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Can a Toothbrush Teach You to Brush Better?

February 10, 2016

New “smart” toothbrush works with your smartphone to analyze your brushing habits.

Can a Toothbrush Teach You to Brush Better?When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy, proper oral hygiene is absolutely essential. After all, your daily brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against the bacteria that would otherwise build up on your teeth and in your gum pockets, causing decay and inflammation and potentially even causing tooth loss.

Unfortunately, many Americans do not take good enough care of their teeth. If you don’t brush and floss daily, it’s easy enough to realize you need to start these habits. But what if you do brush twice daily yet still suffer from tooth decay and gum disease? Maybe you’re not brushing well enough. A new electric toothbrush from Oral-B could help you figure it out.

New Oral-B Genius Toothbrush Analyzes Brushing Habits

Oral-B has recently revealed a new electric toothbrush that works with your smartphone to analyze your brushing habits and recommend improvements. The new “smart” toothbrush, dubbed the Oral-B Genius, uses motion sensors, position detection, and your smartphone camera to track the location, pressure, and time of brushing activity and provide real-time feedback on the quality of your oral hygiene routine.

According to Oral-B, the Genius electric toothbrush can help with all three of the most common tooth brushing mistakes that can hurt your oral health:

Brushing Too Hard: Brushing teeth too vigorously—especially with a hard-bristled toothbrush—can actually be damaging to tooth enamel and irritating to gum tissue. The pressure sensors in the Oral-B Genius will help train users not to brush overly hard.

Not Brushing Long Enough: Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. However, according to Oral-B, about 80 percent of people fall short of the two-minute mark. By timing brushing sessions the Genius toothbrush can make users aware of any shortcomings in this area.

Not Brushing Every Tooth Equally: When brushing, people often skip over certain areas of the mouth, perhaps giving them a few swipes from the toothbrush but not enough attention to really remove plaque and food debris. The position detection feature in the Genius toothbrush along with the smart phone camera can be used to reveal skipped sections of the mouth so users can do better next time.

No Toothbrush Is a Substitute for Dental Visits

No matter how smart your toothbrush may be, it will never be a good substitute for your dentist’s advice. It is still very important to visit the dentist at least once per year for a routine dental cleaning and exam to make sure any emerging oral health issues are identified and addressed promptly. To make an appointment with California Dental Group, please contact the clinic location of your choice now.

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