“Brush your teeth after every meal.”

That’s the mantra that was drilled into all of our heads since we were kids, right? But how many of us actually do that? I’d wager that very few adults brush their teeth after every meal. And how practical is it anyway? Even if you just eat the traditional three meals a day, and you work Monday through Friday, the timing may not be optimal for brushing your teeth afterwards. I’d imagine that, at the most, you may brush your teeth twice a day, once after breakfast and once after dinner, during the week. But even that presumes that you eat breakfast at home, before going out to work. But what if you’re the type who goes out and stops at a diner or somewhere else to eat on your way to work? Or if you eat breakfast at work? And then there’s lunch. Do you really bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to your job, to brush after lunch? Nah, you just skip that, don’t you? And then, of course, there’s all the other times you eat during the day, in between and after meals. Someone brings in donuts or muffins into the job for everyone, so you have one when you get in. That little candy bar you get from the vending machine during your break, etc. You can’t brush after every single time you eat something, right?

Wrong! Now you can, with the handy little Colgate wisp. It’s like a little toothbrush, with toothpaste built right into it. You don’t need to put water on it, , you just snap it out of the pack, and put it in your mouth. Brush each tooth, you can also scrape your tongue, and the roof of your mouth, and in about a minute your mouth will feel as clean as if you’ve brushed with a regular toothbrush. Then just toss it. No muss, no fuss. Each wisp also has a little rubber point at the other end, which you can use like a toothpick, to get any food out from between your teeth, if necessary. I’ve been using these for quite awhile now, and am very pleased with them. I also keep several in my desk at work to use there. But you can also take them with you anywhere, like if you’re going out to a club or a party or somewhere, and you know you’re going to eat. They’re small and convenient, you can keep one in your pocket or purse.

You can buy them at most major grocery stores, and places like CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, or also order on Amazon. I’ve found them for sale in packs of 2, 4, and 16. I do not recommend them as a total substitute for regular brushing with toothpaste, but when you’re on the go, a wisp will do just fine. And the better you take care of your teeth, the fewer visits to the dentist you’ll need!

I’m J.R. LeMar, and I approve this message.

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