Toothbrush – compound word, to specify;

there are so many types of brushes.

One would not successfully scrape

plaque from enamel with a paintbrush’s soft


And definitely not to be confused with a

vile toilet-brush.

For your information, I mistakenly believed,

most of my life,

that I needed a good firm toothbrush.

And now I find the softer touch is so much

more effective.

But toothbrushes are like White House Spokesmen;

each bristle at their jobs,

And attempts at their work sometimes results in painful,

albeit quick, extractions –

Could someone turn up the nitrous?