All savvy business people have had at one time or another been asked “What color is your parachute” but to put a different twist on the question – what color is your toothbrush? More people use blue toothbrushes than red…On average, Americans will spend 38.6 total days brushing in their lifetime, which amounts to 154 toothbrushes and about 292 tubes of toothpaste. And while we’re brushing pretty regularly, 73% of respondents said they would rather go grocery shopping than floss!
Not only do Dentists place importance on when and how you brush…but also on WHERE you keep that blue toothbrush. They recommend that toothbrushes be kept at least six feet away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles that spray into the air with each flush. Definitely something to think about!
Speaking of germs – and contamination – your toothbrush should be changed after any illness because the bacteria remains on the toothbrush and can cause a relapse. If you are sick, toothpaste should be placed on the brush with either a cotton swab or clean finger to avoid contaminating the toothpaste tube.
While arguably the toothbrush represents a valuable tool in our daily hygiene routine, in a 2003 Lemelson-MIT invention index survey, 34% of teens and 42% of adults chose the toothbrush FIRST when asked what invention they could not live without.
So, where did the idea of a toothbrush begin? The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth. This later evolved in 1498 when the Chinese shortened boar hairs and attached them to the back of a bone stick. Today, the average toothbrush contains about 2,500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per brush, with handles usually made of plastic and rubber and five different types of grips: precision, power, spoon, oblique and distal oblique.
Whether red or blue, power or manual…Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush AT LEAST twice a year and at The Smile Center we will give you a FREE toothbrush and floss with your regular dental checkups!