The free, award-winning Brush DJ app makes brushing your teeth fun! Watch the video to see all its features : )
Vote below for your favourite song to brush your teeth to and see if it makes in into the weekly Brush DJ top 5!watch our video
Making Your Mind UpBuzz Fizz
Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears
Sweet But PsychoAva Max
You Can’t Always Get What You WantThe Rolling Stones
What is Brush DJ?
Brush DJ is an award-winning, 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, hygienist, therapist or orthodontist. 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‘.
Looking after your baby’s teeth
This webpage by NHS Choices has a useful information and a video about looking after your baby’s teeth
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 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 was the first oral health app to be approved by the NHS and has been downloaded in 199 countries.
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 :)
- Free Music Archive
“It’s not just free music; it’s good music”
Making Your Mind UpBuzz Fizz
Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears
Sweet But PsychoAva Max
You Can’t Always Get What You WantThe Rolling Stones
Brush DJ Mentions
- BDJ Open
Orthodontic patients’ oral hygiene compliance by utilizing a smartphone application (Brush DJ): a randomized clinical trial
“Our study indicated that PI and GI decreased in the intervention group who used the Brush DJ app in comparison with the control group. In addition, the app usage frequency was positively correlated with the brushing duration and frequency.
We believe that smartphone apps, as motivators and reminders, can improve orthodontic patients’ oral hygiene compliance, especially in adolescents.”
- JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Mobile Apps for Dental Caries Prevention: Systematic Search and Quality Evaluation
‘The Brush DJ app was the highest rated app with an overall MARS score of 4.4. This app also scored above the threshold for all subscales.’
- The Telegraph
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.”
- 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”
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.)”
- Health Innovation Manchester Momentum Fund
Brush DJ wins Health Innovation Manchester Award 2019
The Momentum Fund project will link the Brush DJ team with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC) and the University of Manchester to develop and evaluate a digital package to support adoption of Brush DJ in high risk communities.
- SBRI Award
Brush DJ Ltd wins Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition
Dentist Ben Underwood, creator of the Brush DJ app has been announced as a winner of a national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition to improve children’s oral health. The competition was launched by NHS England in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and aims to identify and support innovative new products and services which have the potential to improve patient outcomes. It is the first competition of this type to focus on oral health.
Despite tooth decay being preventable, the NHS spends £50.5 million extracting decayed teeth from children under general anaesthesia every year1, with a total annual dentistry spend of £3.4 billion. This figure does not include the loss of productivity for parents/carers attending appointments during working hours. The direct and indirect global economic impact of oral conditions in children and adults has been estimated to be over US$442 billion2.
The SBRI award, which in phase 1 includes funding of up to £100k, will be used to explore the scientific, technical feasibility and commercial viability of adding enhanced features to the existing Brush DJ app. All potential features will be co-designed with children at highest risk of tooth decay and their carers and developed in collaboration with key stakeholders. The team will then apply for phase 2 of the competition, and if successful will secure funding of up to £1 million.
Ben Underwood, CEO of Brush DJ Ltd said, “It is amazing to have not only this financial support and recognition, but, critically, access to the expertise of SBRI and its partners. Having been part of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, I understand that in order to scale an innovation and gain widespread adoption, we will need champions from within all areas of healthcare. This award will allow us to take Brush DJ to the next level by recruiting a team of experts so that we can reach and help more children at risk of tooth decay.”
Karen Livingstone, National Director at SBRI Healthcare commented “The most common oral disease affecting young children in England is tooth decay, which has become a serious cause for concern for the NHS. We are excited to be supporting Brush DJ, an innovative toothbrush timer and dental care app, which helps to make brushing teeth a fun activity for children to build their offer and support improved oral hygiene. We look forward to helping to develop the technology further and to bring real benefits to young people’s oral health.”
1. Health matters: Child Dental Health, 14 June 2017. https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/14/health-matters-child-dental-health/ (Accessed 12/08/18).
2. Global, Regional, and National Prevalence, Incidence, and Disability-Adjusted Life Years for Oral Conditions for 195 Countries, 1990–2015: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors N Kassebaum et al. Journal of Dental Research, 96 (4) 01 February 2017.
3. Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention. Public Health England, March 2017. Gateway reference: 2016224.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/605266/Delivering_better_oral_health.pdf (Accessed 12/08/18).
Notes to Editors:
- SBRI competitions are on behalf of NHS England by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network through its delivery agent Health Enterprise East. Further information can be found at: sbrihealthcare.co.uk
- Background on Ben and Brush DJ:
Ben is an NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) alumni. He invested his own money to develop the app for benefit of his patients, but realised that it could be scaled to reach thousands, if not millions of people. As an NIA fellow he received financial support to develop the latest version of the app. The funding for the NIA programme came from The Health Foundation, NHS England and the Academic Health Science Network. Follow this link to view a quick tour of Brush DJ: https://youtu.be/qoILstdnLHs
- Brush DJ is the only dental app in the NHS Digital Apps Library. It has been downloaded over a ⅓ of a million times in 197 countries. The main feature of the app is a timer which plays two minutes of music from the user’s device or streaming service, making the mundane task of brushing for an effective length of time more enjoyable, and therefore more likely to happen. The app also contains the evidence-based oral health information published by PHE3.
- As part of this process, Ben will recruit a team of expert advisors which will include:
Claire Stevens CBE
Claire is an NHS Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and has served on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) for the last 8 years, most recently as President in 2017/18. She also established, and now Chairs, the Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Dentistry in Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and was on the steering group which produced NHS England’s Commissioning Standard for Paediatric Dentistry. Claire was appointed CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to children and will be one of the Brush DJ Ltd core team.
Deputy Director, mHabitat
Alicia brings significant expertise across a range of fields including clinical safety, programme design and delivery, complex care needs/carers and service improvement methodologies; user engagement is her passion and she has a proven track record of success, most recently awarded the CAHPO Digital Innovator Award in 2017.
Liz founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application in 2015, determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient and organisational outcomes. Liz is an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow.
Dr Simon Bourne
CEO My mHealth
Simon has been CEO of my mhealth since 2012, and now works full time in this role. He is also one of the inaugural NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows. my mhealth are now the leading UK supplier of long-term condition digital products to over 100 CCGs, for patients with COPD, Asthma, Diabetes and Heart Disease. This year my mhealth launch their first telehealth product that interfaces with their self-management solutions. My mhealth launch into 2 international markets this year (New Zealand and the US).
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- British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
Outstanding Innovation Award.
http://bspd.co.uk/Portals/0/OIA%202018%20release%20final.pdf The judges were unanimous in their decision as well as united in their
praise for the high standard of entries in 2018
- 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.