Benjamin Franklin invented the electric toothbrush. Yes that’s right. I read it online.
One gloomy day when he was messing around with his electrical thoughts, clouds came over and it started to rain.
“Aha,” he said, and attached a metal wire to this toothbrush, and when lightning struck it, his toothbrush shook and brushed his teeth.
No, of course not. I was just funny with you.
My electrical engineering colleagues back in the day would say, “Jim. That’s impossible. How could he do a comb on a sunny day?”
What made electric toothbrushes come to mind today? The CEO and I just invested in a pair of compatible electric toothbrushes. Obviously, they only sell them in pairs, which encourages you to find a friend with similar dental care needs if you’re single.
After three generations of dentists recommended it to me, I gave in to the suggestion.
I’ve owned more crowns than England so I thought maybe it was worth the investment – you could buy a lifetime of plastic Oral-Bs for just the cost of one set. And then you still have to replace the brush heads.
A tip you should know, the instructions tell you, “Don’t use it in the shower” (or it may be more exciting than you want it to be).
He also suggests brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time. Do they think I have nothing better to do (don’t answer that).
Well, I guess it’s better than chewing on Denta Bones; Even chlorophyll doesn’t taste very good.
There is more to electric toothbrushes than meets the eye (or tooth).
I didn’t know this when we made what appeared to be the down payment, but they were classified according to the frequency of their movements as strength, sonic, or ultrasonic. Their classification (maybe another product to discuss later) depends on whether they are making movements below, within, or above the audible range (20 – 20,000 Hz or 2,400 – 2,400,000 bpm).
I honestly don’t know how fast we are; I couldn’t time them while brushing.
Skipping Ben Franklin’s misinformation (as most things from the web must be), we come to the first recorded example of an electric toothbrush.
In 1937, Tomlinson Moseley filed a patent for Motodent. I would have chosen a different name. This sounds like something happened to your car in the parking lot.
His device was attached to a wire and looked as if it had to be held in both hands because of the size. It wasn’t displayed when we bought it.
Moseley must have cornered the market with Motodent (except in areas that didn’t have electricity) because the next electric toothbrush didn’t appear until 1954.
It was invented in Switzerland by Dr. Philip Jay Woog. He likes the connotation of “dent” so he named him Broxodent – if there was a Swiss language it might mean something but it’s just a slightly used nickname. I don’t know why it wasn’t called Woogodent or maybe Dentowoog.
His device plugs into a standard wall socket and operates on line voltage.
After six years of training with the Swiss and other Europeans, the Broxo electric toothbrush was brought 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 darker corners of my brain the VelCro I seem to remember being advertised on early TV.
General Electric, which specializes in things that are generally electric, decided to take a piece (yes, I said that) of market share in the early 1960s. It introduced a cordless model with rechargeable NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, which cost less than Dime Cadmium batteries.
It was portable if you are into arm exercises. It was huge, about the size of a two-cell flashlight handle.
This model comes with a charging stand (also portable if you have access to electricity).
Most of the units sat in the charger, which is not the best way to get maximum service life from a NiCad battery.
The life of the first was short. This was an issue if you had outlived the battery because 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 noodles it would be a bad time to fail.
Time passed and safety owners were struggling to obtain Broxo original design certification; This was in the ’90s and five decades after the product was introduced (lawyers must have been salivating).
Competitors were gritting their teeth (Yes, else) to gain market share, so battery-powered toothbrushes were available and recommended by dentists.
This led to the product that the CEO and I are buying (financial help available). It’s called Sonicare (which means it may help with hearing problems) and it’s supposed to be very effective.
I’ve found that it takes longer and is messier than manual toothbrushes (Golden by day, blue by night). However, I’ll stick to it: straight teeth, crooked smile.