Whether we’re sending emails to colleagues, joining a Zoom call, or scrolling through social media, screens are a part of our daily lives. But how often are you using screen time to manage your health? Dental hygiene apps can actually help stay on track with – and even improve – your oral health!
Dental hygiene apps are promising tools for encouraging better oral health. They can give reminders for brushing and flossing and even encourage on-time dental appointments. If you’re a parent, you can use dental hygiene apps as a fun, easy way to teach kids how to brush properly (and regularly). See below for our top picks of dental hygiene apps that can help you improve your oral health.
Dental experts recommend brushing for two minutes at a time – but making sure you are actually brushing for a full two minutes can be tedious. That’s where Brush DJ comes in: this free app pulls your favorite music from your phone or streaming service and plays your song of choice as you brush. Once the song stops, your two minutes is up and you can stop brushing.
There are some other great benefits to downloading the Brush DJ app, such as:
- Short animated “how-to” videos on brushing and flossing properly
- Reminders to switch your toothbrush every three months
- Reminders on scheduling your next dental visit
Not all app users need the bells and whistles of a musical playlist. For a straightforward, no-nonsense tracking app, you may want to consider downloading Brushout. This app sets a two-minute timer for each brushing session, and provides a section-by-section guide to ensure that the front, back, and top of each tooth is covered. You can also take advantage of additional features, such as:
- A monthly calendar to keep track of daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Achievement badges for consistent oral hygiene habits
- Daily reminders for brushing and flossing
Are you struggling to get your child into a regular oral hygiene routine? Give Chomper Chums a try! This app from United Concordia Dental lets you choose from three animated characters (a lion, alligator, or horse) to make daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing into a fun experience.
Brush and floss away “sugar bugs” from each quadrant of your mouth, and watch as your animated character does the same. Get coins for brushing consistently and use them to care for your animated character – but make sure to care for them properly, with healthy foods and drinks to ensure that their health stays in tip-top shape. Additional features include:
- Daily oral hygiene tips
- Awards for consistent brushing and smart food choices
- Ability to create multiple profiles (so parents can join in the fun, too)
Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B
Adults and kids of all ages love Disney – and with the Disney Magic Timer app by Oral-B, you can brush with your favorite characters from Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel! You’ll be guided through each brushing section by your chosen character, earning stars for each successful session. Get even more from the Disney Magic Timer with:
- Report cards to keep track of oral hygiene habits
- Extra points for consecutive brushing days
- AR mode for your virtual character
Dental hygiene apps can be a great way to turn brushing, flossing, and rinsing into a fun activity – but they can’t replace your annual checkups. Schedule your next dental visit today with Valley Dental Care of Plainfield to ensure that your oral health is on track!