Open mouth, insert battery-powered teeth-cleaning device – Loveland Reporter-Herald


Benjamin Franklin invented the electric toothbrush. Yes, it’s true. I read it on the internet.

One gloomy day as he amused himself with his electric thoughts, the clouds boiled over and it started to rain.

He said “Aha” and tied a wire to this toothbrush and when the lightning hit her, her toothbrush vibrated and cleaned her teeth.

No of course not. I was just having fun with you.

My former colleagues in electrical engineering would have said “Jim. It’s impossible. How could he brush his teeth on a sunny day?

What made me think of electric toothbrushes today? The CEO and I just “invested” in a pair of matching electric toothbrushes. Apparently they only sell them in pairs, which encourages you to find a friend with similar dental hygiene needs if you’re single.

After three generations of dentists recommended it to me, I succumbed to the suggestion.

Got more crowns than the Kingdom of England so thought it might be worth the investment – you can buy a lifetime of plastic Oral-B for the price of just one set . And then you always have to replace the brush heads.

The instructions give you tips you should know, “Do not use in the shower” (or it might be more exciting than you want).

He also suggests brushing your teeth for two minutes each time. Do they think I have nothing better to do (do not answer).

Well, I guess that’s better than chewing Denta Bones; even those with chlorophyll don’t taste good.

There’s more to electric toothbrushes than meets the eye (or the tooth).

I didn’t realize this when we did what was apparently the installment, but they are categorized by the frequency of their movements into power, sonic, or ultrasonic. Their classification depends (another product for perhaps later discussion) on whether they make movements below, within or above the audible range (20-20,000 Hertz or 2,400-2,400,000 movements per minute).

Honestly, I don’t know how fast ours are; I couldn’t time them while brushing.

Skipping the Ben Franklin misinformation (as most things on the web should be), we come across the first recorded example of an electric toothbrush.

In 1937, Tomlinson Moseley filed a patent for the Motodent; I would have chosen another name. This one looks like something happened to your car in a parking lot.

His device had an attached lanyard and appears to have to be held with two hands due to its size. It was not displayed when we purchased ours.

Moseley had to corner the market with the Motodent (except for areas that had no electricity) because the next electric toothbrush didn’t appear until 1954.

It was invented in Switzerland by Dr Phillippe Guy Woog. He liked the “tooth” connotation so he named it the Broxodent – if there had been a Swiss language it might have meant something but it’s just a little used surname. I don’t know why he didn’t call it Woogodent or maybe Dentowoog.

His device was plugged into a standard wall outlet and operated on line voltage.

After six years of practice on the Swiss and other Europeans, the Broxo electric toothbrush was transferred to the United States by ER Squibb and Sons Pharmaceuticals. For lack of a better name, Squibb and Kids kept Broxodent and marketed it under that name.

Somewhere in the dark corners of my VelCro mind, I seem to remember that it was advertised on television.

General Electric, which specializes in generally electrical things, decided to take a market share (yes, I said that) in the early 1960s. It introduced a cordless model with rechargeable NiCad (Nickel Cadmium, which cost less than Dime Cadmium).

It was portable if you were doing arm exercises. It was bulky, about the size of a two-D battery flashlight handle.

This model comes with a charging stand (also portable if you have access to electricity).

Most units relied on the charger, which is not the best approach to getting maximum life from a NiCad battery.

And the first had a short lifespan. This was a problem if you had outlived the battery, as the batteries were sealed inside the device and could not be replaced. The device had to be thrown away when the batteries failed – after eating garlic pasta, it would be a bad time for failure.

Time passed and security officials struggled to get certification of Broxo’s original design; it was the 1990s and five decades after the product was introduced (avocados must have been salivating).

Competitors were cringing (yes, another one) to gain market share, so better battery-operated toothbrushes were available and recommended by dentists.

This led to the product that the CEO and I are buying (financial assistance is available). It’s called Sonicare (meaning it can help with my hearing problems) and is supposed to be very effective.

I have found that it takes longer and is more messy than my manual toothbrushes (gold by day, blue by night). However, I’ll stick to this: Straight teeth, smirk.


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