Toothbrush With Enclosed Electronic Game: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6850167 which refers to a Brushing Behavior Reinforcement Toothbrush and Enclosed Electronic Game Switch with Grid rewards you if you brush your teeth correctly by allowing you to play a game on a toothbrush-sized LCD screen. The issue remains that we all must face the fact that Ed Sullivan is dead and how could anyone find this truly entertaining?


The idea of a toothbrush having the power to reinforce brushing behavior seems a bit over the top, n’est ce pas? Maybe next it will be toothpaste or even the sink receptacle that reinforces good behavior; anything except the will and actions of the user seems in order! If the idea is to improve oral hygiene, then why not just reward yourself with a sugary treat after brushing the way you know you should? This seems just as counterproductive as this absurd invention.

The way it works is a simple motion sensor is electrically connected to a brushing sensor, which determines generalized brushing action. After the requirements of motion sensing are complete, the user is directed to a digital output display and a reward, preferably in the form of an enjoyable game or congratulatory message.

Do not misunderstand, for I do believe the inventor was well intentioned, and encouraging young and sometimes older persons to brush can only bring beneficial results. Still, such rewards can only be the result of human effort and cannot emanate from the dictatorship of a machine that doesn’t know what the hell it is talking about.

Consider this other way out but most interesting idea about multi-purpose toothbrushes. Aditi Simai Tiara writes cleverly of the super toothbrush that acts as air purifier in her piece,
VioClean Brushes Away All Germs.” This same piece is discussed at length in a forum at

Check it all out, but keep your mouth and your mind wide open!


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