December 15, 2008
Laser Toothbrush — Never buy toothpaste again
From the website:
- Laser Toothbrush
Here’s your opportunity to have Hollywood-white super-healthy teeth thanks to this revolutionary super-safe medical-quality laser toothbrush.
It has an energy concentration so low that any tissue surface, even eye tissue, is safe.
It works with a programmed tooth management system that turns on the laser for a recommended treatment period (55 seconds) with a one-touch mode switch.
The laser toothbrush does not need toothpaste but directly radiates laser light on teeth.
This revolutionary semiconductor medical laser helps decrease sensitivity, toothache pain, inflammation and even helps eliminate bad breath.
No more messy toothpaste accidents — now you can clean your teeth with light!
AA batteries included.
It's almost too good to be believable.
Regardless of the assurance above, I'd avoid looking directly at it (the laser beam itself — it's fine to stare at the picture up top for as long as you like).
Just in (2:03 p.m. today) from perspicacious reader Lilorfnannie, the following comment, too good to be consigned to the sidebar: "If a person never needs toothpaste again — why is there a brush on the end?"
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You can use a toothbrush without toothpaste.
You can't, however, use a cheap red diode laser to kill germs, reduce tooth sensitivity or do any of the other things this piece of crap is supposed to do. It is a scam.
(You can also get "laser combs", that have more cheap red diode lasers in them and are supposed to regrow hair. They don't, of course. This is just more of the "flavour of the month" quackery that saw people buying worthless "electric belts" more than a century ago. See also "therapeutic magnets" (which are still around), the very old "Perkins Tractors", various "zapper" devices to cure all human disease, and the belief that IONISING RADIATION is a general tonic - which, amazingly enough, is still alive today.)
Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Dec 17, 2008 7:50:08 PM
And also because people would be too weirded out by a toothbrush without a brush. It doesn't matter how good the laser does at cleaning--if people don't feel like it's working, they won't be happy with it.
Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | Dec 15, 2008 10:55:51 PM
> If a person never needs toothpaste again- why is there a brush on the end?
Presumably because the laser may kill bacteria but doesn't do anything about visible debris, which need to be brushed off manually.
Posted by: Nathan | Dec 15, 2008 6:06:47 PM
Like, do "Hollywood-white" and "super-healthy" equate to, say...clean? Can I throw away my floss, or does the light take care of the big chunks of cheeseburger, too?
I think I'll start advertising myself as having "an energy concentration so low that any [life form near me] is safe."
Posted by: Flautist | Dec 15, 2008 2:31:02 PM
If a person never needs toothpaste again- why is there a brush on the end? I think it is definitely too good to be true, I don't buy it for a minute.
Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Dec 15, 2008 2:03:04 PM
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