Are you ready for the rise of the smart toothbrush?

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: The Internet of Things has entered the world of oral health care toimprove brushing habits.

Posted: February 3, 2015

Smart technology seems to be everywhere these days. Whether you want to control electronics around your home using an app on your cell  phone or keep track of how many calories you burn at the gym, there appears to be a device for everything. What's more, all of those devices can interact, proving that the Internet of Things is no longer a talking point, but a present reality. Luckily, this technology is being used in innovative and beneficial ways, not only making our lives easier, but also healthier. One such example of this is undoubtedly the smart toothbrush, a modern device that helps children and adults alike better their brushing behaviors. 

The facts on brushing 
Despite the fact that dentists recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day - some dentists even suggest three minutes - most people only brush their teeth for about 45 seconds, according to Oral B. If you're not actually timing out this activity, it can be easy to make this mistake. While two minutes is only a small portion of the day, performing the act of brushing can make it seem like a long time. Moreover, the Mayo Clinic recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Again, it's easy to overlook this aspect of oral hygiene, as many people don't likely document how long they've been using their toothbrushes. 

To make good dental hygiene behaviors habitual, most people simply need more reminders, as well as a system of monitoring their brushing habits. Simply put, most of us fall into bad habits over time and may need more than the biannual dental visit to be reminded of how to improve our oral hygiene. The smart toothbrush is a major advancement that is making that idea a reality. Now, children and adults can correct poor brushing habits in real time and better collaborate with their oral health care providers.

The smart toothbrush 
Smart toothbrushes go well beyond having electric pulse settings. Whereas traditional electric toothbrushes simply vibrate, the smart versions of these devices can easily connect to smartphone apps and allow users to share information with their dentists. While these brushes come with a hefty price tag, they provide a wide range of functions. The smart toothbrush can inform a person of the length of their average brushing session, includes multiple settings depending on your hygiene goals and can even show you what part of your mouth you should be brushing. 

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