Bluetooth may be a connectivity feature you are more used to on your smartphone for sharing files, streaming music and calls to speakers and headphones and more.
The whole concept of it on a toothbrush seems a bit ridiculous. But, the ridiculous is here.
Oral-B are the first brand to put Bluetooth into a toothbrush.
Do not be put off by what you may consider as a gimmick. It does actually work and for some will add real value. In this post, we therefore explain Oral-B Bluetooth Connectivity; what it is, how it works, and how you can make use of it.
What is Bluetooth connectivity?
Bluetooth connectivity is a wireless standard for short-range interconnection between electronic devices.
It is this technology in your toothbrush, smartphone or tablet that allow the brush and your mobile product to communicate and capture relevant data.
Oral-B Bluetooth connectivity: how it works, explained
This is not an explanation of exactly how Bluetooth works, but how it works in relation to the toothbrush.
You need a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet that has Bluetooth and can run the Oral-B app.
On your Apple or Android device download the Oral-B app from the app store.
You can get the iOS app HERE.
You can get the Android app HERE.
Once you have the app downloaded, you need to turn on Bluetooth from the settings on your device.
When on, pick up the brush and follow the directions on screen for pairing the brush. This is usually by turning the brush on or pressing the cleaning mode button.
When this is complete a data connection exists between the brush and your mobile device and the two can communicate.
Both products will send data back and forth between them.
The brush can send data to an app, such as how long it has been brushing for and if too much pressure has been applied when brushing.
The app can in turn send data back to the brush such as changing the cleaning modes available, cleaning time and more.
It is the app that is the interface for all the data that is transferred, without it you could do very little.
The sharing of data between toothbrush and smartphone is intended to assist the user in creating better brushing technique and habits.
The smart series brushes can hold up to 20 cleans worth of data so you need not constantly have the two connected. In fact you need the brush active or press the cleaning mode button to enable connectivity.
Oral-B Bluetooth connectivity demonstration
In the following video we show the Bluetooth connectivity in action on a series of Oral-B power brushes.
If you make 5 cleans without pairing to the app, the next time a connection is made, the data will be synced back to the brush.
All this data is then logged within the app. You can see when you brushed, for how long, what records you have hit and more.
If you use the app at the same time as the brush, you will see a timer on screen showing how long you have been brushing for and how well you are doing. It will show if too much pressure is applied and what cleaning mode you are using.
The whole purpose is to log your activity and help make improvements. The app can intelligently make suggestions and provide tips to improve your oral healthcare routine.