Dentist creates app to aid teeth brushing

Ben Underwood with the award he received for his idea

Ben Underwood with the award he received for his idea

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A MUSIC-LOVING dentist from York has created a smartphone app which plays two minutes of your favourite song to brush your teeth along to.

Brush DJ, created by Clifton Moor dentist Ben Underwood, has already picked up Best Dental Innovation at a prestigious industry award ceremony in London and is quickly turning into a global phenomenon after being downloaded in 150 countries.

Ben, 37, said: “When you are at university you are always told to get people to listen to music while they are brushing their teeth.

“Most pop songs are two to three minutes long and that’s roughly the length of time you need to be brushing your teeth for.”

Ben, who brushes his own teeth to Rock DJ by Robbie Williams, said: “I went to a company called AppWare in Wetherby with some rough designs and they helped develop it. It’s definitely a Yorkshire project.”

Since its launch at the beginning of last year Brush DJ has picked up five-star reviews on the Apple Store and Google, as well as scooping the dental award last month.

Ben said: “Winning the award has been a great honour and made all the work that has gone in to the development of Brush DJ worthwhile.

“This year is going to be very exciting with the launch of a new website, more videos showing how to carry out basic oral hygiene tasks and a version of the app for Blackberry and Windows smartphones.”

The main feature of the Brush DJ app is the timer which plays two minutes of music taken at random from the user’s device, to make the mundane task of brushing for the correct length of time more fun and therefore more likely to happen.

Reminders can be set to prompt twice a day brushing, when to change toothbrushes or visit the dentist and hygienist.

A recent survey by the British Dental Health Foundation reported how nearly 59 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men regularly skip brushing their teeth before going to bed.


Ben’s best chew-ns!

• The First Time Ever I Saw Your Brace - Roberta Plaque
• Brush It - Salt N’ Pepa
• Denture Forget About Me – Simple Minds
• Drilling In The Name Of - Rage Against The Machine
• Under My Gum - The Rolling Stones
• Back To Plaque - Amy Winehouse
• More Than A Filling - Boston
• Greased Whitening - John Travolta
• Ticket To Fluoride - The Beatles
• Bite Here, Bite Now - Fatboy Slim

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10:47am Wed 30 Jan 13

P3TER1 says...

When will it be available for Blackberry?
When will it be available for Blackberry? P3TER1
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12:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

timcore says...

Dentistry puns? I think you've bitten off more than you can chew there.
Dentistry puns? I think you've bitten off more than you can chew there. timcore
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2:25pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Ben3000 says...

P3TER1 wrote:
When will it be available for Blackberry?
Brush DJ should be available for Blackberry smartphones in the next couple of months - keep an eye out on the website www.brushdj.com or the Facebook page or Twitter @BrushDJ for updates :)
[quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: When will it be available for Blackberry?[/p][/quote]Brush DJ should be available for Blackberry smartphones in the next couple of months - keep an eye out on the website www.brushdj.com or the Facebook page or Twitter @BrushDJ for updates :) Ben3000
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10:44pm Wed 30 Jan 13

expubcrawler says...

It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing.
Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-)
It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing. Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-) expubcrawler
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10:01am Thu 31 Jan 13

Ben3000 says...

expubcrawler wrote:
It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing.
Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-)
Agree :) That is why the app prompts users to floss and/or use interdental brushes before toothbrushing to their music.
The website and YouTube Channel also has a video showing how to brush effectively and every 30 seconds the app makes the device vibrate to encourage users to move to another area of their mouth.
[quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing. Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-)[/p][/quote]Agree :) That is why the app prompts users to floss and/or use interdental brushes before toothbrushing to their music. The website and YouTube Channel also has a video showing how to brush effectively and every 30 seconds the app makes the device vibrate to encourage users to move to another area of their mouth. Ben3000
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3:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

expubcrawler says...

Ben3000 wrote:
expubcrawler wrote:
It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing.
Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-)
Agree :) That is why the app prompts users to floss and/or use interdental brushes before toothbrushing to their music.
The website and YouTube Channel also has a video showing how to brush effectively and every 30 seconds the app makes the device vibrate to encourage users to move to another area of their mouth.
Great, I hope I will be able to get the app on my IPhone eventually.
[quote][p][bold]Ben3000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: It's a good idea but it isn't just about the length of time you brush; it's also about the quality of said brushing. Oh and don't forget to floss too, :-)[/p][/quote]Agree :) That is why the app prompts users to floss and/or use interdental brushes before toothbrushing to their music. The website and YouTube Channel also has a video showing how to brush effectively and every 30 seconds the app makes the device vibrate to encourage users to move to another area of their mouth.[/p][/quote]Great, I hope I will be able to get the app on my IPhone eventually. expubcrawler
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