Two to three minutes passes pretty quickly when you’re running late for work, or snoozing your alarm — but it doesn’t seem to pass nearly as quickly when you’re brushing your teeth. The recommended length of time for this twice daily oral hygiene routine may not seem like long, but sometimes when all you want to do is climb into bed at the end of the day and go to sleep, or when it’s the last thing on your morning to-do list before you leave the house, it can seem like an eternity.
That may be why this new toothbrush is creating some buzz: The Amabrush claims to be able to brush your teeth just as effectively in ten seconds flat.
How Amabrush Works
Amabrush is similar to an electric toothbrush in that it aims to take the “brushing” motion out of tooth brushing. But unlike an electric or a traditional toothbrush, Amabrush speeds up the process by tackling all your teeth at once.
Described as a sports mouthguard with thousands of bristles and a rechargeable “toothpaste ball,” this brush was invented to be a sort of tooth-brushing robot, simplifying this daily task the same way that we aim to simplify other daily tasks with robots like self-driving cars. You simply bite down on the mouthguard-style brush, turn it on, and it supposedly cleans your teeth fully in just ten seconds.
The creators are eager to discuss how much time this product will save you — over 100 days of your life, they claim — and they rightfully point out that the average person doesn’t brush their teeth for as long as recommended. In fact, more than 30% of Americans don’t even brush their teeth twice a day, let alone for the recommended length of time. But is Amabrush the answer?
Can Toothbrushing Be Reinvented?
We’ve been brushing our teeth for literal thousands of years — in fact, we have evidence of tooth brushing as far back as 3000 BC. And while electric toothbrushes are often recommended for people who lack the motor function to brush well, such as the elderly, there is very little information supporting their superiority to the standard toothbrush.
In the end, as eager as we seem to be to simplify tooth brushing, the fact remains that it is already a very simple process. Dedicating a few minutes a day to carefully and thoughtfully keeping up your oral hygiene doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. And while the Amabrush may indeed speed up the process, we have yet to see whether or not it’s as effective as simply taking a few extra minutes out of your day and cleaning each of your teeth manually. Everyone’s mouth is different, and you may have areas that a manual toothbrush can reach more easily and effectively than an automated one.
Not to mention that taking a few calm minute to brush your teeth can even benefit your mental health. Maybe it’s best to allow a few minutes of tooth brushing every day to be experienced, rather than adding it to the list of minutes of our life that we hurtle through at top speed on our way to the next thing.
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