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2012-08-22 06:22:39 AM
Should Americans ditch their toothbrushes and clean with sticks instead?

[howaboutno?]

/Interesting article.
//The "facekini" thing below it was disturbing on a few levels.
 
2012-08-22 06:44:04 AM
Most people have nasty teeth, so I am not sure that proves anything.
 
2012-08-22 07:41:09 AM
Teeth? What teeth?
 
2012-08-22 07:41:18 AM
or even English Muffin slathered with Vegemite??
 
2012-08-22 07:44:28 AM
That's why I brush my teeth with my DremelTM Rotary Tool.
 
2012-08-22 07:45:46 AM
It turns out brushing your teeth with a modern toothbrush is just as good as brushing them with bones, twigs, feathers or porcupine quills

Subby....you go ahead and brush your teeth with twigs and bones if you want.
 
2012-08-22 07:46:02 AM
We're all falling apart and nothing can be done to stop it. Oh but we can line some pockets to pretend for a while.
 
2012-08-22 07:50:18 AM

untaken_name: That's why I brush my teeth with my DremelTM Rotary Tool.


Is it safe? Is it safe?
 
2012-08-22 07:53:52 AM

LordOfThePings: untaken_name: That's why I brush my teeth with my DremelTM Rotary Tool.

Is it safe? Is it safe?


The groomer we take our Chow Mix to uses a Dremel to file the dog's nails, so I'd imagine it'd be okay for someone's teeth.
 
2012-08-22 07:55:27 AM
I work with a guy who he smokes heavily and drinks gallons of coffee, and obvioulsy doesnt brush every often. His breath could knock a buzzard of a shiat wagon. Its doesnt matter what you use to clean your mouth just do it.
 
2012-08-22 07:58:24 AM
I recently got braces so I have been brushing them much more. The Waterpik is an excellent device.

/not a paid spokesperson
 
2012-08-22 08:01:17 AM
"I didn't wash today. I wasn't dirty. If I'm not dirty, I don't wash. Some weeks I don't have to shower at all. I just groom my three basic areas: teeth, hair, and asshole. And to save time, I use the same brush."

G.C.
 
2012-08-22 08:02:52 AM
And eating the same amount of plastic shredded into similar sized flakes has about the same benefit of eating that amount of fiber (hint, it's not the substance so much as it's the shape).

This is news?
 
2012-08-22 08:03:22 AM
I think sailors back in the day were known for having relatively good teeth because the lack of sugar in the diet during long voyages.
 
2012-08-22 08:04:47 AM

offmymeds: The groomer we take our Chow Mix to uses a Dremel to file the dog's nails, so I'd imagine it'd be okay for someone's teeth.


Obviously you're not a jogger.
 
2012-08-22 08:12:00 AM

LordOfThePings: offmymeds: The groomer we take our Chow Mix to uses a Dremel to file the dog's nails, so I'd imagine it'd be okay for someone's teeth.

Obviously you're not a jogger.


Maybe I should have said "Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."
 
2012-08-22 08:13:40 AM
Probably don't have flouride in their water too.
 
2012-08-22 08:16:18 AM

Shotgun Justice: I think sailors back in the day were known for having relatively good teeth because the lack of sugar in the diet during long voyages.


Well, that and being Filthy Limeys rather than Scurvy Dogs.
 
2012-08-22 08:16:27 AM
Alot of your 3rd world countries also drink from the same waters they bathe in. Does that mean we should, too?
 
2012-08-22 08:22:03 AM
I was rushing to get the baby to daycare and forgot to brush my teeth this AM, so I am getting a kick.

popped a couple breath mints and am drinking green tea, since I read somewhere once that it's supposed to kill bad breath germs.
 
2012-08-22 08:23:30 AM
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I don't go anywhere without my Ferengi Teeth Sharpener from Popiel. Whether I'm heading to my next big business meeting or if I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes, there's always time to whiten and sharpen my teeth. My Ferengi Teeth Sharpener runs on depleted Dilithium crystals and is always charged and ready to go.

People see my clean, white, sharp teeth and they know I'm ready to go. Ready to negotiate that million dollar contract, ready to run that half triathlon (one and a half events), and ready to nibble on that super model's thigh.

Ferengi Teeth Sharpener from Popiel - the new way to keep your teeth clean, white and rat fang razor sharp. Buy two! They make great gifts!
 
2012-08-22 08:23:53 AM
I've stopped having so much sugar and grains and started brushing with a drop of Dr. Bronners (yes, gross) or coconut oil. My teeth are so clean and my dentist is really happy with them when I come in. I haven't told him what I've been doing, though.
 
2012-08-22 08:25:51 AM

WienerButt: The Waterpik is an excellent device.


api.ning.com

I hate flossing, I can never get the back teeth, so I picked up a rechargeable waterpik a few years back on a whim, and man, that thing is awesome. I actually don't hate cleaning my teeth now. If I've eaten any of the usual suspect foods that always get in-between teeth (corn on the cob, you delicious bastard you), it's the first thing I try. Works great, can't recommend it enough.
 
2012-08-22 08:28:56 AM

fdlgrl: I've stopped having so much sugar and grains and started brushing with a drop of Dr. Bronners (yes, gross) or coconut oil. My teeth are so clean and my dentist is really happy with them when I come in. I haven't told him what I've been doing, though.


I tried brushing a couple times with Dr. Bronners after I read you could. Wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be and definitely a suitable alternative.

I am sort of an obsessive tooth brusher. I brush at least 2x a day normally, but if I'm home I like to brush after every meal (can't really do that at work). My husband, on the other hand, doesnt brush before bed. SO GROSS. But he hasn't had many cavities still. (I've had none.)
 
2012-08-22 08:34:05 AM

editorial_distractions: fdlgrl: I've stopped having so much sugar and grains and started brushing with a drop of Dr. Bronners (yes, gross) or coconut oil. My teeth are so clean and my dentist is really happy with them when I come in. I haven't told him what I've been doing, though.

I tried brushing a couple times with Dr. Bronners after I read you could. Wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be and definitely a suitable alternative.


A single drop goes a long way and then I've got to get past the soap taste. It may say peppermint on the bottle but it still tastes like soap.
 
2012-08-22 08:35:17 AM
www.onlinecouponsavings.com

Limiting this will help you not have cavities.
 
2012-08-22 08:36:31 AM
Lies. Try one of those battery-powered deals that spins. Civilized oral hygiene goodness.
 
2012-08-22 08:48:49 AM
Limiting this will help you not have cavities

That's what TFA said. Peoples who eat traditional diets without refined sugar and flour have healthy teeth. They probably also eat more coarse, high fiber foods that do the teeth brushing for them.
 
2012-08-22 08:48:55 AM
What's the key to my healthy smile?

Rock salt. :D
 
2012-08-22 08:49:54 AM
Arab Bedouin tribes still clean their teeth by using the twigs of the arak tree, which contains antiseptic properties. Other Muslim and African cultures use a similar stick, called miswak, which naturally has a high concentration of cavity-fighting fluoride.

How did people figure this shiat out before they even know what a cavity-fighting fluoride was? why that stick versus some other random stick... aliens?
 
2012-08-22 08:54:49 AM
I use miswak. its a branch from a desert shrub that naturally has everything to keep your teeth nice and clean. I also floss with a sulca brush.
 
2012-08-22 08:58:01 AM

basemetal: [www.onlinecouponsavings.com image 280x280]

Limiting this will help you not have cavities.


what the bloody fark is that?
does it taste good
what flavors does it come in
 
2012-08-22 08:59:35 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: what the bloody fark is that?


It's what they put in every tube of British Toothpaste.
 
2012-08-22 09:01:12 AM

SandMann: It turns out brushing your teeth with a modern toothbrush is just as good as brushing them with bones, twigs, feathers or porcupine quills

Subby....you go ahead and brush your teeth with twigs and bones if you want.


Oh don't worry. I'm pretty sure subby has brushed his teeth with bones a few times.
 
2012-08-22 09:06:03 AM
I brush my teeth with a specially trained hedgehog.
 
2012-08-22 09:12:03 AM

Trance750: Alot of your 3rd world countries also drink from the same waters they bathe in. Does that mean we should, too?


img707.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-22 09:26:07 AM

Headso: Arab Bedouin tribes still clean their teeth by using the twigs of the arak tree, which contains antiseptic properties. Other Muslim and African cultures use a similar stick, called miswak, which naturally has a high concentration of cavity-fighting fluoride.

How did people figure this shiat out before they even know what a cavity-fighting fluoride was? why that stick versus some other random stick... aliens?


A million years of trial and error.
 
2012-08-22 09:39:48 AM

Leopold Stotch: Headso: Arab Bedouin tribes still clean their teeth by using the twigs of the arak tree, which contains antiseptic properties. Other Muslim and African cultures use a similar stick, called miswak, which naturally has a high concentration of cavity-fighting fluoride.

How did people figure this shiat out before they even know what a cavity-fighting fluoride was? why that stick versus some other random stick... aliens?

A million years of trial and error.


I get that for what mushrooms will kill you or not but it would seem you'd need real scientific study to notice the impact of brushing your teeth with a fluoride laced stick versus some other stick because the benefits would be so protracted... I guess though I can see a scenario where one tribe runs into another and one has bad teeth and the others have good teeth and the differences are apparent.
 
2012-08-22 09:43:53 AM

LordOfThePings: untaken_name: That's why I brush my teeth with my DremelTM Rotary Tool.

Is it safe? Is it safe?


perfect - thank you
 
2012-08-22 10:22:05 AM
I'm just waiting for the GOP to come out against dental hygiene. Only liberal elites are self absorbed enough to care about their teeth
 
2012-08-22 10:22:12 AM
You can have my Sonicare toothbrush, Reach flosser, tongue spray, tongue scraper, toothpaste, pre-brush rinse, and mouthwash when you pry them from my cold, dead hands minty fresh mouth.


/Gimmee some sugar. *smack*
 
2012-08-22 10:23:05 AM

NewWorldDan: Limiting this will help you not have cavities

That's what TFA said. Peoples who eat traditional diets without refined sugar and flour have healthy teeth. They probably also eat more coarse, high fiber foods that do the teeth brushing for them.


I agree on the second part but I bet the sugar/tooth decay link is coralative. Chances are the link is people who eat high sugar diets in general take worst care of themselves which includes brushing and flossing.
 
2012-08-22 10:29:07 AM

ModernPrimitive01: I'm just waiting for the GOP to come out against dental hygiene. Only liberal elites are self absorbed enough to care about their teeth


Well, is it legitimate plaque?
 
2012-08-22 11:57:11 AM
I use Tom's and a modern toothbrush. Only seen the dentist 3x in 11 years and no cavities.
 
2012-08-22 12:01:10 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I'm just waiting for the GOP to come out against dental hygiene. Only liberal elites are self absorbed enough to care about their teeth


Maybe, but the Dems just declared, "if your teeth are clean, you didn't clean those!" and then proposed a single-payer dental insurance bill, amnesty for british teeth, and an eleventy-billion dollar dental bailout plan.

/GOP=morons
//Dems=clowns
///Vote libertarian
 
2012-08-22 12:14:50 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I'm just waiting for the GOP to come out against dental hygiene. Only liberal elites are self absorbed enough to care about their teeth

 
2012-08-22 02:47:13 PM
was hoping the article would've talked about the designs of modern toothbrushes.

These days it's not a toothbrush if it doesn't have 5 points of articulation, ergonomically designed and balanced grip, and no less than 3 varieties of bristles, one of which contains nano dildos which will fark the cavities into submission
 
2012-08-22 05:29:59 PM
IF the modern toothbrush wasn't invented in England, it would have been called the Teethbrush.
 
2012-08-23 12:51:47 AM

rikkards: NewWorldDan: Limiting this will help you not have cavities

That's what TFA said. Peoples who eat traditional diets without refined sugar and flour have healthy teeth. They probably also eat more coarse, high fiber foods that do the teeth brushing for them.

I agree on the second part but I bet the sugar/tooth decay link is coralative. Chances are the link is people who eat high sugar diets in general take worst care of themselves which includes brushing and flossing.


Ever heard of a cow with a cavity? Ever heard of a cow that brushed her teeth? Now, ever heard of a cow who drank Cokes and ate doughnuts? I'm not saying this is definitive, but I am pretty sure the animal kingdom provides evidence that diet is a larger factor on dental health than surface brushing or even flossing.
 
2012-08-23 05:48:04 AM

untaken_name: rikkards: NewWorldDan: Limiting this will help you not have cavities

That's what TFA said. Peoples who eat traditional diets without refined sugar and flour have healthy teeth. They probably also eat more coarse, high fiber foods that do the teeth brushing for them.

I agree on the second part but I bet the sugar/tooth decay link is coralative. Chances are the link is people who eat high sugar diets in general take worst care of themselves which includes brushing and flossing.

Ever heard of a cow with a cavity? Ever heard of a cow that brushed her teeth? Now, ever heard of a cow who drank Cokes and ate doughnuts? I'm not saying this is definitive, but I am pretty sure the animal kingdom provides evidence that diet is a larger factor on dental health than surface brushing or even flossing.


Ever looked at an old cow's teeth? They grind them down so they never get cavities. Ever seen a greyhounds teeth? They are highly vulnerable to cavities with the way their mouths are designed. No sugar in their diet. Recommendation for greyhound owners: brush their teeth every night. We don't, we just pay to get them professionally cleaned every couple of years
 
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