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7 Useful Dental Apps and Resources

7 Useful Dental Apps and Resources

We all know that we need to brush and floss our teeth daily, but do you know everything you need to know about dental care and hygiene? Believe it or not, there is a lot more to dental hygiene and oral care than most people realize. Luckily, there are several tools you can use to make sure that your teeth are getting the absolute best treatment. Here are our top seven picks for the best dental apps and resources.

1. Brush DJ

You are supposed to brush your teeth for a full two minutes, but that time can be difficult to judge. Many recommend that you listen to music, because a lot of songs are just around two minutes in length. Brush DJ has loads of great tunes that will get you into the two-minute habit. There are both songs to listen to, and videos to watch, and you will find a variety of awesome tunes (your favorite is most likely on the list). You can even vote for your favorite songs.

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    2. Orasphere

    This is a great dental patient education app that helps everyone learn more about proper dental care and oral hygiene. It is recommended that Orasphere videos be used by dentists for their patients, so they can learn about procedures. It also reduces the risk of liability issues. Those who do use these videos say that the software can greatly decrease the amount of time it takes to explain procedures to patients.

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      3. Oral-B App

      This app is the next best thing to a personal assistant when it comes to brushing your teeth and having amazing oral health. You will be brushing for a full two minutes, as recommended by dentists, and the app will work with the Oral-B Bluetooth-enabled electric toothbrushes. This may not seem like much, but you may be pleasantly surprised when you have great results at your next dental checkup, just because you used the Oral-B app.

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        4. NYC Dental Implants Center

        If you are interested in having dental implants, talk to the professionals at Dental Implants Center. These days, dental surgery for implants is done with little to no pain, and even patients who have serious dental fear issues are finding that modern dentistry is virtually painless. Many other dental conditions are also treated here, and the staff work to ensure that you end up with a beautiful and healthy smile. They can help you get any information on teeth and oral care.

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          5. American Dental Association (ADA)

          Everything you ever wanted to know about dentistry and your teeth, and then some, can be found on the American Dental Association (ADA) website. You will find loads of great articles that have the latest news about dentistry. Those interested in dental careers will find plenty of information to head them in the right direction, and there is even a section devoted to public dental programs, including Give Kids a Smile and Fluoride in Water.

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            6. DDS GP

            Here is more presentation software that explains all types of dental procedures. This is helpful for dentists to have, because, as with Orasphere, they can better explain procedures to their patients. It was actually chosen as the best web product of 2011 by Gordon Christensen’s CR.

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              7. Dentistry IQ

              This is a great resource for dental professionals. Find information for dentists, hygienists, assistants, office managers, and more at Dentistry IQ. You can also get information about new products, clinical practices, and much more. While this is a site that is mainly for professionals, it is also great for those who are interested in getting into the dental industry. You can learn about career opportunities, the most recent practices, and a whole lot more.

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                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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