What the Tech? The "Quip" electronic toothbrush
Technology has improved most of our daily tasks but one ritual has stayed the same our entire lives. Brushing our teeth.
Toothbrushes have improved but we still put toothpaste on bristles and physically move our arms back and forth in an attempt to get every tooth and the gum-line clean.
Electronic toothbrushes have become popular in recent years and one of the newest, the Quip, is rated by many dentists the best.
Most electric toothbrushes have rotating heads that move the bristles in circles as it brushes the teeth. The Quip's bristles vibrate rather than rotate but some dentists believe the Quip's other features are better for building good habits.
The Quip vibrates for 2 minutes, the ideal time for brushing teeth. You're instructed to use the Quip to brush areas of the mouth one at a time, starting in the back, then moving to the front, then to the other side. During the 2-minute vibration cycle, the toothbrush pulses after 30 seconds which tells you to move on to the next area. I found that to be helpful in making sure I spend the right amount of time trying to reach every tooth.
The Quip also sends a new brush-head every 3 months. Dentists recommend a new toothbrush or toothbrush head every 90 days. You can subscribe to Quip's service that will automatically ship a refill every 3 months for $10.
I used the Quip for about 4 months and found it to be good at keeping me on track to brush for 2 minutes each morning and evening. The Quip also has a travel case that doubles as a stand for keeping the brush from hitting the bathroom counter top or floor.
I also took the Quip to my dentist and asked the dental hygienist to try it as she cleaned my teeth. "It's easy to maneuver," said Angela Henderson. "It's good, and I like how it vibrates to remind me to move on to other teeth," she said.
The Quip is highly recommended by dentists and was named one of Time magazine's best inventions of 2016.
There are different models available. The one I tried is $40 with replacement heads being delivered every 3 months for $10 each.