Tooth-o-Matic

Henry Age 12

Sunderland, UK

This idea has been made real

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Dr. Brian Degger is an interdisciplinary biologist and creative based in Newcastle. He applies the knowledge developed during his studies in finding, researching and democratising knowledge through do it yourself biology, developing workshops around biology and art, collaborating in art works that involve biological methods

Magnificent maker1 made real

Henry met with maker Brian and discussed his idea in more detail.

“The idea was a toothbrush with built in toothpaste. During the client meeting we talked about how it should feel. Not too bulky. One idea was to use the pump type toothpaste dispenser. However, I struggled to see how to get it to the toothbrush and still be functional. The solution suggested itself as using a syringe fitted into the bottom of a electric toothbrush that had its innards removed, and a liquid path made by drilling through the centre of toothbrush neck and a few holes to let it out in the bristles.

This result is a toothbrush that is usable, and self-toothpastable (a new word perhaps?).”