Are you smarter than your smart toothbrush?
Posted on August 21, 2017 by Dr Sandy Dau in Alton News (clinic: Alton)
Maintain Your Pearly Whites with the latest “Smart Toothbrushes”
Remarkable new technologies such as virtual reality, 3D-printing and smart tooth brushes have the power to completely transform modern dentistry and shape our whole attitude towards oral health in the future.
Let’s face it no one looks forward to going to the dentist. One of the most common childhood nightmares is visiting the dentist.I mean it’s totally understandable. You have to sit in a huge chair and place your complete trust as a stranger has a poke around in your mouth using unfamiliar and scary looking devices.
And finally, when it’s over, that same someone tells you not to eat your favorite chocolate bars and brush your teeth regularly. And we know childhood memories stick with us.
No one likes to go to the dentist in spite of the fact that how crucial oral health is and how strongly it is connected to our overall wellbeing.
If new technology can help improve how we feel about going to the dentist. Is it possible that patients may even start to look forward to their next visit?
Let’s dive in to Smart Tooth Brushes and their application to maintaining the health of your teeth.
How do they work?
Smart toothbrushes use a variety of sensors to track in real time how you’re brushing your teeth. The way it works is simple: as you brush, a 3D map of your mouth shows you which teeth you’re brushing and tells you if you’re brushing too much or too little.
It’s almost like having a virtual tooth fairy watching you and giving you feedback in the comfort of your own home.
You have to download a Mobile app on your smartphone and this provides constant feedback on whether you’re moving the brush too much or pressing too hard on your teeth.
If you struggle getting the kids to brush their teeth every day, it could be a fun way to kick-start their dental hygiene. We know kids need a bit more fun when brushing their teeth and this new technology makes brushing your teeth a game enabling children to take control of their oral health.
What I like about these smart brushing apps is that they focus the user on properly cleaning his or her teeth and other areas of the mouth.
Remember the vast majority of electric toothbrushes aren’t “smart”, in that they don’t come with a dedicated app. You can, however, easily download an app and use it alongside a non-smart toothbrush.
Click here for a free resource on the best smart tooth brushes on the market.