CHEAPER ORAL HEALTH?
When you last visited your dentist and the oral hygienist gave you
the bill after cleaning your teeth, did you wonder why such simple
services cost so much these days? Some dentists charge up to $100
to clean your teeth. Isn't there a more economical way?
When I saw the latest alternative option I bought it: a scientifically designed Japanese toothbrush (registered with Health and
Welfare Canada) that contains a Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) metal rod
that runs through a replaceable head and into the handle. What it
claims to do at first seems like either magic or quackery. But
apparently it works.
This metal, said to be a semiconductor, uses solar energy in a
similar manner as a solar-powered calculator. As long as there is
light and moisture it will work to its full capacity. Strangely
enough the TiO2 rod never wears down or needs replacement (The brush
heads should be replaced every four to six months).
According to the manufacturer plaque bacteria act on food, producing
acid. This acid sometimes causes bad breath, tooth decay, and gum
disease. Although saliva normally neutralizes this action, when
plaque builds up, it acts as a barrier, preventing the neutralization
action of the saliva.
According to clinical studies, this type of toothbrush, known as
Soladey-2, may stop such plaque build-up. Working in conjunction
with human saliva, the brush controls and reduces bacteria responsible for plaque.
How is this accomplished? It is claimed that in conjunction with
light, the titanium oxide rod releases negatively-charged (this is
the good type) electrons or ions. The light can be natural,
fluorescent or a standard light bulb. You face towards the light
when brushing and keep your mouth open.
The negative electrons, as they blend with the saliva, attract
positively charged hydrogen ions from the acid in the plaque. End
result: acid is neutralized and plaque is reduced. Chemists
recognize this as a photochemical reaction.
The operation produces no electric shock, the toothbrush doesn't
vibrate and creates no unpleasant taste. Manufacturer claims that
brushing produces a long-lasting, usually clean feeling after
brushing. You don't even have to use toothpaste. I have been testing
the Soladay-2 for the past two weeks and generally agree with the
That's the technical half of this story. This innovation was brought
to my attention by Vivian Bruchet and Shirley Adamus of North
Vancouver who heard about this method, tracked down the Canadian
distributor and decided it was time they became self-employed risktakers. So they then went into the business of selling such environmentally healthful, personally satisfying products as this Soladey-2
They also sell a natural crystal which acts as a deodorant without
any chemicals, which has long been popular in Thailand. I haven't
tried this yet, but I certainly admire the spirit and initiative of
these two young entrepreneurs. The toothbrushes sell for $12.95;
four replacement heads also sell for $12.95.
For more information:
Vivian Bruchette or Shirley Adamus,
122 West 21st St.,
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1Y9.
Shirley Gamblin, Bentley.
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