So here we are – completely engaged in the era of technology, digitising almost every aspect of our life and spending most of our time interacting with our great, artificial digital universe. But even I, starry eyed denizen of the techno-age, didn't predict the smart toothbrush.
This was a revolution that you might have had to be in a particular junction between technology and dentistry to predict. But, being intrigued and happy to bring technology into yet another aspect of my life, I took the plunge and tried out an Oral-B Trizone 6000 – my first smart toothbrush.
How Smart Can A Toothbrush Be, Really?
Well, what makes the Trizone 6000 so damn “smart” is its integration with smart phones. Using Bluetooth, the Trizone 6000 sends data from its array of built in sensors to your iPhone where you can track interesting data about your brushing habits from a handy app.
The data sent includes information about the duration of your brushing, indicators if you're applying too much pressure and brushing too hard, and can be used to track whether you flossed. All of this data can be broken down in graphs and helpfully displayed. Oral-B recommends sharing this data with a dentist, although it essentially just measures how long you brushed.
Testing It Out
So after setting up the Oral-B Trizone 6000's BlueTooth to sync with my iPhone, it was time to take the plunge and brush my teeth for the first time with my next-gen toothbrush. There is a variety of brushing heads to choose from, each with targeting specific areas of the mouth or different options. I selected the “sensitive” head because I sometimes get sore teeth and wanted a bit of a gentle touch. The five “brush modes” compliment the different heads, featuring modes such as:
- Daily Clean,
- Gum Care
- and Deep Clean.
Whitening mode utilises a brush head designed for polishing, whereas Deep Clean, in contrast, uses a Micro Pulse brush head using acoustic principles to help dislodged gunk between the teeth.
Okay – so, after more preparation than I've ever put into brushing my teeth, I finally put my Oral-B Trizone 6000 Smart Toothbrush in my mouth for the first time. And, almost immediately, it lit up red to tell me the pressure sensor thought I was brushing too hard.
This, I would find, is the biggest thing this smart toothbrush had to teach me. With the help of the powerful electric brush, I needed to apply virtually no pressure and anytime I did, it warned me to stop.
This is important, as brushing too hard can wear away enamel, damage gums and cause serious and permanent mouth damage. Most people are likely to be brushing too hard, which the Trizone aims to alleviate with its pressure sensor and helpful alerts.
The Trizone 6000 alerts its user as to when to switch areas of the mouth with some helpful vibrations. It also lets you know when you're done, after a full two minutes. The timers and alerts can be programmed if you or your dentist decide a particular area of the mouth needs more attention, but the general guidelines are more than suitable for most people. In fact, I think if you're like me, you'll find that you spend a lot more time brushing your teeth with a device like the Trizone 6000 keeping track of how long you're brushing.
The Oral-B Trizone 6000 always leaves my mouth feeling quite clean and well cared for. Definitely among the best electric toothbrushes I have used in terms of cleanliness. It is also the only toothbrush which I can say really taught me something!