A.T. Still University (ATSU) has teamed with CellTrust Corporation, provider of the patented SecureSMS® Platform, to devise a series of text message programs designed to reach, educate, and remind current patients and the underserved of our communities about preventive and ongoing initiatives of health and wellness.
The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health has spearheaded the Text2Floss initiative to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and to introduce flossing as an important part of daily hygiene. The implications of these types of messaging services are as far reaching and diverse as the varying specializations in the field of health and medicine; from pediatrics to geriatrics and from mental health and wellness to nutrition.
Oral health promotions via texting have the potential to be a great tool to educate and improve the health of individuals in the global community in a cost effective way. Text messaging is an invaluable and effective tool for delivery of health information and education.
About the Text2Floss Program
Each year millions of Americans take their oral health for granted, but it is an essential part of our everyday lives. Good oral health improves our ability to smile, speak, taste, smell, chew, swallow, and express our feelings and emotions through facial expressions. Oral disease ranges from cavities, gum disease to oral cancer that causes pain, discomfort and disability for millions of Americans. (www.cdc.gov)
To help more Americans get information about caring for their teeth and mouth, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in collaboration with CellTrust Corporation launched the initiative the “Text2floss” program. The University oral health initiative via 2 way text messaging program in the US that provides accurate oral health message tips about caring for your mouth. Over 85% of Americans own a cell phone and 72% of cell users send or receive text messages.
How Text2floss works
Registration is easy and can be done online here or from your phone. Use your cell phone to text the word “text2floss” to the number 89633. You will be asked to enter your category:
1) 13 to 18
2) 18 to 65
3) Over 65
4) Mothers with children
Once you have registered you will start receiving text messages with tips on oral care and remember to enter “FLOSS” for yes or “NOFLOSS” for no. These messages are sent out for 7 days at 7:30pm MST, after the 7 days are up you will receive a message to receive a coupon to purchase an oral health product. If you want to stop receiving messages from text2floss, text STOP to 89633. To start receiving messages again you will have to enroll again by sending”text2floss” to 89633.
There is no extra cost associated with the text2floss program from Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) but, you will need to check with your wireless carrier for additional charges and details which may apply.