An app twice a day keeps the dentist away!

UK dentist Ben Underwood has developed a unique free app called Brush DJ to make brushing less boring! The app plays 2 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 whilst rediscovering their music collection!

This short YouTube video gives an overview of the free Brush DJ app.

Brush DJ also allows users to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouthrinse and when next to visit their dentist or hygienist. Evidence-based age specific information is given as per the Department of Health’s toolkit 'Delivering Better Oral Health'.

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 government’s latest dental health survey found only 21% of people use dental floss and only 26% use an electric toothbrush. A  US study reported that the average time spent brushing is 45 seconds - considerably shorter than the recommended 2 minutes!

Ben says he had the idea for Brush DJ after watching an episode of the BBC’s Apprentice, where candidates were asked to design an app. He felt this would be an ideal tool to make people aware of the latest advice and encourage them to brush twice a day for the right length of time, to help reduce the risk of gum disease, decay and bad breath.

The app is available for Apple devices, please click here. Ben welcomes feedback on how Brush DJ can be improved and can be contacted via the website .