Philips launches 3D mapping toothbrush
The toothbrush comes with an app that will advise you on your mouth-cleaning skills. Philips

If you're worried that your brushing technique may not be up to scratch, Philips has just the thing for you. The company has introduced a new electric toothbrush that maps out the inside of your mouth as you brush and shows you which spots you need to pay more attention too.

The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected features sensors that can track in real-time the location of the brush in your mouth, how quickly you're brushing and how much pressure is being applied. It then sends this data to your smartphone via Bluetooth and presents you with a "3D mouth map" that identifies the areas of your gob where you're brushing too fast, too hard or neglecting completely.

The Sonicare app will highlight the areas in need of intention in various colours, and will even give you tips on how to improve your technique after brushing. Meanwhile, a "TouchUp" feature will advise you to go back in for a second attempt if it thinks you've missed a spot.

Philips hopes that its smart toothbrush will mean that patients don't forget everything they're told by their dental hygienist the moment they step out the door, and "motivate them to maintain good oral health habits between checkups".

Egbert van Acht, CEO of Philips' health and wellness unit, said: "At Philips we're constantly exploring how we can create meaningful innovations within our oral healthcare portfolio to make people's lives better. The mouth is the gateway to the body and as increasingly sophisticated diagnostic technology is built into oral health devices, data captured could help identify wider health issues."

The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is listed by the company as "coming soon", with an anticipated price tag around the $200 (£140, €177) mark.