THE BLOG
01/25/2016 04:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Smart Devices Help Kids Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth

Co-authored by Ariel Xi of HealthyBee

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This article was originally published on www.myhealthybee.com, a site that helps first-time parents discover baby tech products and make their pregnancy and newborn care a little more lovely.

This is the first of our Baby Tech & Mommy Tech reports covering the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. For the past two years, we have been going to CES in Las Vegas. Aside from attending numerous product launch parties, we dedicated the majority of our time learning about connected products designed for healthy babies and healthy moms. Our friends from Living In Digital Times and the Bump co-produced the first-ever Baby Tech Summit. One of the interesting areas we observed was the invasion of technology into kids' mouths in order to kickstart their dental health. Several product manufacturers are building smart products to make toothbrushing more fun for kids. In this article we describe five such products.

Grush, The Gaming Toothbrush
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I am a Bluetooth motion-sensing toothbrush coupled with interactive and instructive mobile games. I transform the chore of brushing into a fun and interactive game. I guide kids to brush at the proper angle (toward the gum line). I let parents track the results and reward kids.

Kolibree, Intelligent Sonic Toothbrush
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I am a connected toothbrush. I have 3D motion sensors that track the brushing areas in kids' mouths. I create an enjoyable family experience for brushing. You no longer have to endure the headache of constantly monitoring your kids' brushing habits. I teach children healthy habits and they have fun while doing it. I connect to an app that interprets qualitative and quantitative information about your kids' brushing habits.


Philips Sonicare for Kids

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I am an interactive toothbrush. I am also a mobile game controller. I make oral hygiene fun for kids while teaching them to brush properly on their own. I connect to a mobile app and turn toothbrushing into a fun game. I am good for kids ages 3 and up.

Playbrush
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I am not a conventional toothbrush. I am a smart device. I am also a toothbrushing mobile game. I transform any manual toothbrush into a game controller. I enable children to play instructional games while brushing their teeth.


Foreo Issa Mini, Electric Toothbrush for Kids

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I am a compact electric toothbrush for kids. Unlike other smart toothbrushes, I don't require an app or mobile phone. I merge a fun and bold silicone design with innovative Sonic Pulse Technology. I am suitable for ages 5 and up.

This new generation of smart toothbrushes can help kids develop and maintain healthy dental hygiene from a young age.