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April 1st, 2004

Do you wet your brush?

It’s time for a quick Ping Poll:

After you put toothpaste on your toothbrush, do you run it under the water before brushing your teeth?

I’ve always done it, and it occured to me that I’m not quite sure why I do. I don’t do it with my electric toothbrush (it specifically says not to), but when I use my old school brush, I still return to my old habits.

Here’s how Mrs. Jones’ class brushes their teeth.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Alex
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 9:53:47 am
hum, wonder why Staci, Chris, Annie, Ruslan, Nicole and Gwen don't get to use toothpaste as indicated on their set of instructions from Mrs. Jones?

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 10:20:47 am
I wet the toothbrush before I add the toothpaste. Doing so after risks wasting toothpaste when the stream of water knocks your toothpaste off the brush.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 10:47:01 am
Yep, the toothbrush always gets wet pre-toothpaste. It works better for me that way.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 11:06:54 am
Toothbrush soaked before and after toothpaste..Dunno why, just always have done it that way. Doesnt seem right if I dont do it that way..

FROM: Kate
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 1:25:01 pm
I'm with Chris. Plus, for some reason, wet toothpaste seems even more disgusting than dry toothpaste.

I wonder who first thought of that, anyway? "Hmm... my teeth feel gross. I'm going to put sludge on a prickly twig and then stick it in my mouth."

FROM: nick [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 4:49:29 pm
I definitely wet the brush again. A dry brush in the mouth just doesn't feel good.

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 5:46:04 pm
I don't wet the tooth brush first, but I think it's because growing up, we could not drink the water where we lived, and my parents put the fear of water in me. Huh? My parents still have a cistern and keep bottled water by the sink; I suppose I could have dipped the brush into a cup of water.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 8:10:30 pm
I always wet the brush before the toothpaste, but not after. It feels weird if I don't wet it.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 2, 2004 -- 6:48:25 pm
I wonder how much it really helps the toothpaste lather... someone needs to do a comprehensive study.

FROM: Ti-Coune
DATE: Thursday September 2, 2004 -- 3:00:19 pm
I don't brush anymore, I last all my teeth 10 years ago.

FROM: johnselle
DATE: Thursday September 23, 2004 -- 2:01:54 am
I have always wet the toothbrush first, not sure why. Maybe my mother or father taught me that way. I think, as Ryan stated above, it helps with the lather process. Without pre-wetting the brush (or brush + toothpaste) the toothpaste is just a bit too concentrated and stiff, before one can build up enough saliva to compensate --> hence the unpleasant taste. A double-blinded randomized clinical trial should definitely be pursued by Crest or Colgate to help us solve the riddle.

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Thursday September 23, 2004 -- 1:20:37 pm
You all are going to thing that I’m weird after this but here goes…in the morning I squeeze some tooth paste in my mouth then jump in the shower which then I wet the toothbrush that I keep in there. All the other times I apply toothpaste to a dry toothbrush then I wet toothbrush…yes, I also keep another toothbrush on the bathroom counter it’s a Sonic toothbrush.

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