Nation’s First Eco-Friendly Toothbrush Introduced

December 3, 2009 Updated: December 3, 2009

NEW YORK—At the Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting and Convention in Manhattan on Wednesday, local dentists and government officials launched the nation’s first eco-friendly toothbrush.

The Aqua Free Toothbrush, introduced before 57,000 health care professionals, contains a special liquid that flows from a built-in tank in the handle to the bristles to clean the teeth. Unlike toothpaste, the special liquid does not need to be rinsed and this conserves water.

The revolutionary toothbrush could potentially improve the hygiene of the two billion people in the world who don’t have access to sanitary water.

In the United States, it can reduce water usage. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s estimation, in 2006, an average citizen wasted two gallons of water daily as part of brushing one’s teeth and oral hygiene.

In the upcoming months, over 100,000 free brushes will be handed out to local schoolchildren in New York City and Long Island to conserve over two million gallons of water from local residents a day.

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