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Dental care, re-imagined
Updated: 2/16/2009 2:59:58 PM

Dental care, re-imagined A new type of toothbrush may attract certain people interested in dental care who enjoy working with tools.

A retired UK dentist has developed a toothbrush with a handle that resembles the grip of a screwdriver, UK website, reports.

Tony Hodgkison, who was a dentist for 30 years, retired in 2002 and told the news provider the idea for the innovative teeth cleaning tool came to him "out of thin air."

"When I was working, I was brushing my teeth all the time. But I got a bit lazy and realized I wasn’t brushing them all that well," Hodgkison said.

The root of the problem, according to the former dentist, was that traditional toothbrushes with their long handles made it difficult to use the recommended motion of brushing away from the teeth.

"Nearly everybody tends to overbrush, using it like a shoebrush to scrub away. It occurred to me that if you could do it more accurately and gently it would be beneficial," the 63-year-old said.

By using the fatter, screwdriver-esque grip, patients can presumably gain better control, allowing them to gently brush their teeth, according to the article. A trial of Hodgkison's invention was carried out at King's College Dental Institute where a third of the participants embraced it.

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