There’s an app for everything, including monitoring your health and body. While fitness, hygiene, and general health apps exist and make life easier, very little research has been done to see if they truly help the user. Now, researchers have evaluated a dental app to assess whether it helps oral hygiene and the results are promising.

Published in the British Dental Journal, the study looked at Brush DJ — a free app launched in 2011 that promoted oral health care. The app plays music from the user’s playlist for two minutes to help a user calculate how long they should be brushing, it reminds the user when to spit and when not to rinse, alerts the user that they need to brush twice a day, and even sets up a system to remind the user to make a dental appointment.

To conduct a study into the app’s efficiency, a team of experts joined forces to see how the app impacted those who used it regularly. The findings were clear: 70 percent or respondents felt they had cleaner teeth, 88 percent said they felt encouraged to brush their teeth longer, and 90 percent said they would recommend the app.

"Brush DJ showed positive effect across four main themes - motivation, education, compliance and perceived benefits,” said Ben Underwood, dentist, app developer, NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow and Honorary University Fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. “The results of our study indicate that apps such as Brush DJ are beneficial to users and open the way for further research to extend their use and effectiveness still further."