Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NOW with New and Improved Cleaning POWER!

I wanted to take a moment to share with you something that kind of blows my mind. For the first time in entire life I am trying my best to make a conscious and consistent effort to not only actually brush my damn teeth regularly, but ALSO even floss! In addition, I actually carry a toothbrush and toothpaste and floss with me everywhere I go, and frankly I think I am the only person at work who tries to actually sometimes brush and/or floss during lunch.

I can still remember the days when I would go days or probably even a week without brushing. I remember just swishing with water after meals and gargling with Scope before I went to bed, brushing once a day for like a minute tops at most with a ratty old toothbrush I probably used for like a year. Lately it feels like I think I probably actually brush more than most of my friends. It's SO surreal. I can't help but offer floss to people sometimes even.
A few weeks ago I bought my first $30.00 rechargeable electric toothbrush I have ever owned--Doctor's orders--and part of me couldn't help but wish I was investing in one of the more advanced models. I am after all, spending as much money on my mouth as lots of people spend on student loans, myself included. I hope, by the time this is all said and done, I can proudly say that I have finally learned a very hard, and very expensive lesson and make my teeth new and old last for the rest of my life with minimal additional upkeep.
The last such contraption I remember having was a battery-powered Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles one in 6th grade that I barely ever touched. If I remember correctly in fact, I think I actually taped sandpaper over the brush and used it as a sander to assist with final touch-ups on my model cars I was always putting together. I hope that Rakhee is proud of me and how far I have come. I hope that I can continue to inspire others to take better care of themselves, to ask for help, and to brush and floss regularly, and be thankful daily for the teeth that they have. To learn to know them as I have, know them by name, even if only as a number, and treat them as lifelong friends they enjoy eating every meal with.


  1. I really like the idea of using the Ninja Turtle toothbrush as an electric sandpaper machine though :P

  2. Aww, hi Katie! How are you? Welcome to my blog :-) Was surprised to click on Lulu and see that it was you. Hard to believe my blog has been viewed in like 75 countries now. China represent! Yeah, I was always taking everything apart and trying to find a way to repurpose it. Drove my mother crazy. It's not like I didn't still have FUN with it!

    Hi Suzie! What, Starflash doesn't have a blog? Haha.

  3. Very good, Paul! Do you still bring your dental hygiene kit wherever you go? That's a nice routine! You can be a role model to everyone, especially to those who take their dental health for granted.

  4. Yes Ed, I bring a regular brush and toothpaste in my bag everywhere I go. I always have floss in my pocket an often offer it to friends and even try to challenge people to do it in public sometimes. I have a rechargeable brush at home with prescription toothpaste and recently even started carrying listerine with me at my dentist's request. may also be getting a water pik. I'm trying hard to correct my ways. I am after all investing over 20 grand in my mouth. I'm trying my best to continually educate myself and take care of my mouth finally and also inspiring others to do likewise, wearing my story and my old mouth on my sleave. Thanks for commenting!