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An electric toothbrush saves girl's life
Updated: 5/22/2011 7:00:02 PM

Family dental care may promote good overall health Some people worry that the benefits of using an electric toothbrush are not worth the extra cost. However, one British family may disagree. According to an article published by Fox News, an electric toothbrush recently helped a British mother discover her daughter's potentially deadly eye cancer.

Rebecca Lolley was brushing her 2-year-old daughter's teeth when the flashing light emitted by the brush drew the woman's attention to an irregularity in the child's retina, or the black part of the eye, which turned out to be an often-fatal tumor that can triple in size in 10 days.

"We bought the brush because Katie liked the look of it. We turned the bathroom lights out so Katie could try it. She loved it but, when I looked at her face in the dark, I could see the lights creating a strange white reflection in one eye. At that point, we decided to take her straight to the hospital," the girl's mother told the news source.

The American Dental Association recommends that individuals brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes. The flashing light on the girl's toothbrush was designed to alert users when the proper amount of brushing time had passed, the news provider explained.

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