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Company introduces world’s first smart floss dispenser

By Dental Tribune International
December 01, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif., USA: For prevention of dental disease, the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from interproximal areas that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. However, only a quarter of people use dental floss on a regular basis. In order to address this issue and improve oral health care, a U.S. company has now introduced floss|time, a novel smart floss dispenser.

The patent-pending floss|time can easily be mounted to the bathroom mirror or wall and automatically dispenses 18 in. of floss at the push of a button. After floss has been dispensed, the device starts a 90-second flossing timer in the form of blue-glowing quadrants that move clockwise around the circular light ring, indicating how long the user should floss each quadrant of his or her mouth. Upon completion, floss|time will light up with a blue smile. If not used daily, an orange frown or reminder light cues the user that it is time to floss again.

The device has a single- and dual-user mode and can thus be shared by two people. It can also be individualized using animal snap-ons to make flossing more appealing to children.

The use of dental floss is generally recommended in addition to daily toothbrushing. Insufficient flossing has been associated with an increased risk of caries and periodontal disease, which have been linked to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Floss|time was created by a team of designers, Ph.D.s and engineers. In addition to the device’s functional properties, the team paid great attention to its esthetic aspects, such as elegant LED lightning. They believe that their invention will help establish long-term flossing habits. The group is currently raising money for the manufacture of floss|time through the Kickstarter funding platform, which will help finance the first production run.

The funding initiative at Kickstarter ends on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. (CET).

More information about the dispenser can be found at www.flosstime.com.

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