Okay … Ellen DeGeneres looks a million dollars thanks to a secret that is now OUT. But what does her toothbrush look like? Does she use an electric toothbrush?
In case you didn’t recognise this ageless beauty -
it’s Ellen DeGeneres
This evening I watched a television advert for an electric toothbrush. It involved a turned-on electric tooth passing through some substance that was supposed to look like bacteria and alongside it (on the left) a common-to-garden you-move-it toothbrush passing lightly over a similar substance and not moving anything.
I wonder what these TV commercial makers think when they create these adverts? Do they think we are so gullible? The fact was that the common-to-garden toothbrush was not being moved by the normal scrubber on the end of the brush handle. And while I probably cannot move my toothbrush at the speed the electric toothbrush vibrates, I certainly do rotate it at some speed, as I’m sure most of you do when the battery of your electric toothbrush runs out.
Toothbrushes must be big business and the advent of the electric toothbrush indicates how big a market is available around toothbrushes. Low cost toothbrushes need to wear out in order for us to be running to the supermarket every few weeks and replacing them. And even electric toothbrush owners will be replacing heads and batteries. When a few billion people are doing this every week you get a picture of how big the market is.
I would like to warn you, and Ellen DeGeneres, that a simple hand-held toothbrush still works as long as you do rotate it and don’t forget to use your arm and hand muscles. It won’t work if you hold it against your teeth and don’t move it. I’m sure you realised this, HOWEVER, you are about to learn the shocking truth kept secret by Yours Truly for many months …
I trim my toothbrush bristles when they get a bit worn and straggly. And by doing so I DOUBLE the life of my toothbrushes. Yes a simple life-giving act like that and I extend their life by weeks. So Ellen, if you’re reading this, the next time the batteries run out, stow the electric toothbrush in the vanity drawer and get out the scissors to trim the old faithful.
I promise I won’t embarrass you with any exposé, your secret’s safe with me.
Heather Sylvawood, author of the Marigold Brightbutton Adventures.