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Toothpaste Woes

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My children have a very messy relationship with toothpaste.  For starters, they tend to drop the caps down the drain, because I haven’t bothered to re-install the plug that wasn’t quite seated properly when we moved in.  At one point, my parents noticed; they gave us this fun fish cap, which promptly got clogged, taken off, and left on the floor.

Every six months, the dentist gives each child a small tube that they try to claim as their very own, until they all decide to try someone else’s and everyone forgets whose is whose.  As the caps get left off, tubes get confiscated until there’s only one or two left.

The flip-top caps are even worse; back when they tried to close the lid, they ended up squishing excess toothpaste out the edges, which dried in place.  Now there’s as much dried goop around the opening as cap itself, and the tube is empty enough that they need me to squish some out every night.

For some reason, I’m the expert in the family at squeezing the last few bits of toothpaste out of the tube.  I can last almost a week on a tube that my spouse has deemed empty.  It may or may not be related to the fact that I’m the only bottom-squeezer in the house.

On a semi-related note, the skeptic in the family has researched fluoridated water after hearing a few too many panicky poison warnings.  It turns out that the only problems are in areas of naturally high fluoridation, none of which are in the U.S.  Fluoridated water doesn’t seem to rebuild teeth from the inside as originally thought, but gives you more resistance to cavities by fluoridating your saliva.  It’s also true that Europe has mostly decided against fluoridating their water, because you get just as much benefit from a combination of fluoride toothpaste and socialized dental care.

Sadly, we’re likely to have as many panicked citizens riled up against the latter as against fluoride in the water supply.

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Written by eswald

14 Aug 2012 at 10:27 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics

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