It seems that everywhere we turn, our world is getting smarter technology. We are in the age of smartphones, smart watches, and smart houses—and smart cars are either already everywhere or just on the horizon. Believe it or not, smart toothbrushes have entered the playing field of technology now too, and they might just save your teeth.
Why Do We Need Smart Toothbrushes?
Well, first of all, an electronic toothbrush has already been proven to remove more plaque than a standard manual toothbrush, and toothbrushes with timers have also increased how long people brush their teeth. However, think about how you brush your teeth every day, twice a day. How much time do you spend on your molars? The lingual (tongue-facing) side of your teeth? What about your canines and bicuspids (those teeth between the canines and molars)? Are you brushing all of them long enough?
Or do you tend to spend a bit of time brushing the cheek-side of your molars, some on your front teeth, and kind of gloss over all those teeth in between? Do you really brush the lingual sides of your teeth well enough? Do you apply enough pressure? Too much?
Can you even call to mind how you brush your teeth?
It becomes an automatic process for most people, but what if you had something that let you know where you should spend more time brushing? What if you had a personal brushing trainer that taught you how to fully optimize your plaque control and oral health? Well, with smart toothbrushes, you do.
How do Smart Toothbrushes Work? What Does a Smart Toothbrush Even Do?
Smart toothbrushes have sensors in the head of the toothbrush that send information on your brushing habits to an interactive app on your smartphone, typically via Bluetooth. The smart, or Bluetooth, toothbrush records brushing times, how long you brush different areas of the mouth, how much pressure you apply, what angle you hold the brush at, and more, and the app lets you know all of these data points. Plus the app usually has a number of other useful features as well, like timers, games, historical data, and more.
What is it about a Smart Toothbrush That Can Help Me Improve My Oral Health?
The benefits of electric toothbrushes and toothbrushes with timers are clear, which are both features of smart toothbrushes. However, many smart toothbrushes keep track of your brushing history and performance. This gives you a better sense of how you need to improve your brushing. For example, when your toothbrush says you apply too much pressure, barely brushed an area, or aren’t holding your toothbrush at the right angle, you can fix it.
Furthermore, the apps that pair with many of these toothbrushes also feature games, coaching, and rewards to appeal to kids and adults alike. These goals and rewards offer additional motivation to brush properly. When you reach a goal, you may get a virtual trophy or achievement like in video games. For kids, the games turn the chore of brushing into an activity that they can enjoy. Overall, the results equal better oral health.
Ask Your Dentist if You Are Brushing Properly and If You Should Consider a Smart Toothbrush
Now that you know what a Bluetooth toothbrush does, you can determine if this technology is something you should look into. If your dentist or hygienist mentions oral health problems that require more attention, this may be easier to address with a smart toothbrush helping you keep track. Ask your dentist about smart toothbrushes they recommend for your specific needs. At the Covington Center for Family Dentistry, our dental professionals are happy to help. Make an appointment today by calling (678) 306-6000 or by filling out our online form.