Do you need a refresher on how to brush your teeth properly? Well, now there is an application, or app, for your smart phone that can give you instructions on demand. Are you facing a new dental procedure and need more information? Guess what, there is an app for that, too.
The dentistry field is constantly coming out with new apps designed to help you take better care of your oral health. Here are five you might want to try:
ADA Dental Symptom Checker
Enter your symptoms into this app from the American Dental Association and it will tell you what condition you might have and offer possible remedies. Of course, for official diagnosis and treatment, you would want to see an actual dentist. The good news is, this free app can also recommend dentists in your area. Download the ADA Dental Symptom Checker at iTunes
Here’s where brushing your teeth gets really high tech. This app, which you download to your iPhone, iPad or Ipod Touch, is used in conjunction with a specially designed Beam Brush. It monitors your brushing behavior and lets you know where you could do better. There is also a way to send the information to your dentist, so it can be used for your next cleaning or exam. For more info, visit iTunes
Do you get nervous even weeks before your dentist appointment? If you are trying to cope with the trauma of dental phobia, get a little help from this app. Dental Phobia explains why you get anxiety and what you can do about it, based on tried and true advice from dental experts. Download this helpful app at iTunes
This app, developed by Dr. Ben Underwood of the U.K., continues to be a favorite among those who want to make brushing their teeth more fun. The app plays music from your own personal library for two minutes, the recommended brushing time. It also has daily brushing reminders and tutorials on proper brushing. You can find smart phone downloads at DentistryIQ.com
Want to see what you’d look like with a whiter smile, without spending a dime? The Phillips Zoom Whitening App is available for iPhone and Droid. Just upload a picture of yourself and the app will show you how much whiter and brighter your teeth could be be with professional teeth whitening. This popular app can be found at Phillips Zoom
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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
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