According to a 2015 study from the Pew Research Center, 64% of U.S. adults own a smartphone, which is up from 35% in 2011. With that being said, it’s safe to say that many smartphone users are dependent on their phone for day-to-day activities. From mobile banking to traffic alerts, a smartphone and all of its capabilities can make our lives much easier.
With all of the various apps available for smartphones, you can find an application for virtually any aspect of your life, including oral health. There are several oral health applications that our patients can utilize to benefit the health of their smile and gums. Of course, we’d like to note that patients shouldn’t substitute these applications for visiting a dental professional. We offer a range of services here at Dentistry of Nashville that will benefit your specific case, which is far more effective and safe for any dental issues that may be troubling you. Now that we’ve addressed that point, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, & Fleming share some of the best dental apps out there for our patients here in Nashville, TN.
Good Oral Health: There’s an App for That?
Incorporating a dental app into your daily routine can benefit you in a number of ways. There are plenty of dental apps that can best address your specific needs or preferences. Here’s a quick look at some of the most best dental apps that our patients have found helpful for the health of their smile:
Brush DJ: Do you struggle to brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes? It’s important to use the entire duration to effectively remove plaque and food particles that accumulate on your teeth. Brush DJ is an app that will select a song from your music to play for two minutes. This not only entertains you while you brush your teeth, but it also ensures that you brush for the entire two minutes.
My Smile: If you’ve been thinking about whitening your teeth, this is the perfect app for you. My Smile allows you to snap a picture of your smile and to compare your tooth’s chade on a 15 shade palette. It also allows you to track the shade of your teeth over time. If stains on your teeth are a concern for you, we’d recommend checking out this app.
Dental Expert: This is an excellent application for patients that want to get an in-depth understanding about different dental procedures. Dental Expert covers a range of dental topics and even gives helpful tips on how to best care for your smile. You can find plenty of informative topics on this app, including how to prevent bad breath and what to do in the case of a dental emergency.
Productive: This app can be used in a number of ways, but we find that it can be especially helpful for patients that have a hard time remembering to floss. Productive is an app that can be used to implement new positive routines whether that include going to the gym, drinking enough water or taking your daily vitamins. If you struggle to floss daily, simply schedule the habit and you’ll get reminders on your phone.
Monster Mouth DDS: This engaging app is great for children. Monster Mouth DDS allows for the user to solve different dental problems. It’s great for kids of all ages and is an exciting way for children to learn more about oral health.
Colgate Tooth Fairy: This app can be great for the entire family to use. It builds brushing routines for families using fun teeth timers. Colgate Tooth Fairy also has plenty of other fun games like “Funky Smiles” and “Teeth Battle” for users to play dental-related games.
Tooth Fairy Beacon: Tooth Fairy is another app great for parents and their children. When a child loses their tooth, you’ll place is on the beacon and it will send a message to the tooth fairy. Parents can even arrange different messages for their child.
Contact our Office in Nashville
Although these apps are great additional tools to utilize, they don’t replace good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office. For the best oral care possible, you need to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning. If you’re in the Nashville area, we’d love to help you keep your pearly whites in the best condition possible. We offer general dentistry services, restorative services, and more. Contact our office today to find out how we can help your smile!