May 5, 2015 in Blog
Dental technologies are changing on a near-daily basis. Everywhere you look, there seems to be new, innovative technology being introduced that makes dental cleanings easier and your teeth more beautiful.
With 99.7% of all Americans saying a smile is a highly-important social asset — and 75% of Americans saying an unattractive smile could even damage one’s chances for a successful career — it’s no surprise that dentists are always looking for better ways to treat their patients’ teeth.
But despite constant innovations in the dental industry, however, we’re still brushing our teeth like people did in the 1800s — with a manual toothbrush and some toothpaste.
Recently, Japanese designer Kosho Ueshima set out to change this — developing a toothbrush that uses advanced nanotechnology to clean plaque and tartar from teeth without requiring toothpaste. It might just be the last electric toothbrush you’ll ever need to buy.
How does it work?
According to Digital Trends, Ueshima, along with nanotechnology company Yumeshokunin Co. LTD, developed specially-engineered bristles coated in nanosized mineral ions. As you brush your teeth, these ions are transferred from the bristles to your teeth, removing stains and forming a coating over your teeth that protects them from plaque and other enamel-harming substances.
This kind of technology obviously offers major cost savings by removing the need for toothpaste. Even better, the fact that the special bristles remove stains from the teeth takes away the need for tooth whitening products and procedures, two things on which Americans spend $1.4 billion every year.
However, the fragile bristles and their nanocoating of ions eventually wear off. After about a month of regular use, this toothbrush would have to be replaced: not the most cost-effective or eco-friendly solution. Hopefully future versions of the toothbrush are able to last longer!
Digital Trends reports that the nano-toothbrush is expected to be available in the European market sometime later this year.
What are your thoughts on this innovative toothbrush? Have any other questions or comments on new dental technologies or cosmetic dentistry in general? Let us know in the comments below.