image of a mouth and the proper techniques you should use to brush your teeth. You can follow along with the image as you brush your teeth to make sure you don’t miss a single critical spot.
5. Dental Expert
Dental Expert is a guide for patients to understand every aspect of dentistry. This app provides its users with the most frequently asked dental questions and their answers. The topics range across the board—from what you should know about gum disease to preventing bad breath to important information about your children’s dental care to dental emergencies. To see the full list of topics, visit the link above.
We’ve just given you a glimpse of the type of apps that are out there for your dental care needs. What has been your experience with dental apps? Share your stories below.
Natasha is 1Dental’s managing editor and copywriter, focusing content on dental and health news, advice and tips. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has since been a book editor and now copywriter and managing editor on dental and health. You can find her on Google+ and on all of 1Dental’s social networks. View all posts by Natasha Gayle→