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Toothbrush gives out caffeine? Say aaah & oooh!

  • Patent will offer new possibilities for toothbrushes
  • One of the options will dispense caffeine while you brush
  • Toothbrush can also be used to release other chemicals
Toothbrush gives out caffeine? Say aaah & oooh!

Making the decision between brushing your teeth or getting coffee in the first 5 minutes you roll out of bed is challenging sometimes, especially if you're struggling to shake off dreams of winning that $600 million lottery. But life could be a lot easier if you could kill two birds with one stone -- and HLN affiliate WKMG tells us that a gadget that can do the job is in the works.

Colgate's newest patent filing envisions a toothbrush that will automatically release a substance as soon as you start to brush your teeth. What that substance will be is undecided, but caffeine, benzocaine and even flavors such as lemon are mentioned in the patent. Aside from the exciting idea of getting caffeinated while you brush, there are a host of other health-related possibilities that could help to soothe tooth pain.

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Is this really the first toothbrush that came up with this idea? Well, no. Designs like Twist & Brush were already around, but they weren't being mass-produced by a major company that's synonymous with keeping your smile gleaming.

This idea also seems a little more functional than some of the clever toothbrush ideas out there (Brush and Rinse, anyone?). We'll just have to wait and see what Colgate actually manufactures, but a whole new world of oral health could be just around the corner.

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