Student Clinician Creates App to Make Brushing Fun!
Former 1999 UK DENTSPLY Student Clinician, Ben
Underwood, has developed a unique free app called Brush DJ to make
brushing less boring. The innovative app plays two minutes of a
song taken at random from the music library stored on the user's
device. This encourages people to brush for an effective length of
time while rediscovering their music collection. This
gives an overview of the free Brush DJ app.
A recent survey by the British Dental Health
Foundation reported nearly 59% of women and 35% of men regularly
skip brushing their teeth at bedtime. The UK government's latest
dental health survey found only 21% of people use dental floss and
only 26% use an electric toothbrush. Dental floss use has fallen
between 1998 and 2009 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and a
study in the US reported that the average time spent brushing is
considerably shorter than the recommended 2 minutes, with the
average being about 45 seconds.
Brush DJ also allows users to set reminders to
brush, floss, use a mouth rinse and when they next need to visit
their dentist or hygienist. Evidence-based age specific information
is given as per the UK Department of Health's toolkit 'Delivering
Better Oral Health'.
Underwood says he was inspired to come up with this
idea after watching the BBC's Apprentice where candidates were
asked to design an app. He felt this would be an ideal tool to help
make people aware of the latest advice to keep their mouths healthy
and encourage them to brush for the right length of time to be
effective, to help reduce the risk of gum disease, decay and bad
Brush DJ is available for both Apple and Android
devices and has already been downloaded in 76 countries around the
Underwood welcomes feedback on how Brush DJ can be
improved and can be contacted via the website