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Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

samzenpus posted 1 year,22 days | from the but-I-want-them-brushed-now dept.

Medicine 98

dryriver writes "A team of dentists has created a toothbrush they say can clean teeth thoroughly in less than six seconds. Manufacturer Blizzident uses the same scans dentists use to fit braces and an extremely precise 3D printer to create a brush for each individual customer. Each brush contains about 400 soft bristles and requires the wearer to grind their teeth in order to clean. Its makers say it eliminates brushing errors that people typically make, but experts say more research is needed. The technology comes at a price — a customer's first brush, which will last for a year, costs 299 euros ($405; £250). Subsequent brushes are cheaper, and old ones can be reconditioned for less than 100 euros, the company says. 'Because you are brushing all your teeth at the same time, you are brushing extremely quickly,' the company says. 'You brush all the difficult-to-reach and interdental regions without even having to think about it.'"

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SkyMall (2)

Frosty Piss (770223) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020329)

I predict that this item will show up very shortly for around $100 in SkyMall magazine...

Re:SkyMall (3, Funny)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020351)

after a year, you can flip your old brushes on craigslist...

Re:SkyMall (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45025061)

Eew!

Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020375)

If this is shown to work, I will buy it immediately.

Re:Wow. (1)

Guy From V (1453391) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020611)

Hammacher Schlemmer or Sharper Image.

299 Euros is the base price (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020403)

A six-second sound byte of the London Symphony rendering Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life", with volume automatically adjusted to be heard above the brushing, is available at extra cost.

Re:299 Euros is the base price (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020457)

All I could think of was, "Has the USD inflated that much already?"

Re:299 Euros is the base price (1)

blue trane (110704) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020643)

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/exchange/eurofxref/html/eurofxref-graph-usd.en.html [europa.eu]

The euro started at about $1.17, in 1999. It's now about $1.35. The highest value was close to $1.60, just before the 2008 crash.

Re:299 Euros is the base price (2)

Pax681 (1002592) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023349)

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/exchange/eurofxref/html/eurofxref-graph-usd.en.html [europa.eu]

The euro started at about $1.17, in 1999. It's now about $1.35. The highest value was close to $1.60, just before the 2008 crash.

that high of $1.60 was due to Khadaffi trading his oil in euros..... ;)

Re:299 Euros is the base price (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,19 days | (#45047043)

The surest way to get killed by the American military is to mess with the petrodollar. Euros? Dead. Pan-African Dinars? Dead.

It is going to take a while until some science is (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020431)

done to determine whether this type of brush is effective, or more specifically, whether it is MORE effective than brushing with a standard manual or electric brush. At that price, it better be MORE effective.

Re:It is going to take a while until some science (1)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020547)

It doesn't necessarily have to be more effective. If it's equally effective there are probably a number of people who will buy it just because it's interesting and saves them maybe one minute of time every day.

Re: It is going to take a while until some science (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021251)

It'd save me five minutes a day. 45 minutes a week. Bad gums :-(

Re: It is going to take a while until some science (2)

goodEvans (112958) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023473)

9 day week? not sure if trolling, or just dumb....

Re: It is going to take a while until some science (1)

samwichse (1056268) | 1 year,19 days | (#45047039)

What, do you just brush once a day?

Re:It is going to take a while until some science (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45024717)

I'd buy it, because I can't seem to manage to use a brush regularly because it's such a pain in the ass for me to do so.

Re:It is going to take a while until some science (1, Redundant)

TheLink (130905) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021969)

Another thing to consider: it may take 6 seconds to clean your teeth well, but how long does it take to clean the brush properly after it cleans your teeth?

Re:It is going to take a while until some science (1)

ami.one (897193) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023163)

Now that's what I call "insightful" ! My Electric Shaver takes just a little less time than my manual Gillette 3 blade razor and then a full 15 Minutes to clean (I clean once every 3 days though, but still it's a big pain to open the 'foil' system and then use the brush to remove stuck hair bits from both sides of each of the 10-20 blades)

Re: It is going to take a while until some science (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45026205)

You sound like a happy Braun owner. Next time try a Panasonic: rub a bit of soap on the foil, run under water for 30 seconds while on, disassemble and let dry. Those shitty washing stations are such a waste of resources.

Re:It is going to take a while until some science (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45022309)

Why would it take a while? Can't they find out how effective it is after each brush? Or is tooth decay and gum disease the only way to find out if it's working?

I would have added more features (1)

TheSeventh (824276) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020439)

This is odd, but I have been considering a device like this for several months now. Except, if I were to do it, the bristles would move like a sonicare brush, instead of having to grind your teeth around to clean them.

You just have to pop the device in, let it run for 10-30 seconds, and your teeth are clean, and it could even floss for you.

Guess that will be next year's model . . .

Re:I would have added more features (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020717)

You just have to pop the device in, let it run for 10-30 seconds,

Yeah, that'll be so awesome when the next model takes FIVE TIMES AS LONG!!1!

Re:I would have added more features (3, Insightful)

khellendros1984 (792761) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020929)

You just have to pop the device in, let it run for 10-30 seconds, and your teeth are clean, and it could even floss for you.

That doesn't really sound better than something that you use for 4-24 seconds less, doesn't have any moving parts, and doesn't require a power source. The device from TFA already reaches the interstices of your teeth, so it should have the same effects as flossing anyhow.

Re:I would have added more features (5, Funny)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021223)

Guess that will be next year's model

Next up is the 1000 blade shaver, perfectly moulded to your face. One quick stroke and your whole face is clean shaven.

Either that or you are bleeding to death.

Re:I would have added more features (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021797)

Careful you don't use the programming for the wife's beav.

Re:I would have added more features (1)

yotto (590067) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022505)

I just had the most hilarious webcomic idea pop into my head. Starts with a guy walking into work with a mustache and beard that exists only under his nose in a thin line.

It'd probably look too much like a Hitler 'stache though. Maybe if he was blonde. Hmmm.

For someone with no artistic talent, I'm giving this a lot of thought.

Re:I would have added more features (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | 1 year,22 days | (#45025873)

She's old fashioned. Have it heart shaped.

Re:I would have added more features (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | 1 year,22 days | (#45026037)

Punchline: Lucky I didn't use my mistress's program, I'd look like Hitler.

Re:I would have added more features (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45022331)

Guess that will be next year's model

Next up is the 1000 blade shaver, perfectly moulded to your face. One quick stroke and your whole face is clean shaven.

  Either that or you are bleeding to death.

Of course, Gillette will come out with a 1001 blade shaver soon after.

Old Soviet joke (1)

mangu (126918) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024331)

There was a joke in the Soviet Union that a shaving machine was displayed in a technology fair. All the man had to do was to insert his head in the machine and press a button, and the machine did the rest.

-"How amazing!", a bystander said. "Just think about this, every face has a different shape!"

-"Not after going through this machine!", the inventor replied.

Re:I would have added more features (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021645)

Guess that will be next year's model . . .

Clean up is a snap! And you don't even need a toothbrush anymore with the new wild ride edition: Just squirt some toothpaste in the bush before going down town.

A flossing version (1)

swb (14022) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024529)

The idea of a flossing version has occurred to me as well. A similar kind of custom-molded set of trays with floss strands.

Put it in your mouth and bite a couple of times and you floss your entire mouth.

I'm not sure how you'd change the floss without a complex re-stringing process, but maybe it could be strung with some kind of strong filament that could be easily cleaned and sterilized without needing to be changed.

Prior Art (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020445)

Just chew on this for six seconds...

http://img1.etsystatic.com/005/0/6262900/il_fullxfull.399675811_ozpd.jpg?ref=l2

Health, convenience, and scale (1)

spamchang (302052) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020449)

Sounds pretty ground-breaking. Six second from the recommended 120 seconds--and how many of us do that?--is a lot of time saved, and if the device cleans our teeth better than we normally do (needs verification as noted above), that's a net win there too. Given the market for teeth whiteners and electric toothbrushes, there's certainly a social premium placed on attractive teeth, not to mention the very important health benefits of consistent dental care.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

narcc (412956) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020675)

Six second from the recommended 120 seconds--and how many of us do that?--is a lot of time saved

I can't tell you how thankful I am that my schedule has never been so tight that saving 114-seconds on personal care could feel significant.

How do you find the time to post on slashdot?

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021495)

114 seconds a day * 365 days (life of the brush) works out to about 11 1/2 hours. At $405 that means it costs about $35 per hour of time savings. Not a great investment in time but not horrible, and probably worth it to a fair number of people.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (2, Insightful)

narcc (412956) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021759)

and probably worth it to a fair number of people.

That is absolutely insane.

That 11 1/2 hours is not in any way contiguous -- what could you accomplish in that time, in 114 seconds a day? How could that possibly offer any advantage, let alone one worth $35/hour?

Even if you could come up with some fantastic task that could justify the value placed on that tiny bit of time, who the hell can't manage to find 114 seconds of extra time per day? Go to bed 114 seconds later than normal, no weird untested toothbrush or dentist appointment required.

What if you shaved 19 seconds off the beginning and end of every meal? But I'm thinking too narrowly here. Just think how much time you could save by eliminating all those unnecessary trips to the toilet with a catheter!

You suggest that "fair number of people" would benefit. I'd love to know who these folks are, why their day is packed down to the second, and (most importantly) and why they're not all cathed.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (2)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021939)

Oh shit... I'm supposed to be at work in 10 minutes... pull on clothes, shove toothbrush in mouth, grind teeth, run out the door.

Sometimes 2 minutes is the difference between brushing and not brushing. This would have a place in the glove box, next to the cordless razor and the cologne. They should make a watertight case so you can leave it soaking in mouthwash when you put it away.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

Inda (580031) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023455)

Euuuuuwwwwww.

Be two minutes late for work. Make the time up by staying two minutes late or working 0.004% harder and faster throughout the day.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (2)

ffejie (779512) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024885)

Sometimes being two minutes late for work means missing the train, meaning you're 30 minutes for work, meaning you get seen as a not-hard worker, meaning you get fired and have all the time in the world to brush your teeth! Problem solved!

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45022893)

I don't see the benefit of this in the time saved, but in the (potential) improvement in cleaning. Which will save some dentistry (and pain, and bad health in general) in the long run. If it turns out to actually clean better.

It's not about the 2 minutes (2)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022899)

It's not about the 2 minutes you save, but about the knowledge that you have properly brushed your teeth without missing a single spot every time you use this brush. It's easy to claim that more than half of the people that come into a dentist that need work done, end up there because they haven't brushed their teeth properly at least once a day for their entire life. You may not safe money on toothbrushes this way, but you will possibly break even on total dentistry costs even at the price point this brush is at now. It's not even about the money, having "perfect teeth" is a health and social benefit that has merit on it's own.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 days | (#45028275)

You could use some of the time saved to clean the brush properly.

Maybe next year they'll come out with an even more expensive automatic cleaner for the brush. ;)

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

hurfy (735314) | 1 year,22 days | (#45027349)

Subtract the time spent at the dentist, getting to the dentist, waiting for the dentist !
I assume the cost includes the dentist visit or does it?

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

dlgeek (1065796) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022183)

Because it will encourage you to brush more often? I'm good about brushing in the morning, but I'm very inconsistent at night (or consistent about not brushing).

If I had one of these, I'd keep it in my pocket and brush after every meal, snack, or peice of candy, or whenever my mouth felt I could use it. There'd be a big benefit in going from once or twice a day to 10-15 times a day.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (2)

sFurbo (1361249) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023017)

Not necessarily. Brushing too much can be hard on the teeth and gums (but I think this is more related to brushing too hard), and brushing also removes the amoebas that feed off of the bacteria in your mouth (or so I have heard, but it might just be somebody extrapolating), so you might be worse off brushing 10-15 times a day.

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

Guignol (159087) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022793)

I see all this interest for this product and I think my next Idea will blow this one out of the water
5 seconds toothbrush !!! [youtu.be]

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (1)

X0563511 (793323) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024773)

Because I already brush for 6 seconds only, and I'd rather the 6 seconds I can be bothered for actually clean my teeth properly?

Re:Health, convenience, and scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020689)

120 seconds...I thought it was closer to 180 seconds, or about the length of a pop song. And yes, some of us do brush our teeth for that long. If you aren't foaming at the mouth by the time you are done, you haven't done it for long enough.

Yeah.... riiiight... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020465)

An EU company says you only need to brush for six seconds....

Re:Yeah.... riiiight... (4, Funny)

ByteSlicer (735276) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021169)

An EU company says you only need to brush for six seconds....

Yeah, but those are metric seconds instead of US imperial seconds...

Re:Yeah.... riiiight... (1)

ShoulderOfOrion (646118) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022321)

I'd believe it if it was a British company...

If this works as advertised... (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020529)

If this does what it says it does, the cost they cite is negligible. Although I wonder if fluoride ions take longer than six-seconds to work their magic. i'm still waiting for ultra-sonic tooth re-growing technology to be approved here in my United States.

Re:If this works as advertised... (1)

kimvette (919543) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020963)

> Although I wonder if fluoride ions take longer than six-seconds to work their magic.

I hear fluoride is just industrial waste and is being used by the government for mind control. I got this info from sites that folks who claim that mercury in vaccinations is causing autism pointed me to, and it's on teh interwebz so it must be true. ;)

So clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021885)

so very very clever. Wrong, just like all the scorn heaped on "tin foil hats" was wrong, but oh so very clever. Without a doubt the most clever thing I have ever heard. You are going places, kimvette. Mark my words.

Re:So clever (1)

kimvette (919543) | 1 year,15 days | (#45093655)

The same site has instructions for making tinfoil hats to block "them" from controlling your mind with their mind-control satellites. ;)

fluoride ions (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022951)

Fluoride has several functions when it comes to dentistry.

1) act as a catalyst for rebuilding teeth. It helps calcium and phosphates dissolved in your saliva to be (re)introduced in your teeth and rebuilds them that way. It does this by remaining in the porous surface of a tooth.

2) It acts as an antibacterial agent. Again, any bacteria it encounters will have trouble functioning and reproducing, slowing or killing the damage to your teeth. If your teeth are clean, there are very few bacteria in your saliva and after you flush, the only place where the fluoride will remain is in/on the surface of your teeth.

You don't need more than 6 seconds to apply fluoride to clean teeth using this brush system (or at least that is what they claim), or 120 seconds using a manual brush and it doesn't end when you flush your mouth after you're done brushing.

Fluoride has a function and it can help, but it's not what brushing your teeth is about. Cleaning the teeth and gums from debris and bacteria is the main purpose and doing this properly is way more important than applying some fluoride. You can add all the fluoride in the world, but bad cleaning won't be compensated with it. People that brush their teeth without even using tooth paste but do it properly, have way healthier teeth than people that do it badly but use high doses of fluoride. There are large portions of the world where tooth paste and fluoride are "extremely uncommon" to use to prove this.

Weird old tip (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020591)

Hygienists hate them!

My mother should know (2)

themushroom (197365) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020805)

Getting ME to brush my teeth for even six seconds as a kid was an amazing feat.

Parallel processing (1)

jtara (133429) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020617)

Multi-core parallel processing comes to toothbrushes!

Let the one-upmanship begin! Can anyone say "razor blades"?

Re:Parallel processing (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020821)

If you use razor blades for brushing teeth you're doing it wrong.

Re:Parallel processing (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020949)

Multi-core parallel processing ...

So how does the toothpaste get spread around in six seconds? I use about half a "brush length" (plenty to make foam) and it would take some careful spreading (with a knife, like butter on toast?) to get it spread all over this device. Simple grinding in place isn't going to distribute the goo very quickly.

Re:Parallel processing (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020989)

Now imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!

Re:Parallel processing (1)

HatofPig (904660) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021513)

Can anyone say "razor blades"?

Spishak can! [youtube.com]

A toothbrush from Blizz(IDENT)? WoW! (4, Funny)

Nashville Guy (585073) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020699)

Does this mean trolls teeth get cleaner due to surface areas being easier to access? Should I roll a troll for better hygiene?

If we do heroic brushing runs will we get epic gum lines?

Will it be a bad thing if a good tooth drops?

Can I rez a molar to avoid an extraction?

Will we be able to eat on Tuesdays, or will nutrition be down due to maintenance?

Should I just go ahead and plan to make my wisdom teeth shamans, priests and mages or are there options?

Subscription based MMORPG's (Molar-based Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) are obviously the wave of the future. I can see Blizz changing the Headless Horseman to the Tooth Fairy this year.

Fluoride (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020719)

I always felt that the "brushing" component of brushing was secondary to the fluoride present in the toothpaste, and six seconds of exposure sounds very minimal. However, I am not a dentist.

Re:Fluoride (1)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023221)

The point of brushing (and flossing or interdental brushing) is to remove the biofilm of bacteria living on your teeth and gum margins, which:

1) Produce acids through their metabolism which dissolve your tooth enamel
2) Stop anything else from actually reaching your teeth

Dentic (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | 1 year,22 days | (#45020855)

No thanks, I would rather use a Dentic [wikia.com] - minty!
Just remember: *never* swallow one and they taste horrible fried - words to live by.

Hasn't brushing/flossing been perfected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45020927)

Between my Dr. Barman's Dental Woodsticks [dentist.net] and my Reach Flosser [drugstore.com] I kinda doubt brushing everything at once will be that big an improvement. How big an imposition is the usual oral care rigmarole? Oh noes, the Phillips Sonicare takes a whopping two minutes to do its thing!

TMJ Disorder (1)

ericcc65 (2663835) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021103)

As someone who suffers from TMJ disorder the thought of deliberately grinding my teeth every day makes this idea a non-starter.

Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021175)

I'm guessing it works by creating tiny mass effect fields which remove plaque.

I'm thinking we could leapfrog this (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021277)

I'm thinking we could leapfrog this and go right to something that looks like standard sized mouthpieces. Inside the mouthpieces there would be no expensive customization. Instead, there would be mini-robots using sensors to detect the difference between gum tissue, exposed dentin, enamel, and plaque. The mini-robots would then scour the surface (or gently massage it) based on what they have sensed.

Get crackin' robot dentists. The only question is... would it actually be able to put the steel scraper ladies out of work? Yes they're people too; but I can't say I'd miss them.

Sounds like people would gag a lot (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021423)

Not sure about you but I think most people would gag if an object that size were to clean teeth for 6 seconds even in the way back of the mouth. Well, except of course that one girl we all know that can shove an animal balloons down her throat without gagging.

Re:Sounds like people would gag a lot (1)

Richy_T (111409) | 1 year,22 days | (#45025959)

I'd imagine it would be of similar dimensions to the device they use to take a cast of your teeth. That has never given me any issues.

How Is This Not Blatant Plagiarism? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021441)

How is this not blatant plagiarism? There is no summary here whatsoever. This is word for word a copy of the text of the article. Slashdot reporting at its finest.

Re:How Is This Not Blatant Plagiarism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45023067)

It's not. A summary is not plagiarism and you should go back underneath your bridge or maybe go complain that digg does the same thing for almost all of its posts. A summary doesn't need to be unique, it needs to make sense.

No thanks. (1)

mark-t (151149) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021649)

It's $435 for the first year, and $135 each year thereafter.

That's more than 50 times what I spend on toothbrushes in one year right now.

But it would only reduce my brushing time by about a factor between 15 and 25.

The economics are not worth it.

Re:No thanks. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021961)

If you really want to scrape the scum off the teeth (better than what tooth paste does), get the following items.

1. Cheap toothbrush
2. Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
3. Listerine mouthwash.

Nothing "de-scumifies" better! And you'll get over the test of Baking Soda as it leave a fresh feeling mouth.

Re:No thanks. (1)

sharknado (3217097) | 1 year,22 days | (#45025529)

I used baking soda toothpaste once in my life...it was salty and unpleasant. Maybe some people can deal with that, but in my mind, the minty = fresh association is the one that controls my toothpaste purchasing :)

I like my 4 minutes. (1)

niko9 (315647) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021671)

I do. Strange as it sounds, it gives me a few minutes to think midday or just before bed. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoy the 4 minutes I spend brushing my 2 year olds teeth.

Re:I like my 4 minutes. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45021765)

Just at lunch or before bed? GROSS! If you are gonna brush your teeth just one time a day, then it better be when you first get out of bed. You really enjoy rockin dragon breath until lunch? Ick. Also taking pleasure in brushing your little kids teeth sounds a little pedo if you ask me (which you didn't). You need to revisit your oral hygeine practices there buddy!

Re:I like my 4 minutes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45022283)

he's brushing his own teeths which he got 2 years ago.

Probably feels like chewing on a centipede (1)

MXB2001 (3023413) | 1 year,22 days | (#45021729)

Ugh.

Serious question. (1)

Amy Kent (2864677) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022269)

Wouldn't you need more than 6 seconds to ensure that the chemicals in the toothpaste have taken hold?

Re:Serious question. (1)

KritonK (949258) | 1 year,22 days | (#45023151)

Not really. Brushing works mainly by mechanical action. The "chemicals" are mostly there for flavor.

In this sense, 6 seconds seems just about right. My dentist recommends 7-10 passes with the toothbrush per tooth (or group of teeth, given that you can brush more than one tooth at the same time). Grinding your teeth for six seconds would make at least this number of passes.

If you ask your dentist how to brush your teeth properly, you'll learn that proper brushing also involves massaging your gums, which is something that I doubt this new-fangled contraption does. And good luck replacing flossing. If there's food stuck between your teeth, not only is the new toothbrush not going to remove it, but its functionality is going to be impaired, as well.

I would buy this. (1)

yotto (590067) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022545)

Surprised nobody has said they would buy this, though some could see the benefits. If it works as good as my electric (Oral B, one of those expensive ones with the charging base and the 30-second alert so you know to change quadrants) I'm all in. I hate brushing my teeth but do it pretty religiously, and if I can not do it for 2 minutes twice a day, sounds like a pretty good use of my money.

Someone else mentioned that they could brush easily after every meal and that seems a good idea as well. Also, whenever I don't brush it's because I'm late for somewhere. It's easy to say "Crap, I don't have time to brush" (even if it's a lie) when that time is 2 minutes sat in front of the mirror. Less so when it's 6 seconds you could presumably do while doing other things.

Re:I would buy this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 days | (#45033311)

You might want to consider just doing a half-ass job if you're lying to yourself about not having enough time to brush.

A half-ass (or even 1/4 ass) job is better than nothing.

Seriously, who's going to use this? (1)

durin (72931) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022553)

Who is in such a dire need of a quick brush that they need this? Is two minutes too much to spare these days?

Re:Seriously, who's going to use this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45023457)

Damn you kids and your Radar Ranges! Why, in my day if you wanted to cook something, you put corn cobs in the stove and waited for it to heat up.

And you know what? We were grateful!

But only 4 out of 5... (1)

zawarski (1381571) | 1 year,22 days | (#45022563)

...recommended it to their patients.

what people would really want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45024497)

is a mouthwash or chewing gum that could completely replace the brushing and flossing regimen. people don't need grossly overpriced toothbrushes... it's time to move beyond ~ 2000 year old tech.

Six Second Teeth (1)

RandomSkratch (876611) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024647)

But what happens when someone comes out with Five Second Teeth? Then you're in trouble...

Noooo NOT Five, I said SIX. No one's coming up with Five..Who brushes their teeth in five seconds?

Compacting debris into gums? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45024711)

I don't see how this devices brushes and rinses away debris. I see major problems with debris being forced into the gums, and it may be a killer flaw of the concept.

Otherwise I love the idea.

My hard-earned oral hygiene secret (1)

swb (14022) | 1 year,22 days | (#45024771)

I avoided the dentist for about 5 years because each visit was more like a trip to a confessional, with lots of criticism and guilt about not flossing. I was brushing my teeth about twice a day and they said I absolutely HAD to floss. I would try flossing but it would be a 35 minute ordeal and there was just no way I was going to spend that much time every day doing that.

After a filling broke I knew I had to go to the dentist but rather than go back to the asshole I figured I'd look into sedation dentistry -- I was sure I had a bunch of work needed and didn't want to come back five times for long appointments.

I made an appointment and basically outlined my situation -- my teeth are a train wreck, I know I need a lot of work but I hate being badgered. I'm paying you to fix my teeth, not treat me like a criminal. And I'm just not going to floss, period. Don't ask, it won't happen. The dentist was very understanding and after two sedation sessions, 3 crowns, a root canal and several fillings I was back to normal.

Because my gums were in bad shape, he made me a set of trays -- basically molds of my teeth -- that he had me fill with a peroxide gel once a day for 5 minutes and put in my mouth. After 6 months of this my gums were healthy and as a side bonus, had bleached away a lot of the coffee and cigarette stains. The gel was a prescription thing, filled out of a pharmacy in North Dakota. The prescription lapsed on me and I didn't get it renewed and switched to using Crest Pro-Health (with CPC) dental rinse twice a day when I brushed (morning & night).

At my next appointment I didn't tell them I stopped using the trays and my gums were as healthy as ever. I've kept doing this and haven't had a cavity or any degradation of my gums since. I think a good dental rinse (with CPC or some other antibacterial) is really key to good oral health. Even after brushing and rinsing with water, I'm amazed at what gets dislodged when rinsing with a CPC mouthwash.

Consumable Pricing (1)

sharknado (3217097) | 1 year,22 days | (#45025501)

Looking at the pictures, I don't get how the device cleans the outside of your teeth. I honestly can't see this achieving mass market success for a few reasons. First, the price needs to come down - as a consumable item, people aren't going to want to blow a lot of money on it. Then there are issues with cleaning / hygiene - lots of crap can get stuck in those bristles. Then there's the risk involved - people aren't willing to risk their dental hygiene on an untested / unproven technology. For most people, this means a recommendation from their dentist / hygienist.

Expensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45027763)

So, how much is 2 minutes worth to you. $400 for 6 seconds of your time, or $2 for 120 seconds of my time. I will choose the second option every time.

Calling out this project (1)

MikeDawg (721537) | 1 year,21 days | (#45028763)

I still don't understand why this has to be custom fit to your mouth/teeth, since every part of brushing is handled by the bristles, why does it matter if it is formed perfect for your teeth? I imagine, like most other products, this could be sized up to a small, medium, or large, or even have a brush that could be trimmed off (with scissors, like a mouthguard, for instance).

405 (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,21 days | (#45031087)

$405 dollars? WOW!!! Quick! Where can I buy one!

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