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play it again, toothbrush.

The strangest thing I’ve seen in a long time….Tooth Tunes, Hasbro’s new singing toothbrushes. Now, I think it’s perfectly fine if a kid’s toothbrush plays a little “tune,” especially if it plays for the exact length they should be brushing their teeth, so the kid knows when to stop brushing. But these toothbrushes play actual songs. And by songs I mean, Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away,” and even that Jamairoquai song from Napolean Dynamite. If that doesn’t get you brushing, I don’t know what will.

This just seems weird to me. Why do we need to turn toothbrushes into radios? Especially radios that only play one song. And how long do you think it would take to get sick of listening to Destiny Child’s “Survivor” 2-3 times a day? While I suppose it would be nice waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth to Hilary Duff’s “Wake Up,” is this really what parents want their little girls listening to when it’s bedtime? Some of the brushes even offer congratulations after the brushing is completed. Woo hoo.

Furthermore, according to the website, Tooth Tunes don’t just “play” music. They actually “send music through your teeth and into your head.” What does that mean?? Then, “With the push of a button and then touching the brush to your teeth, sound waves stream through the bristles and travel through the jawbone to the inner ear, where music is heard.” I’m not sure exactly what they’re trying to say, but I do know that I miss the days when our parents taught us to brush our teeth because it was the only way to prevent decay and that we would be thankful in the future. Not because our toothbrush would play a pop song through our teeth.

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