Teeth-embedded sensors offer dentists data on patients’ cleaning habits

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Consumers worried about their dental health have already been able to take matters into their own hands with the Beam Toothbrush, which quantifies their teeth cleaning regime. But now researchers in Taiwan have developed a prototype for teeth-embedded sensors that could recognize oral activity such as eating, drinking, smoking and teeth cleaning and deliver the data to dentists. Created by the team at the UbiComp Laboratory – part of the National Taiwan University – the system involves a small chip with an accelerometer and Bluetooth connection that is embedded inside an artificial tooth. The sensor uses motion to detect which…

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