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Ben Wilcox
Ben is the practice principal at Shore Dental, Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2004 and…

Meet the toothbrush some claim can outsmart your dentist

February 10, 2014 by Ben Wilcox

The toothbrush just went digital


The digital health revolution gains another comrade.

An electric toothbrush that can offer more than just the most rotations per minute. A toothbrush that claims to outsmart your dentist. What exactly is the Kolibree anyway?

At this year's CES – a conference celebrating the newest and most innovative products on the market today – the Kolibree smart toothbrush was introduced to the world. Boasting that it will “outsmart your dentist”, the clever toothbrush analyses your brushing and lets you track your habits over time through phone apps for both Android and iOS.

The toothbrush contains a sensor that keeps track of the areas of your mouth that you're brushing and lets you know which areas are feeling a little bit neglected and need more attention. If you wear dentures, the Kolibree will measure how often and for how long you spend going over your dentures. Parents can observe and compare their brushing results to that of their offspring and see where improvements can be made by checking the progressive charts created by the toothbrush's related app.

While the technology is fantastic, using the Kolibree toothbrush should not be in lieu of making regular visits to the dentist – and the makers of the brush agree: “While Kolibree doesn't proclaim to solve periodontal disease or suggest it can keep cavities or gingivitis at bay," the company admits in a press release, "the better you take care of your teeth, the more likely you can and will avoid serious problems.”

The Kolibree isn't readily available right now, but if the Kickstarter campaign they have running reaches their end goal, they'll be retailing between $99 and $200 for various models of brush.

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