Where would we be without toothbrushes? For one thing, we might not have as many clean teeth left. My teeth aren’t all mine, but they will be after three more payments.
Several hundred years ago, a person cleaned his teeth with a quill. But if he used that same quill to write a letter, the next time he brushed his teeth he might end up with ink on his tongue.
So, the invention of nylon toothbrushes in the late 1930’s led to much healthier teeth and gums. Before that, some toothbrushes were made from hog bristles.
And, if hogs didn’t have their own bristles, how could piggies brush their teeth?
Two recent reports discuss brushing’s benefits. The first study says people with gum disease may be more likely to develop narrow blood vessels. That could lead to health problems. And health problems can lead to sickness, and even to the eternal dirt nap.
A second report says if you brush your teeth one minute, it burns three calories. So, I will keep brushing. I want a clean month and healthy body. Because, if you don’t care for your body…where else are you gonna live?
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Rix Quinn is a former magazine publisher who works as an independent biographer and broadcaster.
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