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No. 1 song could help children brush their teeth effectively

By Dental Tribune International
February 13, 2013

BRIGHTON, UK: A musician and a dental professional from England have developed a musical formula that encourages children to brush their teeth effectively. The brushing technique was choreographed to globally successful song “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop star PSY.

As reported by the website, Jim Williams, a tutor from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, and a dental professional devised a musical formula for brushing teeth. Williams worked out the pattern of beats needed for a perfect clean and found that songs that have eight bars of music followed by another two sets of four bars can encourage brushing. According to the musician, a double chorus and middle bridging section must also be included.

Williams reviewed a number of songs that best match the formula and came up with a list of favourites. He found that “Gangnam Style” by Asian artist PSY fits the equation best in terms of the correct number of brush strokes needed for a complete clean, followed by “Diamonds” by Rihanna, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye and “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs.

The idea of using a song’s beat to determine the correct rhythm for an activity is not new. The beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees has in the past been recommended for counting chest compressions when giving first aid.

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