People who grind their teeth due to medications, psychological stress, or some other reason oftentimes don’t even know that they’re doing it. Engineers at the University of Florida have developed a smart mouth guard that can detect when a patient grinds his teeth, issuing warnings to stop and letting their dentist know they have a problem.
The device has a sensor within that detect the characteristic vibrations of teeth grinding against each other. A Bluetooth radio within the mouth guard can pair with a smartphone to send readings that can be reviewed later and sound alarms to stop grinding right now.
The mouth guard is currently outfitted with only one type of sensor, but the researchers plan to expand its capabilities to be able to measure body temperature and levels of hydration, as well as include accelerometers that can detect potential concussions.
Source: University of Florida…