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.
Brush DJ was built around the information given in the Public Health England Delivering Better Oral Health Toolkit
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 🙂
Please email your patients a link to the Brush DJ website or the YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUxuzEvINg.