Skip to main content

Too much, too little? Oral-B’s iO toothbrush knows if you’re brushing just right

Nothing starts the day off right quite like a clean mouth. While a normal toothbrush can do a fine job of cleaning your teeth, it doesn’t compare to the cleaning power of a smart electric toothbrush. The Oral-B iO 7 Series is a brand-new offering from Oral-B that is the result of six years of research with dental professionals. It knows if you’re applying too much pressure while brushing.

The iO series first debuted at CES 2020 where it won a number of different awards, including the “Best of” awards from Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and several others. It also led to Oral-B being named one of 2020’s CES Innovation Award Honorees. It is the latest entry in the world of smart toothbrushes, with innovations that make it one of the most comprehensive offerings on the market.

According to Oral-B, users experienced dramatic results compared to using normal toothbrushes. The company reports 100% healthier gums in just a single week of use, with six times more plaque removal along the gumline. What’s more, 83% of patients with gingivitis moved from unhealthy to healthy gums in just eight weeks of use.

The Oral-B iO accomplishes this through its signature round brush head that combines oscillating, rotating movements that deeply clean between teeth. It also uses a bimodal pressure sensor to provide feedback on how much pressure you’re using when brushing. This feedback comes via the app. The Oral-B iO app greets users and provides coaching and motivation. There are seven different brushing modes to help personalize your experience.

The Linear Magnetic Drive produces controlled, precise vibrations that give a deeper clean while keeping the brush quieter than previous models. It means the brush can be used without creating too much noise, avoiding waking your partner in the morning if you have different sleep schedules.

The Oral-B iO is now available for purchase at stores nationwide, as well as online. It starts at $200 and is available in four colors: Black Anthracite, Violet Ametrine, Rose Quartz, and White Alabaster. If you’re looking for a way to improve your dental hygiene without expensive dentist visits, invest in a great smart toothbrush and bring that fresh-from-the dentist feel into your home.

Editors' Recommendations

Patrick Hearn
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Patrick Hearn writes about smart home technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, smart light bulbs, and more. If it's a…
New Oral-B toothbrush uses location tracking to check your brushing technique
oral b genius toothbrush location tracking technology lifestyle

A fully connected intelligent toothbrush might be a little creepy, if so many of us didn’t know that we could probably be a lot better when it comes to dental hygiene. Oral-B has the proof that we’re slacking when it comes to brushing, and the solution. The firm created the Oral-B Genius, an electric toothbrush with location tracking technology. Alongside the Oral-B mobile app (for iOS and Android), the toothbrush works to determine exactly which parts of your mouth need more attention.

MWC 2016: Motorola unveils fully wireless Verve Ones earbuds

Read more
When this disc glows red, you know you’re using too much water
oasys smart water meter glows when you waste h2o oaysys sideviewbluehorizontal

Water bills can be a bit of a mystery. Just what’s putting a drain on your wallet? The dishwasher? Your 20-minute showers? The sprinklers? Barcelona startup Oasys is the latest company that wants to give you an insight into your H2O usage. While it won’t quite give you that level of detail, it is designed to help you track your usage before you open your bill, so you can adjust your habits accordingly.

Similar to another recent Kickstarter, Fluid, the Oasys has a sensor that fits around the outside of your water main, so you don’t need to take apart any pipes. But the Oasys goes a step further with a second device that visually illustrates how much water you’re using.

Read more
Attack the plaque with a smart toothbrush that knows where you haven’t brushed
lifebrush is a smart toothbrush that shows where to brush

Brushing once a day helps to keep plaque away, and a new ultrasonic toothbrush may soon serve as a giant dental hygiene leap for mankind.

Dr. William Richter, a Michigan-based dentist, has long witnessed the complications associated with poor brushing habits. In fact, the CDC estimates nearly half of American adults have periodontal disease. Meanwhile, kids lose 51 million school hours annually to address dental issues and cavities are the "most common chronic disease" for children and adolescents, according to the CDC.

Read more