Blizzident can clean teeth in 6 seconds flatA company claims to have revolutionized the humble toothbrush, with a new design that apparently cleans teeth completely in six seconds flat. While many are decrying it as a new high (or low) in laziness, I think it's awesome.
The brush is Blizzident, and you bite into it like a football mouth guard. The makers say that by biting into it quickly 10-15 times, users can brush all their teeth (and in between all their teeth) all at once.
The brushes are customized for each person using a 3-D printer. Although at $299 they do cost wayyyyy more than a traditional toothbrush, they last for a year. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing traditional toothbrushes every three to four months. Updating the Blizzident costs $199.
Comments on an ABC News piece about Blizzident questioned the need for such a device. And I agree that most people don't need a $299 toothbrush. But I can think of a ton of advantages to a brush like this, especially for parents.
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
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