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What You Need to Know About the Smart Toothbrush in 2016

We live in a “smart” world. We have smartphones, tablets, TVs and more that allow us to connect to the internet and access its seemingly infinite resources, at all times. In 2016, we can expect plenty of new additions to our smart tool belt. One in particular is the smart toothbrush.

Yes, you read that right. You can enjoy the luxury of a smart toothbrush in 2016. You may be wondering what a smart toothbrush actually is. Well, we are here to tell you. There are many models to choose from and we would like to discuss them here with you so you can fully understand all the benefits of the latest smart toothbrushes and why you should even be interested in one.

Oral-B’s Bluetooth Toothbrush

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Oral B has created a Bluetooth-capable toothbrush. This toothbrush connects to your smartphone or tablet and gives you real-time feedback on how you are brushing your teeth. A timer counts for two minutes so you can be confident that you brushed long enough each day. The screen will also show if you are applying too much pressure by turning red. The app is great for giving you visual feedback on your brushing habits. For those of you who just get bored while brushing your teeth, Oral-B has included a news feature where you can read the news in the app in order to encourage you to brush for the full two minutes.

The Oral-B Bluetooth toothbrush is available in the U.S. for $159. New versions of this toothbrush are coming out, with more and more features for you to enjoy.

Kolibree Toothbrush

The Kolibree toothbrush is another smart Bluetooth-connected toothbrush available to you. Kolibree is a gamified brushing experience. They have applications like Go Pirates! to make brushing fun for kids. Your children can earn points by brushing and have fun doing it. Another great thing about Kolibree is the amount of information it provides you about your brushing habits. 3D sensors on the brush head allow the toothbrush to navigate where it is on your mouth and how well you are brushing each area of your mouth. Nothing is left up to chance. With Kolibree you can know exactly what parts of your mouth need special attention.

Kolibree wants to make brushing teeth a fun experience for the whole family so it includes features where you can earn points and share with your family members. Each member gets a removable toothbrush head of their own and you can compete to earn badges. Check out this interview with the creator Thomas Serval to learn even more!

The Kolibree smart toothbrush sells for $149 in the U.S. New updates are scheduled for 2016 to make your brushing experience even more fun and effective.

G.U.M. Play

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The last smart toothbrush we have to share with you actually isn’t a toothbrush itself. It is a bluetooth toothbrush attachment. The G.U.M. Play attaches to the handle end of a manual toothbrush and connects to smart devices. Kids can play games and adults can have the news read out loud to them.

Price and release date have not been announced for this product as of yet, but it will be available in Japan and may expand to other countries later on.

The smart toothbrush for 2016 should make it a very exciting year in dental health, with all the new technology available to help people brush better. Did you set any New Year’s resolutions? How about improving the dental health of you and your family by getting a smart toothbrush? It is never too late to set a new goal and improving dental health is always a great one!

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