While the following news might not make the world’s toothpaste manufacturers smile, it just might improve those on the consumers of the future! Oral hygiene is not only important, it can also be, as we all know, very expensive. For the busy multi-tasker of the future, the solar-powered toothbrush may make it possible to sit in bed and brush your teeth at the same time!
Although this product is still in the prototype stage, it’s developers The Shiken Company of Japan, and a University of Saskachewan researcher are very happy with the progress made so far. The idea is to create a solar-powered toothbrush, which causes a chemical reaction in the mouth. This in turn, eliminates harmful plaque and bacteria. Dentistry professor emeritus, Dr. Kunio Komiyana, and his colleague, Dr. Gerry Uswak, are hoping this innovative method can replace the usual brush and toothpaste combination.
Dr. Komiyama designed the first prototype almost 15 years ago. It contained a titanium dioxide rod in the neck of the brush, just below the nylon bristles. Any light falling on the wet rod would release electrons, which would react to the acid typically found in the mouth, helping break down plaque. The latest model, the Soladey-J3X, is similar, except that it’s twice as powerful.
Final testing and perfection of the latest prototype will permit this brush to destroy the two major types of bacteria that cause plaque. It is estimated that this solar-powered brush will require as much light as a solar-powered calculator to work. What’s next, folks? Perhaps solar-powered dentists?
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