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Blizzident "toothbrush" is claimed to clean your teeth in 6 seconds

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October 2, 2013

With the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete...

With the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete cleaning of the teeth can reportedly be accomplished in just six seconds

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When it comes to things that people don't do as often or as well as they should, tooth-brushing would have to be at the top of the list. While it usually just comes down to laziness, a lot of people claim that they don't brush their teeth properly because they don't have time. Well, with the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete cleaning of the teeth can reportedly be accomplished in just six seconds.

Before they can receive a Blizzident, users first have to go to their dentist and get an impression made of their teeth. Next, a 3D digital model of that impression is uploaded to the Blizzident company's server. The company proceeds to create a 3D-printed plastic negative mold of the teeth, which is lined with approximately 400 toothbrush-style angled bristles. That mold is the actual Blizzident toothbrush, and is sent to the buyer.

To brush their teeth, users just put the Blizzident into their mouth, bite up and down into it, and grind their teeth back and forth. Because it's an exact fit for their teeth, six seconds of chomping and grinding is reportedly long enough for the bristles to get into all the nooks and crannies, including between teeth and along the gum line.

If they wish to, users can also thread dental floss between the individual tooth impressions on the Blizzident, causing that floss to be pushed up between the teeth when they bite down. A role of floss can be held in a dispenser on the front of the brush.

Finally, a tongue scraper/brush bridges the top of the toothbrush. Users just run their tongue back and forth against it.

One Blizzident is said to be good for a year of use, after which users can get a completely new one, or send their old one in for cleaning and re-bristling. A buyer's first brush will cost them US$299, with subsequent replacement units priced at $159, and refurbishments of existing units costing $89. The company also notes that getting the initial impression made by a local dentist should cost between $75 and $200, depending on the technique used.

Animation depicting how the brush is claimed to work can be seen in the video below.

Source: Blizzident via Quartz

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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8 Comments

both awesome and disgusting

Racqia Dvorak
2nd October, 2013 @ 07:25 pm PDT

Since you could do this sitting in front of the TV without grossing your family out people would probably do this type of thing for longer than they brush.

Replacements sound like a project for a 3D printer wizz.

Ozuzi
2nd October, 2013 @ 08:37 pm PDT

silly

what am i going to do with the other 1:54 anyway?

wle
3rd October, 2013 @ 09:27 am PDT

Unbelievable! People waste so much precious time on social media, email, gaming, and whatnot yet they can't find a minimum of 2+ minutes to give their oral hygiene a thorough cleaning with a quality and far less expensive toothbrush and strand of dental floss.

I value my teeth and gums. 6 seconds will not cut it for my routine. Somehow, I see this device as a 'fail'. I'll stick to old fashioned tooth brushing, toothpaste, and spitting into my bathroom sink.

mvp
3rd October, 2013 @ 10:01 am PDT

Unconvincing, considering how effective the high speed bristles of a "sonic" Philips or Oral-B electric toothbrush are. You simply can't replace those fast movements with a few lazy chews and expect the same results.

moreover
3rd October, 2013 @ 10:17 am PDT

This is great for people with dementia, early on. I think it should be marketed to dentists who see dementia patients. Yes, I have early stage dementia, genetically based. If it could have a non-harmful flavor added for each use, it may be even easier to get the demented persons to use it.

chatbratstar
3rd October, 2013 @ 11:29 am PDT

I know why this is a good idea, it's because brushing your teeth conventionally is a nuisance. Flossing is even more so.

Even if it's only 2 minutes, it's still a hassle.

My only concern is clean-up afterwards. All those bristles have a lot of surface area to grow bacteria on. I throw my regular toothbrushes in the dishwasher - why not??

I think this is a good idea if you can clean it in the dishwasher.

Grunchy
3rd October, 2013 @ 07:43 pm PDT

I've read this article and now I'm a bit scared - is really not flossing on regular basis connected with heart disease? Where can I find more information?

Sharif Alam
12th October, 2013 @ 03:36 am PDT
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