brush with the weight of an orange

Urgent news just in. Don’t brush your teeth too long. It could damage your teeth. A new study recommends brushing with the weight of an orange (just the weight of one, not with one) or around 150 grams (except for mandarin oranges, those weigh less) for two to two and a half minutes. They also recommend using soft bristles.


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  1. No more brushing teeth for me! Done and done. Thanks Dan.

    Comment by jason on June 19, 2003 @ 10:16 am
  2. Very interesting. I’ve known several people, including a cousin of mine, that wore down their enamel through excessive brushing. It’s nice to know just how much pressure one should use for optimal cleaning without doing undue damage.

    Comment by Levi on June 19, 2003 @ 10:22 am
  3. I brush pretty hard. Burning through the enamel and hitting the nerves hurts, but you get over it. Perhaps I should cut back.

    Comment by Cameron on June 19, 2003 @ 11:56 am
  4. I have a sonic toothbrush and so it takes care of the pressure problem. I could probably fall asleep with it in my mouth and still get the job done. It even beeps when I need to change to a different section of my mouth. It’s like having my own midget-man-servant to brush my teeth. M-m-m midget-man-servant-tooth-brusher…

    Comment by jason on June 19, 2003 @ 12:33 pm
  5. Jason is scaring me.

    I didn’t have a cavity until I was 27. Those SOS scouring pads worked wonders.

    Comment by Renee on June 19, 2003 @ 12:39 pm
  6. Jason is a scary person. Did you really have no cavities until you were 27?

    Comment by dan on June 19, 2003 @ 1:39 pm
  7. I’m totally serious. I think you Utes must have a lot of cavities because Creighton University is crawling with dental students who transfer from the U of U or Utah State or somewhere out there. There’s a townhome development here with so many students it’s referred to as Little Utah. I figure there must be a plethora of cavities to keep them in business. I lived with 2 such students. Do you guys not have floridated water?

    Comment by Renee on June 19, 2003 @ 2:21 pm
  8. I grew up in New Hampshire and had a few cavities here and there. I don’t know if our water is (or was) fluoridated or not but some say that doesn’t matter.

    Comment by dan on June 19, 2003 @ 2:50 pm
  9. One of my roommates knew a dentist from back in UT who also owned an ice cream shop for which they gave coupons to the dental patients. That’s one way to keep the business coming, I guess.

    Comment by Renee on June 19, 2003 @ 3:44 pm
  10. It isn’t the most ethical thing to do, but probably made him plenty of money.

    Comment by dan on June 19, 2003 @ 3:54 pm
  11. Utah is infamous for bad teeth. The biggest reason are dumb right-wing extremists who think putting flouride in the water is evil. I grew up in Seattle with Flouride and am happy to say I have no metal in my mouth, except for a pin in a tooth I busted in ’89. When I went to the dentist, they asked me where I was from, because I didn’t have a “Utah” mouth. Flouride’s the way to go.

    Comment by Cameron on June 20, 2003 @ 7:56 am
  12. Water fluoridation is a hotly debated topic, and I don’t think it’s nearly as cut and dry as you seem to think it is. I also think it’s funny that you call the anti-fluoride folks ‘dumb right-wing extremists’, as your own political views seem to lean pretty far to the right.

    Comment by Levi on June 20, 2003 @ 9:53 am
  13. Cameron, would you compare Utahn’s teeth to the British?

    Comment by Renee on June 20, 2003 @ 10:06 am
  14. That was a really funny part of “Shanghai Knights” when Owen Wilson tries to pick up on the ladies and one of them smiles, revealing horridly yellow teeth.

    Comment by dan on June 20, 2003 @ 10:45 am
  15. Ick. I saw that scene on the commercials.

    Everytime I see Elvis Costello’s open mouth I cringe.

    Comment by Renee on June 20, 2003 @ 11:13 am
  16. Oh my, it looks like we might be lucky and have the fortune of enjoying a heated debate between Cameron & Levi.

    Who do you think will win? Cast your votes in now.

    Comment by Melissa on June 20, 2003 @ 2:02 pm
  17. Just for the record, I have very nice & beautiful teeth (just ask Carlene), and I’m a Utah girl.

    Comment by Melissa on June 20, 2003 @ 2:04 pm
  18. I don’t belive that so I really don’t care and my teeth are prefect just like me

    Comment by Shakeya on October 22, 2003 @ 12:13 pm
  19. wow! i was only looking for an avarage weight of an orange…
    Anyway while I am here I will tell you something interesting,scary and expensive.

    I have a friend who is let’s say not from canada. Her first visit to canadian dentist she discovered she had 21 cavities between her teeth. Do you wanna guess why. Yup you might have got it! Apparentky she didn’t know about flocing teeth thing untill now…
    And yes they got 7 teeth done for $2000, but 14 more to go you do the math.
    And yes it’s expensive
    And yes yes yes we feel bad for her…
    And the sad/stupid part she is 15…
    But she’ll survive, she got me by her side, friend who promised to never tell this to anyone… Hey I’am anonymous!

    Comment by anonymous. on May 25, 2004 @ 8:08 pm

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