Super Powered Carbonation?

If you thought brushing your teeth with baking soda was a weird way to clean stuff, get a load of this: So-called “ultrasonic cleaning” uses high frequency vibrations to essentially create carbonation in cleaning solution. One then places whatever item one needs cleaned into said solution and the thousands or millions of bubbles rub up against it and pop, scrubbing away any dirt and what have you from the surface of the item.

It calls to mind the time I tried to clean my toilet with a can of Coke. I had heard that if you just pour in the soda and leave it overnight, the carbonation and such will clear away the nastiness that has built up. What actually happened is that, if anything, my toilet was dirtier than before I poured in the Coke, and I had wasted a tasty beverage. Stupid urban legends. Where were you on that one, TV’s Mythbusters?

Apparently, in “the biz,” the bubbles involved are called “cavities,” and their growth is called “cavitation.” This does not really fit what most people probably think of when they hear the word “cavities,” but as long as there’s no visits to the dentist involved, I’m okay with a people getting a little loose with the language.

See how I brought it back around to tooth care? DENTAL HYGIENE IS IMPORTANT, DAMMIT!