Korean startup Smartooth uses smart technology to track dental hygiene

You can now brush off your dental hygiene worries, thanks to Smartooth. The Korean startup company, started by a team of dental healthcare experts, is developing a dental diagnostic device for home use which will help in early detection of dental problems such as tooth decay, inflammation, infection, etc. With one swab on the tooth surface, the user can instantly get a result displayed on an LED surface. This can help them know when the next visit to the dentist is due!

Smart technology for a wider smile

The device consists of the main body with an LED display and a micro-sensor tip which is disposable and replaceable. The tip of the product is advised to be replaced every 2 weeks and, in a year, the user would require 24 tips. The ergonomic design helps you swab the surface of the tooth easily. If the light on the LED is red, it indicates you must go see the dentist, yellow would mean ‘keep your eyes open’ and green light would mean there is nothing to worry about and that your teeth are in perfect condition! Since oral condition is affected by genetic reasons, the company recommends each family member purchase a product each.

Smart choice to switch over to

According to data, out of the 500,000 dental implant patients in the US, 20% require re-surgery. However, with Smartooth, by diagnosing the root of the problem, many surgeries can be easily avoided. In a survey, it has been found that 8 or 9 out of 10 persons will purchase the product after it is recommended to them.

Smartooth has 2 patent applications and over 10 SCI research papers. The team comprises 4 experts in dental science including two PhDs and 2 mechanical engineering experts.The company expects to make $20 million in sales revenue when assuming 5% of dental implants patients purchase Smartooth priced at $80.

Smartooth’s team will be attending the GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK to be held from October 6 to 10 in Dubai, supported by the Korea Institute of Startups & Entrepreneurship Development (KISED). The GITEX is the biggest tech show in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia that attracts many prominent leaders from global companies, major media outlets, and influential investors.

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