With the millions of apps on the market, it stands to reason there would be plenty of geared toward oral health and hygiene. Some may seem a little silly, but the intention behind them is to encourage both adults and children to take better care of their teeth and to make it fun.
Going to have a root canal? Read all about it on this app, which tells you everything you need to know about most common dental procedures, explained by various experts. Dental Expert is free and available for Android.
Rock out while you brush your teeth with this entertaining app. It plays your favorite music for two minutes while giving you visual reminders about proper brushing. You can even vote on your favorite tunes and see if they make the weekly top five play list. This free app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
This app is specifically targeted to young children whose parents struggle to get them to brush properly. With the help of a customizable character called Nurdle, kids learn good techniques and earn points each time they brush. Available free from Aquafresh, this app works for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
In this make-believe world, you are the dentist and your patients are monsters with gaping mouths and sharp teeth. Watch out, though, because you have to perform the procedure before the monster’s mouth closes. Fun for all ages, this app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Want to see what you would look like if your teeth were whitened? Now you can see the effects of teeth whitening with the Whitening Simulator app for your iPhone and iPad. It also works as a photo enhancer, as you can download the finished product for personal use.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
We all want our teeth to appear healthy and attractive, which means bright pearly white. Professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is a great way to whiten yellowed teeth, but there are steps that you can take to naturally, affordably, whiten your teeth or prevent them from becoming stained in the future.
Eat crunchy (healthy, not processed) foods as they will help to remove cavity and stain causing sugars or chemicals. Cucumbers, broccoli, celery and carrots are also natural tooth whiteners. Apples contain malic acid, which is actually one of the ingredients used in whitening products. If you are unable to brush your teeth after eating, make sure that you at least rinse your mouth with water to remove leftover food or residue.
Some fruits also have teeth whitening capabilities, such as raisins and strawberries (believe it or not). While strawberries do contain acid and sugars that can be harmful to teeth, they also contain natural whitening agents. Make a paste or simply rub strawberries on your teeth, just be sure to brush with toothpaste immediately following. Raisins induce saliva production, which helps to keep your teeth white by washing away plaque. Cheese, milk and yogurt also help to keep teeth white and cavity free because their calcium and phosphorous content promote the remineralization of tooth enamel.
It should go without saying that brushing and flossing play a large role in keeping your teeth healthy and white. Try brushing your teeth occasionally with baking soda and using equal parts of hydrogen peroxide with water as a mouthwash; both ingredients are used in whitening products. Above all, maintain a regular schedule of routine cleanings and exams with your local dental professional. It is much easier to prevent stains and decay, than to remove or correct them.
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