From calls and emails to online shopping to scheduling your pet’s next vet appointment, you can manage nearly every aspect of your life from your smartphone. Did you know that you can even use apps to support better dental hygiene?
Dental hygiene apps are great for kids, teenagers and adults alike! You can use a dental hygiene app to manage your dental visit schedule, set reminders to brush and floss, and even track how white your teeth are over time.
There are plenty of oral hygiene apps that are designed to make establishing good brushing habits into a fun, interactive, and educational experience. See below for our top five picks, and discover the best dental hygiene app for you to try this year!
1. Brush DJ
Brush DJ is a great app to encourage kids and teenagers to have fun with their daily brushing and flossing routines. The app connects to the music library on your phone and plays two minutes of your favorite song: brush while the song plays, and stop once the two minutes is over. Easy!
The app does much more than help time your tooth brushing. Users can also access short animated videos on how to floss and brush. Plus, you’ll get reminders on when to swap out your toothbrush (every three months), when to floss and brush, and even when to schedule your next dental visit. Brush DJ is free on Google Play and the iTunes store.
Brushout features an interactive, two-minute brush timer to ensure that teeth are thoroughly brushed. Not only does Brushout help you time your tooth brushing, but it also helps guide you to brushing each section of your mouth to ensure that you aren’t missing those pesky back teeth.
The app has a calendar to keep track of week-to-week progress and awards users with achievement badges to encourage consistent brushing habits. You can even sign up for daily brushing reminders to ensure that you don’t fall off track! Brushout is only available on iTunes.
3. Chomper Chums
Although their target audience is for children ages 3 to 11, even adults can have fun with the animated characters in Chomper Chums! Choose a lion, alligator, or a horse and start learning how to brush, floss, and rinse properly in a fun and interactive way.
The app divides the mouth into four quadrants, encouraging children to “chase sugar bugs” around each quadrant for 30 seconds each. When they brush correctly twice per day (and for a full two minutes in each brushing), users are awarded coins that can be used to care for their chosen animal.
Those choices make a difference – each character’s health depends on regular brushing and the types of foods they are fed, encouraging children (and adults) to understand the impact of healthy habits. Chomper Chums is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.
4. Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B
Do you use Crest or Oral-B products at home? Want to brush alongside your favorite Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters? Now you can, with the Disney Magic Timer app by Oral-B!
Select a character to guide you through each two-minute brushing session and earn stars for brushing twice each day. Users get a Report Card to show how many times they’ve brushed, and get extra points for brushing for consecutive days. The app even has AR mode, where you can drive your virtual character around the house!
Make sure to supervise kids while using the app – while Disney Magic Timer is a free app, there are plenty of in-app purchases to unlock characters. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
Apps are a great way to keep your at-home oral hygiene on track – but they won’t replace a visit to the dentist! Call Aurora Dental Group today to schedule your next cleaning or exam.