Thanks, Sheila Stewart (@sheilaspeaking) for the idea.
She sent me this inspiration…
Yesterday I stood for about 10 minutes looking through the rows of toothbrushes at shoppers drug mart. I finally found one with bristle contour and size and texture and…. that I thought would be suitable and thought to myself “whatever happened to the basic toothbrush?” Haha.. if you need a silly topic sometime!
Actually, I don’t think it’s a silly topic. After all, it’s a life’s profession for dentists and dental technicians!
Thinking back to my childhood, I don’t suppose that I was much different from most kids. I hated brushing my teeth. I’d try to sneak out of the house to get to school before mom nagged me. Ditto for after supper and then going to bed. It was always the same question.
Did you brush your teeth?
If we said yes, often we had to prove it with a kiss. For us, there wasn’t much technology involved. Just a plastic stick with some clear plastic bristles. There was nothing fancy about the toothpaste either. It was either Colgate or Crest; whatever was on sale.
Things certainly are different now. I can picture both the local Rexall and Shopper’s tooth aisle. Product everywhere with all kinds of promises for whiter teeth, better hygiene, and great breath all the time with fewer cavities. And they’re all ergonomically designed for the best performance, I guess. The only time I even get the opportunity for an old-school plain tooth brush is the freebie I get when I make my annual visit to the dentist.
These days, I use an electric tooth brush – you know the one that’s shaped like the tool the dentist uses. And, it’s got a timer for each of top and bottom, inside and outside. The first time I used it, I realized that if the timer was true, I didn’t spent nearly as much time brushing all my life!
Your thoughts for a Sunday.
- These days – electric or manual?
- Crest or Colgate or something else? Do you have product loyalty?
- Were you a handful as a child with your parents going nuts trying to get you to brush?
- How about your own kids? Do they brush without nagging?
- After all that work, did you end up with cavities anyway?
- How many times a day should someone brush?
- How about flossing? Are you a regular flosser?
- Do you think Sheila really spent 10 minutes looking at toothbrushes?
As always, please your fresh breath thoughts in the comments below.
This is part of a fun series of posts that appear on this blog on Sunday mornings. You can check them all out here.