Apparently this type of quantitative feedback can help motivate some people to stick to their health goals. Personally, I've never been interested, but maybe that's because the one area where I never lack motivation is my health, especially in terms of nutrition, exercise and sleep.
One frequently overlooked but critical aspect of personal health care is oral hygiene. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is not just a matter of keeping your pearly whites beautiful and preventing bad breath. Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease and other systemic inflammatory responses.
If you need a bit of a kick in the pants about your oral hygiene and love gadgets, you will want to check out Oral B's new Smartseries electric toothbrushes with Bluetooth. If you download the free Oral B app, available for both iOS and Android, you can track all your oral care habits electronically. This can help you identify shortcomings in your behaviour, and problem zones in your mouth. You can also share the data with your dentist. Now, admittedly, this would be helpful for me as my dentist always asks how long I brush for, and how hard I brush (because I have a lot of enamel wear). While I know how many times per day I brush, I never bother to time myself nor remember to do so. And how hard am I brushing? I dunno! The pressure sensor alert is going to be the most useful thing for me, and I certainly like now clean my teeth feel afterwards.
Here is a little bit more info about these brushes:
Of course, these cost more than your usual toothbrush, generally retailing for at least $130, but if you think it will really make a difference in your oral hygiene habits, it may be worth it. Also, since the brushes are replaceable, it can last you a very long time.
If you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday gift-giving list, this might just be the perfect thing!
Disclosure: I was sent this product at no charge but all opinions on this blog are my own.