Force-Sensitive Classic Toothbrush: System Analysis, Design, and Simulation


Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka, Bangladesh

ELECTRICA 2021; 21: 189-202
DOI: 10.5152/electrica.2021.21007
Read: 187 Downloads: 34 Published: 27 May 2021

Starting from the chewing stick to the smart toothbrush, methods of brushing the teeth in the elite society have improved greatly. But so far, the usage of manual toothbrushes is much higher than that of the automatic ones. Brushing is an everyday practice; it is very important to ensure a constant, applied force in the range of 1.0-2.5 Newtons, and duration should be 2-4 minutes. Excessive pressure on the teeth will damage the gums and enamels. Conversely, insufficient pressure and shorter duration will not serve the purpose of brushing. Brushing teeth with a classic toothbrush results in uncertainty in terms of applied pressure and duration. Thus, improvement in the general design of the classic toothbrush is necessary. This paper presents the design of a force-sensitive classic toothbrush which will ensure the pressure applied during brushing is in between a certain minimum and maximum. The classic toothbrush with a smart sensing capability will enhance the brushing exercise and make it more efficient and effective. A tiny circuit was designed for sensing, decision making, and indication of applied forces. The system was modeled using simulations, and a prototype was developed. The prototype was tested with several weights (50 g–300 g). The results show the viability of the proposed system for practical applications in the general market.

Cite this article as: M. Akhtaruzzaman, “Force-Sensitive Classic Toothbrush: System Analysis, Design, and Simulation”, Electrica, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 189-202, May, 2021.

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