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What is Brush DJ?
Brush DJ is an award-winning, NHS approved, free toothbrush timer app that plays 2 minutes of music taken from the user’s device to encourage brushing for an effective length of time. The app also allows users to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouthrinse and when next to see their dentist or hygienist. Evidence-based age specific information is given as per the Public Health England toolkit ‘Delivering Better Oral Health’.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Please follow this link to the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence for information on dental recalls.
Where does the information come from that is given in Brush DJ?
The app was built around the information given in the Public Health England Delivering Better Oral Health Toolkit.
Why 2 minutes?
This comes from the following research ‘The effect of brushing time and dentifrices on dental plaque removal in vivo‘.
Who developed Brush DJ?
But my electric toothbrush has a built-in timer so why would I use Brush DJ?
Electric toothbrushes are great but boring! They don’t remind you to clean between your teeth or not to rinse out after brushing. Also, they don’t remind you to see the dentist/hygienist on a regular basis or give evidence-based information.
All dental professionals have an ethical responsibility to prevent dental disease rather than just manage its consequences.
The Brush DJ app is not a panacea, but is a useful motivational tool for dental professionals to recommend to their patients.
A preliminary investigation to to assess user perception of the Brush DJ app has been published in the British Dental Journal ‘The use of a mobile app to motivate evidence-based oral hygiene behaviour’ British Dental Journal 219, E2 (2015)
Published online: 28 August 2015 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.660.
The study concluded ‘A mobile app is a promising tool to motivate an evidence-based oral hygiene routine.’ www.nature.com
A survey by the British Dental Health Foundation reported:
Nearly 59% of women and 35% of men regularly skip brushing their teeth before bed.
The most recent Adult Dental Health Survey reported:
Only 26% of respondents used an electric toothbrush.
Only 21% use dental floss, with the use of dental floss falling between 1998 and 2009 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A study investigating ‘the effect of brushing time and dentifrices on dental plaque removal in vivo’ reported:
Routine toothbrushing is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque accumulation and the consequent risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as periodontitis and caries.
Brushing time is the most easily controlled parameter of effective everyday brushing.
The average time spent brushing is considerably shorter than 2 minutes, and a value of about 45 seconds would seem a useful estimate.
Can I add a link to Brush DJ on my website?
We are more than happy for links to the Brush DJ website to be made
Do you have a poster I can put up in my waiting room?
Please follow one of the links below depending on the size of the poster you would like to print.
Please email your patients a link to the Brush DJ website or the YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUxuzEvINg.
If you would be interested in sponsoring Brush DJ please contact us!
It would be great if you would be kind enough to write something about Brush DJ. Please either contact us to request an interview or use the information below and on the rest of this website.
An app twice a day keeps the dentist away!
Dentist Ben Underwood has developed a unique free toothbrush timer app called Brush DJ to make brushing less boring! The app plays 2 minutes of a song taken 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 is the first oral health app to be approved by the NHS and has been downloaded in 182 counties.
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.
A recent survey by the British Dental Health Foundation reported nearly 59% of women and 35% 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 46 seconds- considerably shorter than the recommended 2 minutes.
Ben says he had the idea for Brush DJ after watching an episode of the BBCs 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.
You can download a Brush DJ poster by clicking one of the following links depending on the size of the poster you would like.
The Brush DJ video can be found on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUxuzEvINg feel free to embed or place a link.
British Dental Health Foundation Survey 2011 http://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/483
Preventive behaviour and risks to oral health – a report from the Adult Dental Health Survey 2009. Published 24 March 2011. The Health and Social Care Information Centre. http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/theme5_preventivebehaviourandriskstooralhealth.pdf
Smartphones, apps and young people – Learning 2.0 update. Public Library Services blog 2011. http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/pls/index.cfm/2011/8/29/smartphones-and-young-people–learning-20-update
The effect of brushing time and dentifrices on dental plaque removal in vivo. Published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene Summer 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19723429
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How to Videos
Please watch these short videos showing how to carry out basic oral hygiene tasks whilst rediscovering your music collection :)
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Brush DJ Mentions
British Dental Journal
The use of a mobile app to motivate evidence-based oral hygiene behaviour. British Dental Journal August 2015
“Conclusion: A mobile app is a promising tool to motivate an evidence-based oral hygiene routine”
Department of Health
Chief Dental Officer Update (Page 6)
“Dentist Develops patient-friendly app”
The whole tooth: How to keep their pearly whites pearly and white
“The older children like Brush DJ, a free app that will play you two minutes of music from your iTunes library, and buzz every 30 seconds to remind you to switch sides. Ecstatic applause awaits you when your brushing time is up.”
If Your teeth Get Fuzzy After Lunch
“Use “detergent” or add “water” if you don’t brush after every meal, says Linda Niessen, DMD, clinical professor at Baylor College of Dentistry-Texas A&M University. “Detergents” are fibrous foods such as celery, apples and carrots, which scrub away debris as you chew, she says. “Water” is saliva, which neutralizes acids and washes away food particles—and you make more of it when chewing sugar-free gum. But don’t postpone brushing and flossing for too long. “Plaque must be thoroughly removed every 24 hours,” says Niessen. (To put in the requisite two minutes, she recommends the timer app Brush DJ.)”
NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is a fellowship programme which is being delivered collaboratively by NHS England, UCLPartners, The Health Foundation and with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).
The aim of the NIA is to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Category Winner 2O15 The Design Museum, London.
A category of health tech that helps individuals look after themselves.
Dental Hygiene & Therapy Awards
Best Dental Innovation