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Brushing your teeth will never be the same again thanks to this app

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We're not here to patronise you - you're a grown adult, you know how to brush your teeth.

It's just... well, it's a bit dull isn't it? There are no high scores, no power combos or unlockable challenges - just minty paste and spitting.

Japanese tech group Sunstar thinks you could be having much more fun with your mouth (steady) by turning it into a video game. Really.

They've launched G.U.M. Play - a small device that attaches to the base of your toothbrush to monitor your brush strokes, analysing your technique to ensure you're brushing effectively.

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"The usual three minutes of brushing will turn into an exhilarating three minutes of discovery." We're honestly not making this up - it's all right here, on the G.U.M. Play website.  

With your smart brush activated (there are flashing LEDs and everything), you can select one of three games to play via a connected smartphone:

  • Mouth Monster sees you use your toothbrush to defeat monster characters based on actual oral bacteria. One for the kids, this.
  • Mouth Band is like Guitar Hero for your teeth, playing three minutes of music dictated by your brushing style
  • Mouth News isn't so much a game as an audio news reader that'll only play if you're brushing like a good boy

Data from these games is then recorded in your Mouth Log, showing you the duration of your brushing and which parts of your mouth you might be neglecting - giving you a score for all 16 (?!) areas of your mouth.

At 5,000 Yen (about £35), the device is actually cheaper than the average electric brush. You can import one here

Here's hoping they bring out a flossing companion app in the near future. 

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