Monday, August 3, 2009

Oral Fixation

When you read facts like there are about 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush and toothbrushes must be kept at least 6 feet (two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush; you wanna re-think your oral hygiene options. Sanitizing toothbrushes is a way, and something like the Ultra Violet Sterilized Toothbrush System fits in. It consists of a UV base that sterilizes the brush once placed in the housing.

The base is an expandable one that can host 2-4 UV pods (for each brush) and plugs into the shaver socket commonly found in bathrooms. The brushes have a color coded band and the heads are replaceable, so discard them and use a fresh one after every few months.

Here are some random Toothbrush facts that you may/may not have known:

* Initially the bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck was attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.
* Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours.
* One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960.
* Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about 3 months and are not as effective as they once were.

Designer: Chris Anderson

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