These days, it seems like there’s an app for just about everything, from learning a language through to cooking tips and tricks. So, why should looking after your health be any different? There is any number of dental health and general health apps on the market, which can help you take better care of your pearly whites.
Dental Health Apps
Developed by a real-life dentist, Ben Underwood, the Brush DJ app is designed to make brushing your teeth fun. Basically, it works by playing two minutes of music (taken from your very own media library), to encourage you to brush your teeth for the recommended amount of time. You can also use the app to set daily reminders to brush your teeth, use mouth wash and floss. You can even use it to set reminders for your next dental appointment. It was the first dental health app to be approved by the National Health Service (NHS), and has been downloaded in more than 188 countries. It is free to download, and is available for both Apple and Android devices. For more information, visit: www.brushdj.com
This app was developed to help improve the knowledge of the general population on taking care of a dental trauma following an accident. Oftentimes, it is the first response to a knocked out tooth that can mean the difference between loosing it entirely and saving the tooth. This app provides information for parents, coaches, and teachers, giving them the best possible dental first aid tips available. Best of all, it is endorsed by the International Association of Dental Traumatology, so you know its contents has to be accurate. The Dental Trauma app is $4.49 on Apple, and $3.39 on Android.
If you’re scared of visiting the dentist, then this could very well be the app for you. This app provides a vast amount of information about all types of dental phobias, giving you the knowledge and the power to overcome your anxieties more effectively. All the information in the app has been compiled by an award-winning dentist and includes everything from coping strategies through to detailed overviews of sedation techniques. Keep in mind though, you are always welcome to phone our friendly dental surgery and talk to one of the dhealth team members should you have any queries about dental phobias. This app is $1.49 on Apple devices.
This app could be just what you’re looking for if your child has recently been fitted with braces. It includes a wealth of information, applicable for both people who are already wearing braces, and those preparing for their orthodontic treatment. Topics covered by the app include home care, a food centre (which details the types of foods to avoid while wearing braces), comfort tips, information on elastics and more. This app is free on Apple devices.
Colgate’s Dental Apps
Leading oral health products supplier, Colgate has a whole range of nifty dental health apps. There’s the Colgate Tooth Fairy app, which helps you and your family build dental care routines in a fun, interactive way. There’s the Colgate Brushing Adventure which makes fighting cavities fun by turning tooth brushing into an exciting adventure. And there’s the Colgate Dental Advisor, with a range of features, from tracking your dentist appointments through to timed brushing mechanisms.
General Health Apps
That Sugar App
This nifty little app helps user track the amount of sugar that they are consuming. These days, just about every type of pre-packaged food and drink has some type of sugar content, sometimes much higher than you’d expect. Not only is this excess sugar bad for your waistline, it can also wreck havoc on your dental health. This app helps you uncover the hidden sugar in foods, and then track your total daily intake. You can use the app to scan barcodes on food products, or can manually enter in sugar totals. That Sugar App is free on both Apple and Android devices.
Water is vital to our overall health and vitality. It transports nutrients and oxygen around our bodies, regulates our temperature and metabolism, relieves fatigue and even puts us in a good mood. As such, it is essential that keep our water levels at their optimum level. This app helps you do just that: it tracks the amount of water you are drinking each day, and then reminds you to drink more water at the best possible times. There are both free and paid versions of this app available for both Apple and Android devices.
Created by Bupa Australia, you can use the FoodSwitch app to see exactly what’s in the food you’re eating, see how nutrimental your food really is, and then make healthier food choices if required. FoodSwitch uses traffic-light nutritional labels on food, as well as the health star ratings. This app has a number of different filters, which you can apply, depending on the changes you are wanting to make to your diet, including: classic filter (for more generally healthier food choices), and filters for salt, gluten, fat, energy and sugar. FoodSwitch is free to download on both Apple and Android devices.
Better Health Channel
Since 1999, the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel (www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au) has provided comprehensive health and medical information to all Australians. Their multi award winning app includes a range of articles about conditions and treatment plans, tips and tricks on first aid procedures for injuries such as burns and bites, healthy recipes, contact details for a range of health care providers, and health alerts and notifications. The app is free on both Apple and Android devices.
While all these apps can help you improve your overall health and wellbeing, as well as your dental care, it is important to keep in mind that an app can never replace the advice of a highly trained dental professional. If you have any queries, feel free to contact the friendly dhealth Dentistry team at any time.