In a world where everything from email to social media is at our fingertips, it’s not surprising that we spend a lot of time on our phones. Did you know that you can also use your phone to help manage your oral health?
Dental hygiene apps help adults and kids alike stay on track with their at-home dental routines. Whether you want to get better at flossing regularly, keep track of dentist appointments, or help your child learn how to brush properly, there’s an app for that. In the sections below, we’ve rounded up our top picks to help you find the right app for your needs.
When was the last time you brushed your teeth for a full two minutes? If you’re like most people, you probably stop after 30 seconds. Brushing for two minutes is the best way to remove plaque and bacteria, but most of us aren’t even making it halfway. Thankfully, Brush DJ makes brushing a fun, interactive experience! This app uses the music stored on your phone to play your favorite song while you brush. Once the song has played for two minutes, the music ends, and you can put your toothbrush away.
Some other fun features include animated “how-to” videos and three-month reminders to change your toothbrush. You can also have the app send reminders for scheduling your next dental visit, too.
Brushout is a straightforward, easy-to-use app that helps users establish better brushing and flossing habits. Just like Brush DJ, Brushout comes with a two-minute timer. You can even use a detailed guide to help you get the front, back, and top of every tooth as you brush.
Additional features include calendar tracking for daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, achievement badges for good oral hygiene habits, and the ability to set daily reminders to brush and floss.
It can be difficult to get your kids to take care of their teeth, especially at a young age. Chomper Chums turns brushing into a fun, interactive game by assigning users an animated horse, lion, or alligator. Once you’ve chosen your character, you’ll practice using good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing in real-time.
The app awards users with coins that can be redeemed to feed and take care of their character. (Even better, they’ll get to watch as their character gets healthier with smart food choices!) Chomper Chums also includes daily oral hygiene tips, award badges, and the ability to create multiple profiles under the same account.
Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B
Disney characters are timeless, making the Disney Magic Timer a fan favorite among adults and kids alike. This app lets you brush your teeth while watching your favorite characters do the same. Over time, you’ll get weekly and monthly report cards, extra points for consecutive brushing sessions, and even an AR mode to “drive” your character around the house.
Having good dental hygiene at home can save you from spending tons of time in the dentist’s chair. But while dental hygiene apps will make brushing and flossing much more fun, they can’t replace dental visits. Your annual checkups are still one of the most important ways to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. If you think you might be due for your next checkup, call Hinsdale Dental today!Return to Blog