Is a web-enabled toothbrush a thing of the future?
SUMMARY: Many people love their smartphones for their ability to perform a wide variety of functions - apps can do everything from allow you to watch videos to repell mosquitos using high frequency sound waves.
Posted: March 13, 2014
Many people love their smartphones for their ability to perform a wide variety of functions - apps can give you the tools to do everything from watching videos to repelling mosquitos using high frequency sound waves. Now, the oral care industry is applying advanced cell phone technology to toothbrushes to help people more effectively fight gingivitis and maintain healthy mouths.
This web-enabled toothbrush is the new craze when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Industry giant Oral-B has developed a new electronic toothbrush that connects directly to your cellular device. The SmartSeries 7000, which can cost more than $200, looks and feels like any other electronic toothbrush, but it's able to connect to your phone via Bluetooth and automatically start a timer for fresh breath that tells you how long you should brush your teeth. That number can be altered if your dentist suggests you need more or less brushing time. For those who find brushing boring, the app also provides time-passing goodies such as news articles, videos and weather reports while giving hints to help you keep a clean mouth.
More importantly, the application helps to reduce gingivitis, gum disease and other oral issues by providing guidance and tips for brushing. If, for instance, you're pressing too hard on your teeth, the timer will alert you with a red blinking light. If your dentist gives specific instructions, such as gingiva?l brushing techniques for people with gum disease, the app can give you directions to follow those specifications. After you're finished, your personal oral care data is sent to the application and transformed into an easy-to-read graph (and it congratulates you for a job well done). It will also tell you when it's time for your regular checkup or, if you don't have a dentist, recommend oral health care professionals in your area.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the web-enabled toothbrush is certainly a big thing, but who actually introduced it to the market is up for debate. Oral-B's mother company, Procter & Gamble, has dubbed the SmartSeries 7000 the "World's First Connected Electric Toothbrush." But Kolibree, a French oral health care products company, claims that it came up with the idea first. The company says that it first introduced the "World's First Connected Electric Toothbrush" back in January, three months before Oral-B.