App-Connected Toothbrush Makes Sure You Keep Your Smile Sparkling

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The next time you skip brushing your teeth before going to bed, make sure you're not using the Beam Brush. It tracks your dental hygiene habits with a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, reminding you of your negligence.

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The first version of the toothbrush, which is promised sometime next month for around $50, will simply keep track of how long you've been brushing, using a sensor that knows when it's actually being used to scrub your teeth. The accompanying iOS and Android apps will also provide visual timers, letting you know when you've brushed for the recommended two minutes.

Future versions of the brush will be even more intelligent, with the ability to specifically keep track of what areas of your mouth have been brushed, and reminding you which areas require more attention. Its creators have even been tossing around the idea of the app gaining a reward or incentive system to encourage kids to brush up.

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And while the accumulated data lets you look back and monitor your brushing habits over time, it's probably even more useful for your dentist. So during future checkups you might even be able to forward them your brushing history so they can praise your diligence, or shame you for your poor dental hygiene routine. [Beam Technologies via OhGizmo! via Medgadget]

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If people need an app to monitor their brushing habits than I feel so bad for you. All you need to do is brush your teeth after EVERY meal (including after lunch while your at work), floss, and use mouth wash if available.

Following those steps and limiting the amount of sugary drinks/food you intake (if you need to drink sugary foods make sure you use a straw to limit your enamel from being exposed to the sugar) an you will never have a cavity.

Anyway, I can see the day when someone is using the app and they drop their phone into the sink and ruin it.