The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, but if you can't seem to spare that time, there may be a new toothbrush for you. The creators of the 3-D printed Blizzident claim that their toothbrush can clean your teeth, tongue and gums – and floss – in six seconds.
The Blizzident looks similar to a bristle-filled mouth guard. To brush their teeth, all the wearer has to do is bite down and grind their teeth on the device 10 to 15 times. The makers of the gadget say that this process is equivalent to using a manual toothbrush for three minutes.
Although the ADA has not evaluated the product or taken an official stance on its use, some dentists are already skeptical about its capability to clean teeth. Dr. Mark Wolff, a dean at New York University's School of Dentistry, told ABC News that while the Blizzident is a "novel idea," more research is needed to determine whether or not it would contribute to a person's oral health over a long period of time.
"There's some things that don't make sense about this," Wolff said to the source. "I guess [it's] for the man who has everything. I don't see the general applicability, to tell the truth. Could it work? The answer is yes, but I approach it with a sense of skepticism."
Whether or not you're interested in this product, individuals with orthodontic braces should remember that brushing and flossing twice a day is essential for keeping your teeth clean and keeping your treatment on schedule. If you're interested in learning more about braces, reach out to a New York City Orthodontist today.