The Technology of the Toothbrush

The Technology of the Toothbrush

Technology moves quickly and the way our world is connected and dependent on these technologies changes in the blink of an eye. It’s likely that toothbrushes aren’t the first thing you’d think of when you think of these technological changes, but just like everything else, technology is finding its way into the humble toothbrush too. Let’s have a look at some of the most recent changes we’ve seen in the toothbrush.

Sustainability Focused Toothbrushes

Take a long haul flight these days and you won’t get a little plastic toothbrush anymore. You’ll probably get a little bamboo or wooden toothbrush with bristles made from biodegradable plastic, like PHA. Take this sort of sustainability to the consumer market and you’ll find products that promise the same cleaning power and effectiveness without the environmental impact.We’re sure bristling and molding companies like will be updating their manufacturing processes to add sustainability to their lineup.

Other toothbrushes make use of aluminum with a replaceable head, much like you’d expect from an electric toothbrush, to reduce the amount of waste. These are important advancements given how many toothbrushes are discarded every day globally.

Electric Toothbrushes

The rotating and pulsing heads of electric toothbrushes past are giving way to toothbrushes like the CleanFreak, which polishes and cleans an entire row of teeth in one go, shortening your toothbrushing time to just 30 seconds. If that’s too much for you then the J shaped Talo Brush should be your next option, also promising a 30-second tooth brushing by cleaning half your mouth at a time. Similar advancements in electric toothbrushes continue to promise quicker, more effective, and better cleaning than anything before it. And once you’re done with your brushing, you can reach for a water flosser for that daily floss too.

Smart Toothbrushes

It’s like a wearable for your dental hygiene. Not only will it keep track of how often and for how long you’re brushing for, but some of the more complex ones like the Oral-B iO will even tell you how well you’re brushing your teeth. It uses smart sensors to know which quadrant of your mouth you’re brushing, and it’ll tell you if you’re brushing too vigorously or pressing too hard. The app that you connect it to uses artificial intelligence to help you brush better. It’s all quite amazing.

Other brands aren’t far behind with the smart toothbrushes. The Colgate Plaqless Pro can detect plaque and will keep you brushing until you’ve brushed all the plaque off your teeth. These sorts of advancements might just see us visiting the dentist less often because our toothbrushes are watching to make sure we don’t skimp on the time or the thoroughness of the brushing.

From saving the planet to saving your brushing habits, the toothbrush truly is evolving into something none of us knew we needed until now like a graphical representation of how many times you missed your tooth brushing or how many times you brushed for less time than you should’ve. Rest easy the next time you throw away your bamboo biodegradable toothbrush, knowing that you’re not adding to the landfills. What a time to be alive!

CATEGORIES : Healthcare Technology


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