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Tunes for Teeth Keep Kids Brushing Longer -- Oct. 5, 2015

It seems like there's an "app" for just about everything these days.  There's even one to help youngsters brushing their teeth longer.  It's called Brush DJ. 

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.

Research published in the British Dental Journal shows Brush DJ really works:

  • 70 per cent of respondents reported their teeth felt cleaner since using the app
  • 88 per cent said that Brush DJ had motivated them to brush their teeth for longer
  •  Ninety per cent said they would recommend the app to their friends and family.

The research team concluded that not only had Brush DJ contributed to greater motivation for young people to care for their teeth more effectively, but it also has huge potential as a way to communicate important oral health messages and information.

Brush DJ is a free download for iPhone and Android users.

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