Manual Toothbrush, Electric Toothbrush, Smart Toothbrush?

In this wonderful age of technology, everything seems to be getting smarter — including your toothbrush! That’s the message from the makers of what is billed as the world’s first Internet-connected toothbrush. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction television program.

This “smart toothbrush” was unveiled Sunday at a preview event for the Consumer Electronics Show. The device includes a sensor that detects how much plaque is being removed during one session of tooth-brushing. It also records brushing activity so users can maintain a consistent amount of cleaning each time.

The new toothbrush conveys the information wirelessly to a smartphone app — a particularly useful aid for parents who want to monitor the teeth-cleaning endeavors of their young children.

But the app can also tell users if they have missed hard-to-clean areas or places that they are not getting while brushing. Graphs and images encourage a little competition to improve.

Orders will be available this summer and the toothbrush will run between $99 and $200, depending on the model. These smart toothbrushes include the free mobile app.