In our previous article we looked at the mind blowing idea of Tooth Regeneration and Future of Dental Implants and how cosmetic dental procedures might be changed forever. However, in a few short months, family dental care could undergo a serious reboot and here’s why. Consider a world where your toothbrush talks back to you through your smart technology (smartphone or tablet devices). Well, young start-ups like Kolibree and old guard behemoths like Oral B have created smart connected toothbrushes, intentionally designed to help individuals improve brushing habits and dental health.
Why do we need a Smart Toothbrush?
With a manual or electronic toothbrush, no one can know for sure if they have done an adequate job of keeping their teeth clean and oral hygiene in check. In principle, a smart toothbrush provides you with an accurate picture of your dental care habits such as how long you brush, how well you brush, and what areas of your mouth are needing more attention than others. All of the data collected by the toothbrush is shared through bluetooth technology to the app on your smartphone. Users can watch their progress in real-time as they brush, see when they have missed a spot and know for certain when they of done a good job cleaning their teeth. Below are just a few product features of Oral B’s PRO 7000 series:
- Six High-Performance Brushing Modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Whitening, Massage, Sensitive and Tongue Cleaning with 800 brush movements per second
- Sophisticated pressure-sensor technology alerts you if you’re brushing too hard and automatically decelerates the pulsation and oscillation speeds of the brush head.
- Wireless SmartGuide gives you real-time information about brushing modes, times and areas.
- Designed by the engineers at Braun, it removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual brush.
How does this change family dental care?
As a Vancouver Dentist with a family focused practice, smart toothbrushes may become a parent’s best friend. Getting children to adopt good brushing habits is an everyday battle, 1 – 2 minutes of brushing is an eternity for kids under 10. However, the mobile app offered by Kolibree offers fun games and incentives that keep kids engaged and motivated over time. Oral B’s app also offers entertainment for adults, with news, weather updates and oral health tips.
How much does a smart toothbrush cost?
With new technology comes a high price. If you prefer the Kolibree version (available in late October), consumers are expected to pay approx $199.00 USD, where the Oral B Pro 7000 lists at a $239.99. They can be a little hard to purchase in Canada until they’re available through a Canadian retailer, but online is always an option.
What do we like about the product?
The nice feature with both products is that the information is sharable with your family dentist. Patients have the control to share real-time brushing data with their clinic and dental hygienist can download the data and make periodic recommendations to improve your overall oral care. Hopefully this all leads to a healthier mouth and an improved bi-yearly check-up.