Rakuten Ultraviolet Toothbrush Cleaner

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Rakuten's latest gadget sterilizes your toothbrush in four minutes, preventing the buildup of bacteria and other nasty elements. When the toothbrush is inserted and the lid is shut, an ultraviolet lamp heats up and within four minutes, your brush is as clean as the day you bought it. Pretty handy, especially when you consider how often the average person really cleans their toothbrush.

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This little UV wonder is only $45, but only available in Japan. At least it beats a trip to the dentist and having your teeth cleaned with a power saw.

Rakuten Japan UV Toothbrush Sterilizer [Fareastgizmos.com]

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DISCUSSION

So if our mouths are filled with bacteria, so much bacteria that brushing and listerine effectively don't change the amount, why do we care if there is bacteria on our toothbrush?

The point of brushing is to remove plaques that can trap the bacteria's acidic secretions near the tooth which then dissolves the enamel. UV ain't gonna help anything (unless you regularly drop your toothbrush in the shitter).