No Fuss To Brush

Brushing your teeth just got a whole lot easier, especially if you’re living with mobility limits

Keeping your teeth clean and breath fresh isn’t the easiest thing to do if you have limited or no arm mobility. However, a new device from a French company called FasTeesH might not only make that task simpler but quicker, too.

The Y Brush
The Y-Brush promises to get your teeth clean in as little as 10-seconds. (Photo Andy Nemann).

The Y-Brush is an automatic, electronic tooth brushing device that looks more like a sports mouth guard and cleans all your teeth in just 10 seconds. Debuting this month in the Eureka Boulevard section of the massive consumer electronics show called CES in Las Vegas, the device simultaneously deep cleans your teeth and requires no manual brushing. Load the Y-Brush with your favorite brand of toothpaste, place it on your lower or upper row of teeth, start it up, make a chewing motion and in just 5 seconds, the device uses sonic vibrating technology to quickly clean your teeth. When it’s finished, just flip it over and clean your other row of teeth.

Despite its simple nature, a device such as the Y-Brush can make one part of personal hygiene easier and quicker for those who have trouble moving their arms or can’t use them at all because of quadriplegia. The brush can also be a game-changer for caregivers who would no longer have to brush their clients’ or loved ones’ teeth for them.

Y-Brush makers say the device uses the Bass method, which is a brushing movement that consists of tilting the toothbrush head at a 45-degree angle while making a rolling motion. Y-Brush creators say that if you go by the average recommended brushing time of 2 minutes, the surface of each tooth should be brushed for 1.25 seconds, which means their device is cleaning your teeth four times longer than a manual or electric toothbrush.

Tested over three years, the Y-Brush is said to remove 15% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. It features three vibration modes to adapt to your sensitivity. The nylon bristles are also rounded at the end, so they don’t brush your teeth too aggressively. Brushes come in sizes for adults and children and are supposed to last six months. The charge on the power device will last for a month based on using it twice a day.

The standard kit that includes one brush, power base, storage stand and charging cord runs $125. Additional brushes cost $30.

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