03 Mar 2016

PlaqueChecker: Helping keep your teeth healthy using your smartphone

By Guest

In the run up to Demo Day, we’re profiling each of the teams that have been through the BGV programme. Today we sat down with Gina and Hawaa to talk about PlaqueChecker – an app where you can track, monitor and diagnose the health of your teeth and gums.

What’s the problem you are trying to solve?

Gina: Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospitalisation of five to nine year olds in England. In adults, 66% of people have visible plaque on their teeth.

There really is not a lot being done at the moment in preventative care when it comes to dentistry. A lot of the really innovative technology that’s out there in the medical field simply isn’t being applied to dentistry, and we want to change that.

What’s your solution?

Gina: PlaqueChecker is a phone application that allows people to check and monitor the health of their teeth and gums – just by taking a picture. We’ve tested the application successfully on desktop but are currently working on moving the prototype to be used on your smartphone.

What’s your experience with the problem?

Hawaa: I had a personal connection with the problem as a family member was told they wouldn’t be able to have braces due to the standard of her teeth and gums. She only had two chances with the dentist and it got me thinking that there is nothing for someone to monitor how healthy your teeth and gums are between visits.

I have a biomedical engineering background and PlaqueChecker was borne out of my final year practical project. I knew that I didn’t want to do something that was just in the lab, I wanted to create something tangible that could improve people’s lives in a meaningful way.

How do you see this impacting the lives of millions of people?

Hawaa: We’re driven by the fact that we want to make a massive impact on people’s lives. If you look at the numbers that the NHS spends on dental care each year it’s staggering. PlaqueChecker can bring a whole new digital tool to improve preventative measures in dentistry, both here in the UK and abroad.

How can people get involved?

Gina: We would love people to get in touch with us to get involved as a case study or to have a chat with us! Email us and sign up to the website. 

Website: www.plaquechecker.com
Twitter: @PlaqueChecker
Facebook: PlaqueChecker
Email: info@plaquechecker.com