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The World’s First Fully Automated Toothbrush is Here – and it Only Requires 10 Seconds!

in Health July 14, 2017

“Taking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a gateway into your body’s overall health.”  The American Dental Association

 We’ve all heard our parents tell us time and time again about the importance of always remembering to brush our teeth. Our dentists spend time at every appointment discussing the proper ways to brush and floss in order to encourage optimal oral health. Despite all this Business Insider reported that half of Americans don’t floss on a daily basis, and a surprising one in five don’t brush their teeth twice daily!

There are many reasons that American cite for not keeping up with the recommended dental care including finding the time to brush their teeth each day, as well as becoming too busy and simply forgetting to fit it into their daily routine. The creators of the Amabrush are hoping that their new invention will simplify the process and shorten the time span required, encouraging overall better oral care.

How does it work? The Amabrush looks like a mouth guard, however, it is covered by soft silicone bristles and attached to a round handle. When you place the mouthpiece in your mouth and press the button the device provides proceeds to brush your teeth to perfection, hitting every location within the mouth that your dentist would tell you to focus on all at the same time. It takes only 10 seconds total and it even provides the toothpaste!

The makers of the Amabrush explain, “even in this 10 seconds, every tooth surface is cleaned longer compared with common toothbrushes. If you brush your teeth for the recommended 120 seconds with a regular toothbrush, every surface gets brushed for just 1.25 seconds. Amabrush brushes all your surfaces for the whole 10 seconds.”

 

Introduced to the world via Kickstarter, it is no surprise that the creators have now seen the product more than double their goal, with 10,440 backers and 22 days still left to go!

Dr. Sameer Patel, clinical director at the dental and orthodontic practice Elleven says, “technology is advancing the way we practice dentistry and this innovation could be really revolutionary in the way in which our patients clean their teeth.”

“The success of the brush really depends on how well it cleans the teeth and the gums, however, if sufficient this device could have the potential to reduce tooth decay, and thus further dental problems from occurring. The technology behind the brush may help those who tend to brush too hard – limiting subsequent tooth sensitivity – or not thoroughly enough, which often leaves debris and can cause a build-up of plaque in the mouth.”

With the first devices expected to be shipped in December, it will be interesting to see how they stack up in practical day to day use!