There are mobile apps for almost anything these days—from cake recipes to workout routines and sudoku puzzles. It’s therefore not surprising that a plethora of apps exist for helping us keep our dental care regimen on point.
From brushing timers to dental work simulations, here are the top 11 apps for helping you achieve proper oral hygiene in an easy and entertaining way.
Brush DJ plays a randomly selected song from your playlist for two minutes, ensuring that you brush your teeth for the right amount of time. You can also set reminders to floss, change your toothbrush, and more.
Want to get a jump on your dentist or orthodontist? Virtual Dentist is a dental simulation app for the iPhone/iPad that simulates dental procedures such as veneers, fillings, dental reshaping, drilling, braces, whitening, gum bleaching, gum reshaping, and more. Simply upload a photo of your teeth to simulate dental procedures on your own image.
Text2Floss takes the work out of remembering to brush and floss while helping you develop good oral hygiene habits. The app sends you a text message reminders and features innovative functions like a GPS-enabled Find A Clinic locator, among others.
Brushy is a 2 minute brushing timer that displays which area of the mouth should be brushed, ensuring all teeth are brushed evenly and thoroughly.
Want to converse with your dentist on their level? This dictionary—designed for patients, students and dental professionals—provides a list of dental terms explained in an easy, straightforward fashion.
The thought of visiting the dentist strikes fear the heart of all children (and some adults)—this app helps patients deal with dental fear by providing strategies to cope with their phobia and information about dental procedures.
QuickBrush is an app for helping you practice good dental hygiene techniques, featuring timers for different teeth/mouth locations, brushing tips and advice, flossing guides, and more.
Good oral hygiene habits start early—KidsDental is a fun app that uses animation to teach your children how to care for their teeth.
Designed for orthodontics patients, Braces Help provides information about oral health while wearing braces, photos/videos on how to care for them, and what to do in case of a problem.
DDS GP can offer you knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes, prior to your visit to the dentist. The iPad app was developed to assist dentists in explaining dental conditions and treatment plans to patients.
Brush Teeth playes music from your playlist while displaying instructions for brushing teeth. The app also features brushing reminders, dentist appointment reminders, toolbrush replacement notifications, and is also available on the Apple Watch.
Despite the levity of many of these apps, dental hygiene is an important daily ritual—and it’s certainly much easier to use an app than to read a book or brochure on the matter. Whether you wish to learn more about dental care or improve your oral hygiene, these 11 apps will make your next visit to the dentist a more informed and pleasant experience.