In order to keep you folks informed of all mouth-related news the MINUTE it breaks, I subscribe to Google News alerts which notify me whenever a major news headline includes the words, “teeth,” “dentist,” or “oral health.”
USUALLY, these emails alert me that some or another dentist — who’s had it UP TO HERE with all the “I will floss my teeth every single day!” broken promises — has finally gone off the deep end and started trafficking nitrous oxide out of his office or replacing all of her patients’ teeth with Polly Pocket figurines.
But, TODAY, I got a breaking news alert from the New York Times, entitled, “THE TRUTH ABOUT BRUSHING." And I’m like, “HOLY ORAL HYGIENE, BATMAN!” *feverish mouse clicking* “MUST SHARE TRUTH WITH THE PEOPLE OF INTERNET!”
Much to my immense dispiritment, the whole thing was more Q&A than exposé, and the “newsworthy” question at hand was “Why don’t we use hot water to brush our teeth?”
The New York Times got a spokesman for the American Dental Association on the phone for this one, because, as you may have heard, newspapers no longer have the budget to fund investigative journalism. If they HAD been able to send this reporter on an undercover, hot-water toothbrushing, she would have immediately realized that it’s weird, and gross, and not at all a refreshing sensation for your mouth, and THAT’S why no one does it.
Go ahead and read what the ADA has to say about it, if you’re as broke as the print news industry and can’t afford a toothbrush or hot, running water to find out for yourself, but I can tell you right now, no one gives it to you straighter than Doc Heath..: