American political actor, writer satirist and television host Steven Colbert presents factual news in a satirical way on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. No topic is off limits to the "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot", character portrayed by Colbert and dental care is included in that mix (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/25/magazine/25questions.html.)
During 2011, most of the media focused on stories surrounding celebrity antics, the raising of the Debt Ceiling and the death of Osama Bin Laden. Colbert has done that and more by providing commentary on a number of trends in the dental industry including a retraction in the toothpaste market, the struggling "baby tooth economy" and the unusual teeth of a man who successfully foreclosed on those who were trying to foreclose on him.
America is known as the land of plenty and that is apparent to consumers charged with the task of buying toothpaste for the oral hygiene needs of their loved ones. Hundreds of different dental care products fill store shelves and promote a variety of perks such as flavor, tooth whitening abilities, combating halitosis and being gentle enough for sensitive teeth. The Wall Street Journal addressed those facts and Colbert opted to focus his attention on how he would now struggle to brush all 32 of his teeth with different options as toothpaste manufactures are "putting the breaks on new-product introductions" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148363319407354.html).
According to the WSJ report, there are now only 352 toothpaste varieties available, down from a the 412 recorded in March 2008 by Spire LLC. Colbert shed crocodile tears over the travesty and paid special tribute to some of the toothpastes that have died. Individuals mourning the death of their preferred toothpaste still have hundreds to choose from. Those overwhelmed by the task should seek the professional advice of their dentist to help in the decision-making products.