The International Federation of Dental Hygienists and the Text2Floss Program announced a new partnership recently.
Text2Floss is an initiative of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). It is intended to provide patients with a unique and innovative way to receive information about oral health and dental hygiene. IFDH is proud to support an initiative that will allow dental hygienists to stay connected to their patients and remind them of their oral health recommendations through texting technology for iPhones and iPads.
"IFDH is pleased to partner with Text2Floss as a way to promote the prevention of oral disease, said IFDH President JoAnn Guerenlian. "This program is an innovative and fun way for millions of individuals to use their cell phones to improve their oral health."
Text2Floss is a one-week interactive educational tool meant to help people develop positive oral hygiene habits through the use of mobile technology.
"The partnership with IFDH will allow the Text 2 Floss program to bring this innovative platform to more people worldwide so they can practice healthy oral habits," said Tony Hashemian, DDS, Text2Floss founder and director, assistant dean, Global Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH. "We are excited and grateful that we have IFDH as a partner."
Currently available as a standard text-message service (by sending "text2floss" to 878787), ATSU-ASDOH announced that Text2Floss offers a free mobile application available by download. This new mobile application offers a unique dental experience to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. The Text2Floss app is downloadable through the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/text2floss/id797806327?mt=8
The HIPAA compliant mobile application guides users through an easy-to-navigate dental experience. In addition to Text2Floss’ notable feature of reminding users to brush twice daily, as well as floss and rinse every day, other highlights include a dental hygiene timer, medical history recorder and a dental clinic locator. The application also specifies the correlation of heart and mental health to oral health as part of overall health and wellness.
Additionally, the Text2Floss mobile app allows data integration with any mobile phone that receives standard text messages.