We all know what they are. Little plastic handles with bristles at one end.
They come in assorted colours and sizes.
Just kidding. It's a barbecue brush. Well, that's what the label said.
Way back in the mists of time, someone, somewhere, decided to chew on a twig, (no one knows why, but thank you Og)
Or the first salesman!
Of course these days most are made of plastic (isn't everything?) with nylon bristles.
But now there are all sorts of improvements.
Looks to me more like a toothpick for getting bits of mastodon from between the teeth.
Much like the toothbrush itself is meant to do.
I don't think I'd like to be rubbing that spike over my gums to massage them.
There are also many varieties of battery operated toothbrushes with "scientifically advanced" brush heads that vibrate. Or spin. Or both.
A virtual party for the mouth those would be.
Is all this fancy advancement really necessary? Or are we being taken for a ride via our wallets?
For most of my life I have brushed my teeth with a regular, cheap soft bristled toothbrush, being sure to brush over the gums as well, (massage) and wriggle the tips of the bristles as much as I can between the teeth down at gum level. And now there's dental floss involved as well.
After a good rinsing, I'll use those same bristles to brush my tongue and then rinse the brush again.
(Yes, I have bad teeth, but every time I go to the dentist I'm told my teeth are clean and my brushing methods are good. The problem is inherited, I have a tendency to nerve inflammation and/or abcsesses which can only be fixed with extraction or root canal work.)
Now, (actually several months or a couple of years ago), there is the water pick.
Electrically operated, it shoot a tiny jet of water through the teeth and around the gums, dislodging food debris and making the mouth cleaner than clean.
I haven't researched this at all, so I don't know if you are supposed to brush first then follow up with the water pick, or water pick first then brush away as usual, or not brush at all.
But it seems to me, this is the best improvement yet.
10 hours ago