Bluetooth technology for the smart toothbrush
SUMMARY: New "smart" toothbrushes incorporate Bluetooth technology that tracks brushing habits and can send the results to your dentist.
Posted: May 6, 2014
In the digital age, there is a device for just about everything - from trackers in your shoe to gauge how far you run, a mobile app to turn off your home lights remotely and picture-in-a-picture video chatting. To join the ranks of everything else connected to the Internet, a new "smart" toothbrush will send real-time data about your brushing habits directly to your smartphone. For individuals who falter in scrubbing for the recommended two minutes or are prone to oral health problems, the new connected brush may prove a useful tool.
Using Bluetooth technology, the device incorporates sensors to analyze your dental hygiene performance and displays the results on a mobile phone. The data indicates whether you've brushed long enough and hit the hard-to-reach places of the mouth. It tracks every stroke, charts progress and gives instant guidance. Users can even program the app so that it communicates with the brush for personalized brushing.
While there are a couple of models scheduled to hit the market soon, the technology has not yet been released. Both brushes are available for iOS and Android. Pre-tests of the app have indicated that when connected, brushing time jumps from less than 60 seconds to more than two minutes, which is what dentists recommend per session.
Dentists agree that the buildup of plaque and tartar can erode dental enamel and cause bad breath, gum disease and even tooth loss. This new-age technology allows users to stay one step ahead of oral disease and gain control not only of your mouth's health, but your overall well-being.
Patients team up with dentists
Furthermore, the results can be relayed to your dentist. Instead of waiting until the biannual dental checkup, you can share your reports with your dentist through the application. After the recent Gallup poll revealed that one in three Americans haven't visited the dentist in the last year, bridging the gap between your bathroom and the dental office may help ward off oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease and dry mouth.
"It provides the highest degree of user interaction to track your oral care habits to help improve your oral health, and we believe it will have significant impact on the future of personal oral care, providing data-based solutions for oral health, and making the relationship between dental professionals and patients a more collaborative one," Wayne Randall, vice-president of Global Oral Care at Procter & Gamble, said in a press release.
Dental professionals can program patients' brushing routines with the app to lend a hand in their brushing behaviors and concentrate on problem zones within the mouth.
There's no doubt that brushing routines, on top of eating choices, beverage intake and flossing habits, play a big role of the results at your next dental appointment. So, patients and dentists alike are eager to see if the smart toothbrush can help drive cleaner teeth, brighter smiles and better dental results come the next visit.