Want to Improve Your Oral Health? Start with a Selfie
The world can’t get enough of their smart phones. Of the 6 billion people on the planet, 4.8 billion have a cell phone, while only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush . If you own both (and we hope you do), recent research tells us these 2 necessities can be mutually beneficial. But how?
In a 2016 study, researchers wanted to see if filming brush sessions via smartphone selfies would have any impact on technique. Over the span of a few weeks, participants recorded 5 toothbrushing selfies in the comfort of their own home.
Here’s what the researchers found:
• Participants seemed to have fun while filming themselves, thus making an otherwise mundane task more enjoyable.
• Because they could see themselves brushing, participants were more self-conscious about their toothbrushing “form.”
• Though their brushing duration didn’t change, researchers saw an overall increase in number of strokes and an 8% improvement in skill.
Though this study was the first of its kind, the authors predict selfie-style brushing may have the power teach an old dental routine, well, new tricks.
And what’s a selfie, without an app! Delta Dental of Arkansas introduces DentiClean - A fun, new way for kids to learn how to properly brush their teeth. Denticlean takes selfies of your child brushing their teeth and saves them in a photo gallery where parents can “see” your child actually brushing their teeth.
To learn more information about DentiClean or to download the app and get your selfie on, visit iTunes.