Children, for the most part, are all given the same basic knowledge. We're taught how to tie our shoes. We're taught how to dress ourselves, our alphabet, the "correct" amount of milk to pour in a bowl of cereal. We're taught to shampoo our hair before we condition it. We're taught how to brush our teeth.
These basic, mundane activities that many of us do on a daily basis eventually get taken for granted. We do them on auto-pilot without much thought and there's an assumption that there's nothing really all that special about them. But the thing is, these activities are learned behavior, and learned behavior is taught slightly differently from person to person.
So when you put these mundane activities under the microscope and see how differently people go about doing them, you realize that we've developed ideas on the "right" way of doing something, just because that's what we've been taught and we've been doing it all our lives. A fact that's surfaced when one Twitter user posed this seemingly innocuous question:
do y’all wet the toothbrush first, or put toothpaste on first 🤨?— ty’ana 🌹 (@envyteeee) February 12, 2018
I remember always putting toothpaste on my brush first as a kid, until I witnessed my aunt wet her brush first, place toothpaste on it, then wet it again. My whole world was changed: of course it made sense to my 7-year-old mind to wet the bristles first, I mean you had to not only clear them of any airborne germs that may have settled on them in the bathroom, but the paste will seep into the bristles better if they were wet. I haven't looked back since.
But for Twitter, the answer wasn't so simple and people held some strong opinions on proper toothpaste application protocol.
Some people's methods were just far out there.
I wet the toothbrush but I squeeze the toothpaste on my tongue.— Girth Brooks (@ImJustErnest) February 14, 2018
But for the most part, there were only two modes of thought.
There was no getting to the bottom of it.
Um no just put the toothpaste on THEN wet the brush smh— Hannah Rebecca Mills Ⓥ (@future_snack) February 14, 2018
If you've been wetting the toothbrush first your entire life, how in the world can you go about brushing your teeth with a dry brush? Seems gross.
Something that dry advocates couldn't wrap their heads around.
But why wet it first? Wetting it after does the same thing plus wetting first makes the toothpaste slippery when you put it on😅— Hannah Rebecca Mills Ⓥ (@future_snack) February 14, 2018
No matter how much those in the right tried their best to explain it to them.
Bristles gotta stay soft, you might aswell use sand paper with ur technique— BLKR (@Kudzair_) February 14, 2018
Some people advanced their technique.
Nah I always wet it with hot water because germs, then with cold, then the toothpaste then water again. No one wants a dry toothbrush.— Henney Con Cranbærry (@_melaston) February 14, 2018
And provided a much needed demonstration.
Then there were the people who just wanted to see the world burn.
I mean, what kind of monster is this?
Some people, believe it or not, just go at brushing their teeth completely dry.
Whats all this "first" shit? Straight toothpaste, no water.— Bill Conant (@twoscoopsofpig) February 14, 2018
In all seriousness, how can you trust someone who doesn't wet their brush before putting toothpaste on it? It just doesn't make sense.
Those who don’t wet their toothbrush before putting on the toothpaste are likely the same people who pour milk in their bowls before cereal.— mangocreams (@mangocreams) February 15, 2018
Get with it, dry-brushers.