Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Jhoanna Robinson
Are you too tired and weary every night because of the long day that you had and all you want to do when you get home is just fall on your bed and sleep? That would be a nightmare for your teeth, as plaque and cavity buildup is sure to follow this routine.
Do not fret, my lazy one. We introduce you to the Amabrush, a $90 (70 British Pounds) hands-free mouthguard-looking device that you can slip inside your mouth to automatically do your tooth brushing, flossing, scrubbing, and rinsing for you.
Users need to put the Amabrush – which vibrates and dispenses toothpaste to be able to clean every tooth – inside their mouth, and press a button to let the magic happen.
The device utilizes bespoke toothpaste capsules, whose average price is $3.40 (2.60 British Pounds), and lasts for around one month. It is made from bacteria-resistant silicone and has 3D bristles on both sides. Its material is soft and bendable; its flexibility allows for the device to be used by anyone, be a child or a grown-up.
The Amabrush makes use of strong vibrations with an amplitude of 9.5G to facilitate the process of cleaning your teeth thoroughly. The makers of the device have noted that “even in 10 seconds, every tooth surface is cleaned longer compared with common toothbrushes. If you brush your teeth for the recommended 120 seconds with a regular toothbrush, every surface gets brushed for just 1.25 seconds. Amabrush brushes all your surfaces for the whole 10 seconds.”
As brushing the entirety of your mouth – teeth, tongue, and mouth roof – only takes 10 seconds with Amabrush, you are saved a truckload of hours every year. To specify, you are saving a full day every year when you brush with Amabrush, as regular tooth brushing take two two-minute sessions each day.
Dr. Sameer Patel, Clinical Director at dental and orthodontic practice Elleven, said a teeth-cleaning device such as the Amabrush can provide benefits for people who are having difficulty or are not inclined to manually groom the inside of their mouths.
“The success of the brush really depends on how well it cleans the teeth and the gums, however, if sufficient, this device could have the potential to reduce tooth decay, and [prevent] further dental problems from occurring. The technology behind the brush may help those who tend to brush too hard – limiting subsequent tooth sensitivity – or not thoroughly enough, which often leaves debris and can cause a buildup of plaque in the mouth,” Patel said.
The Amabrush, which was launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, was able to raise 174,789 Euros (153,500 British Pounds), which is greater than the 50,000 Euros it asked for to begin its manufacture. It will be available for retail by December of this year. It would need to be replaced every two to three months, just like a normal toothbrush.
Its makers said the device isn’t meant to be a substitute nor a replacement for the traditional method of cleaning your teeth; that is, using toothbrushes. It can be used, however, to address wrong tooth brushing practices that so many people have already gotten used to, like forgetting to brush the tongue and gums, and using water or mouthwash to rinse the mouth after brushing. Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after brushing your teeth can actually erode the protection that your toothpaste has given to your teeth. (Related: Naturally maintain dental health with the amazing toothbrush tree.)
Amabrush founder Marvin Musialek introduced the first prototype in 2015. The company has been receiving funds from the Austrian government, the European Union, and private institutions since Amabrush’s inception.
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