CTV Tech Talk smart tooth technology

CTV Tech Talk smart tooth technology

This month on CTV Tech Talk we looked at smart tooth & dental technology.

We sampled a variety of toothbrushing gadgets from several companies.

Oral B Genius 8000

The Genius is a rechargeable electric toothbrush that uses vibration and an oscillating head to deep-clean your teeth. It also pairs with an app so that you can track and record your toothbrushing habits in real time and get feedback on how you’re doing.

Read the full review here or check out the video.

Philips Sonicare Platinum & Diamond

We checked out two brushes on the segment; the smart app-connected Platinum and the more basic electric toothbrush, the Diamond.

The Sonicare Platinum is a smart toothbrush that connects via Bluetooth with your smartphone to track your brushing patterns, coverage and time spent cleaning your teeth. It works without the app as a simple electric toothbrush and it’s fully rechargeable too.

The Sonicare Diamond is a gorgeous electric/rechargeable toothbrush, but unlike its Platinum cousin, it’s not smart and won’t connect to the app. It does have a timer function built in that will buzz you when it’s time to move from quadrant to quadrant of your mouth to ensure an even clean. It’s also got high tech induction charging.

The first thing I noticed is how appealing the overall package is. The brush actually won numerous product design awards back in 2012, so Philips has stuck with the sleek and modern design ever since.

The included travel case looks really cool and modern. The silver canvas casing hides a lime green interior which cradles the smooth white brush handle inside. The whole thing looks sleek and elegant.

Read the full review of the Platinum or Diamond here or watch the video below.

Foreo Issa ultrasonic toothbrush

The Issa is a silicone toothbrush that uses ultrasonic waves to clean and polish your teeth. The brush is made up of two parts; the base and the brush head, and the brush heads are interchangeable and replaceable.

I love the idea of this toothbrush; it incorporates both the vibrations of an electric toothbrush, with the softness of silicone, and the ability to keep it bacteria free, unlike most regular toothbrushes that are simply gross toothpaste residue and bacteria magnets.

Read the review or check out the video.

Blizzident 3D printed toothbrush

This toothbrush is made from a 3D digital scan of your teeth, and is built to precisely scrub each of your teeth individually with minimal effort.

To get one of these brushes, you’ll first need to get your mouth scanned so Blizzident can custom make your brush. In Calgary, I was able to have the needed scan done quickly and conveniently at Family Braces in the northwest. The scan is then sent along to Blizzident, who use the data to create the brush. (You can also have one of the old fashioned moulds made of your mouth and Blizzident can use that to form your brush).

3D scan done at Family Braces in Calgary (FamilyBraces.ca)

Similar in shape to a mouth guard, the Blizzident brush has tiny fibres or bristles that are tailored to your own teeth. They are lined up against the surface of your teeth and gumline on a 45 degree angle. There are also bristles that work between all your teeth.

To get more info about Blizzident, click here, and watch for a full review and demonstration video in the coming weeks here on the blog.

Tech Talk Contest Tech Talk Contest Winners

The contest to win a Foreo toothbrush or a Philips Sonicare smart Platinum is now closed. Congratulations to winners Phil Moir and Brittany Saunders!

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  1. Susan on April 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Hey Erin!
    These toothbrushes are really slick!
    The Phillips sonocare looks pretty cool!
    Can’t wait to win it! Lol

  2. Edy on April 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Never knew there were so many choices! Thank you

  3. Alan Jepson on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I’ve been meaning to try a electronic toothbrush but not sure which one. Great reviews to give me a idea what to look for!

  4. Terry Biccum on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Wow… Love the new technologies that are being made available these days.

  5. Vanessa Scott on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Who knew there was so much tech in toothbrushes. Thanks for the research.

  6. Brittany Saunders on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Hey Erin,

    I always watch CTV Morning Live Calgary and love when I see your segment on TV. Not only do you impress me with your knowledge on very advanced tech products, but you also help me make buying decision for myself and my family!

  7. Hicks on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Those were very neat toothbrushes this morning!!!!

  8. Sonja on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Wow – such cool toothbrush technology! Looking forward to cleaner teeth 🙂

  9. Gina Finstad on April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for the informative piece on technology and toothbrushes this morning on CTV! Wow- the technology is really moving fast.

  10. Janine Kerr on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love the info on Tech Talk segments!

  11. Chris on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I need me a new toothbrush. Thanks for the reviews.

  12. Mary-Lynne on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great tech talk today! I’d love to win one of those amazing toothbrushes!

  13. Romeo Tolentino on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for the tech information that you shares with us in your program at CTV!

  14. jeff gotta on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Excellent information thank you so much

  15. Harmony Waugh on April 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Thank you. It was very informative

  16. Mary Maxwell on April 18, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Who knew there were so many neat way to clean ones teeth. Super interesting. Thanks.

  17. Charlyn on April 18, 2017 at 7:30 am


  18. Deni on April 18, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Looking forward to some cleaner teeth!

  19. Moris Witt on April 18, 2017 at 7:31 am

    These toothbrushes are fantastic ! So amazing !

  20. Becki Mravunac on April 18, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Very cool technology in a toothbrush! We have a teenage son with sensory issues (autism) and this toothbrush would be really helpful with his daily brushing! 🙂

  21. Luis Leyva on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I have been using the Philip one for more than a 2 years I love it

  22. susan simpson on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I am a toothbrushing fanatic and always looking for new improved technology. Thanks for the great info this am!

  23. Jeff Caron on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Currently use a Braun/Oral B Sonic Complete. Works pretty good.

  24. Lia Thompson on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Would love to try the Fossa Issa tooth brush

  25. kurt on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    thanks Erin, your information as always is informative and valuable, all the best.

  26. Sedique majid on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Great stuff. I’m friends with my dentist and we both get excited about technology like this. Can’t believe you can brush your teeth in 6 seconds with that blizzident.

  27. Imooje Ogolo on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    great info on the tooth brushes, would like to win one

  28. Joy on April 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I would love to win any of these products!

  29. Angela Robinson on April 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Thanks Erin! I always find your Tech Talk very interesting!!

  30. Aaron De Souza on April 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I love it! Technology infused toothbrush​es or clean your teeth in 6 seconds? Who wouldn’t want that?

  31. Claire White on April 18, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Cool 😁

  32. Andrew on April 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I always wanted to try one of these toothbrushes
    I guess they are not all the same as I thought they were

  33. Wanda Leinweber on April 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hi Erin; I am really impressed with the Sonic recharger travelling case and the glass with the induction charging. That makes sense. May be time to change out my Sonic or get the ultimate would be the 6 second cleaning mould.

  34. Angela Macaro on April 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Always look forward to learning about new technology. Today’s contest would ‘smartly’ help reduce plaque and time at the dentist’s office.

  35. Rhea on April 18, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for reviewing these devices! I will definitely be looking to invest in one for each of my children to aid in fewer dentist visits.

  36. Sheree Caron on April 18, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Excellent review of the latest technology in dental hygiene. I’m a fanatic for toothbrush technology. Thanks for the information. Thanks Erin

  37. Keith on April 18, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Very interesting tech for the mouth.

    I have a question the tech used to create that full mouth, 6 sec toothbrush, can it be used to scan your mouth to create a denture?

    I have an upper denture, it would be nice the next time I need to replace it to not have those molds taken.


  38. Matt B on April 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    A great way to start the morning. Anything to help stay 1/2 asleep! 👍

  39. Jim Bruce on April 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great review of toothbrushes! Tried to buy one the other day and got confused by all the choices out there. Planned on researching more but now I don’t have to!

  40. Laura Thompson on April 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Fantastic toothbrushes!

  41. Charlene on April 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Loved your segment on CTV Morning News Today! The 3D Blizzident Toothbrush really has my attention.

  42. Angela on April 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I’ve just been to the dentist and he’s telling me that I brush too hard. I need a “smart toothbrush” as I seem to clean everything with the same pressure as scrubbing the tub! HELP!!

  43. Kathy Harder on April 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    So would love one of these toothbrushes!! Tech Talk really helps explaining how some of the new technology works, thanks Erin!

  44. Scott Postill on April 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Great Gadgets!!

  45. Cindy on April 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Love your segments on CTV! Just signed up for your website to learn more. I haven’t worked for 2 years and have no dental coverage so one of these toothbrushes would be awesome to win!

  46. Brett on April 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

    These are the best toothbrushes out there. Would love one.

  47. Reg Pitt on April 18, 2017 at 9:30 am


  48. Lanette on April 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I would love to win a cool new toothbrush. Then I will be able to retire my worn out Crest Spin brush.

  49. Maritess on April 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    WOW!!! Even brushing our teeth is getting high-tech.

  50. Erica Lister on April 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoy watching your segment in the morning, great job!

  51. Sharon Braglin on April 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Some great new products on today’s segment of the morning show. Would love to win this contest.

  52. Rhonda Braglin on April 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Really like the way you explain the new gadgets. Winning this toothbrush would be awesome!

  53. Carol Braglin on April 19, 2017 at 12:14 am

    These toothbrushes sound very high tech. Would be a great to win one.

  54. Terry Braglin on April 19, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Your segments are very informing. Really enjoy learning about new things and then to get an opportunity to win one is a real bonus!

  55. Joan Gottfried on April 19, 2017 at 12:17 am

    really like that Foreo toothbrush. Hope I win.

  56. Rhonda Braglin on April 19, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Great toothbrushes. Your description of how they work is also great. Good job,

  57. Melissa Royer on April 19, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I hate going to the dentist. So i am always interested in new and better ways to clean my teeth. I hope I am lucky enough to win one.

  58. Candace Webber on April 19, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Great products and great information.

  59. Eileen Braglin on April 19, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Very interesting products.

  60. Adeline Wieler on April 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

    It is not easy keeping up with so many new tech products but you really explain them well and review such interesting ones

  61. Cynthia Anderson on April 19, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Great toothbrushes. Good job of keeping us up on all these technologies.

  62. Matt B on April 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Yay teeth! A few are wise. Most aren’t.

  63. Rhea on April 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Can’t say it enough, thank you for highlighting these products!

  64. Laura Thompson on April 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you for the tips on toothbrushes. My best friend has cerebral palsy and I think this will help her gain a bit of independace with her oral care!

  65. Charlene on April 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Very valuable info. Thanks! I have a regular Oral B, but would certainly love to try any of the other options.

  66. Chloe on April 20, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Its amazing how far dental care has come!

  67. Matt B on April 20, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I like cake!
    Therefore I am sure these will clean the pearly whites well…in between cake sessions.
    Hmmm…cake!! 🍰🎂

  68. Maritess on April 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the chance 😁

  69. P on April 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Hi Erin, toothbrush technology is just crazy interesting. An app that watches me brush compared to me buying the 1 dollar special toothbrush….maybe if I win my dentist will quit bugging me about brushing too hard!

  70. Philip Moir on April 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Ooops, hit enter instead of filling in my full name.

  71. Maritess on April 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Can you do a feature on high-tech and smart outdoor living devices.

    • Erin L on April 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Yes! I’m working on something now for later this season. Meantime do search the blog here for ‘Playbulb’ devices as well as ‘Lightify’ and ‘Husqvarna’ to read about some that I’ve reviewed so far. 😉

  72. Gabrielle on April 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    what excellent products! Thank you for sharing!

  73. Matt B on April 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Dentists have their own flossify on how to keep teeth clean.😀👍

  74. phil on April 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks – that was a great segment. My teeth thank you for it. 😀