The 10-second toothbrush: First new design in 1,400 years unveiled at CES

Telegraph Reporters

The humble toothbrush hasn’t changed drastically since the Chinese invented it in 619.

But now one French company is attempting to re-design the product for the first time in more than a century with a gadget that it claims can clean teeth in just 10 seconds.

FasTeesH’s £100 Y-Brush, which will be available in April, was showcased this week at the Consumer Technology Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The device looks like a mouthguard with hundreds of small nylon bristles laid out at 45-degree angles - the recommended angle of brushing.

Users place the Y-Brush over their upper teeth, along with some toothpaste, and press a power button to begin the cleaning process.

“Y-Brush functions like an electric toothbrush - a handle activates a brush with sonic vibrations, but its head is in the shape of a Y allowing complete coverage of all of the teeth,” the company claims.

FasTeesH’s £100 Y-Brush, which will be available in April, was showcased this week at the the Consumer Technology Show (CES) in Las Vegas

After five seconds, the user can flip over device to clean their lower teeth.

The entire process takes around 10 seconds, compared to the two minutes dentists recommended when using a normal toothbrush.

Y-Brush removes 15pc more plaque and brush each individual tooth for up to four times longer than a standard toothbrush, the company claims.

This isn’t the first time someone has created a brush that cleans several teeth simultaneously.

Amabrush, which also looks like a mouth guard, can dispense toothpaste and vibrates to clean teeth.

Unlike the Y-Brush, the system uses bespoke toothpaste capsules which cost £2.60 ($3.40) and last around one month.