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Tales from the Tooth: Big Brother is Brushing

When I brought up the subject of kids lying about brushing their teeth, one of my nerdier friends mentioned that he had a buddy that was working on a Bluetooth toothbrush that would wirelessly submit your child’s brushing habits to an app on your phone each day.

The eight year old kid in me started to scheme ways to game the Bluetooth toothbrush. I mean, unless it measured relative oral humidity and exact brush location within a child’s mouth, there’s no way of knowing if the kid actually did a good job brushing or not. Personally I don’t want anyone or anything knowing that much about my mouth aside from my dentist, which leads me to wonder, is technology really necessary when it comes to oral care?


In all honesty, Cody, Addie and I all have very advanced toothbrushes. Battery operated toothbrushes seem like such a silly luxury, why spend a lot of money on something your wrist can do for free? But the heath of our teeth has never been better, not to mention it keeps you far more mindful of the recommended brushing time of two minutes. Sometimes brushing for two minutes feels like an eternity while other times it seems to go by quickly, I know for a fact that unless I had an actual timer in front of my face, I never brushed for the two whole minutes growing up (sorry Dr. Hicks.)

Back to the Bluetooth toothbrush, I’m guessing the pricetag would be similar to that of our fancy toothbrushes, if not more. I mean, I have a lot of apps that keep track of a lot of things on my phone, but toothbrushing? I can sit and watch her brush her teeth for the two full minutes for free, not sure it’s worth spending more just so my phone can tell me it was done or not done. Not to mention a toothbrush wouldn’t be able to keep track of flossing and rinsing as well.

Then again, can you imagine me being able to bust her for not brushing her teeth when I’m away on a business trip? Now that would intoxicate me with power ever so slightly.

What do you think? Would you invest in a Bluetooth powered toothbrush for your children?

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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