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I'm an associate working in general dental practice in York. I'm also an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow and developer of the free app, Brush DJ.  

After graduating, I decided to work as a GDP, as I like the variety of the work and the fact it gives me the chance to help patients from different age groups.

I most enjoy helping patients and especially children to reduce their risk of ever needing treatment for the damage caused by preventable dental disease.

I am passionate about oral health because I think it is soul destroying when you see a young child who has decayed teeth and know they are probably going to end up having a traumatic and expensive general anaesthetic.

It's a preventable disease and there is no mystery about the cause and how it can be prevented; we just need to get everyone aware of the evidence-based daily tasks they need to carry out and motivate them to do them effectively every day.

The idea for the Brush DJ app came from seeing the rise in the use of smartphones and tablets and not just among the wealthy. 


quotation-marks-open.pngDental public health sometimes lags behind when it comes to using innovative technology, so I'm keen to encourage others to come forward with new ideas that can help us fight the problem of tooth decay.quotation-marks-close.png


I felt an app could be the perfect way to raise awareness of the evidence-based information on how to carry out effective daily oral hygiene tasks and the fact they can play music, could be the hook that motivates people to actually carry these tasks out every day.

Ben Underwood, Dentist and innovator


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