Most People To Have Their Teeth Brushed By A Dentist In 20 Seconds

Bruce Anderson

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States / December 5, 2011

Dr. Bruce Anderson brushed 22 people’s teeth in 20 seconds during a stop on the RecordSetter book tour.

Anderson set the record at The Highland Inn in Atlanta during a RecordSetter LIVE! event. RecordSetter Council president Dan Rollman and co-founder Corey Henderson presided over the attempt.

- must brush teeth in a side-to-side motion 
- may use a single brush or multiple brushes 
- must brush people's teeth one at a time
- record must be set by a dentist
- may not brush any person's teeth more than once
- must follow form of current world record holder
- must provide video evidence


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  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Hilarious video, but this shouldn't be the world record. You've clearly brushed each person's teeth twice, which doesn't follow the form of the previous record, and violates the notion of "number of people." I would vote to deny this attempt. Gather more people and try again!

    • United States Clint Poore

      Clint Poore

      Dan I see your point on this. I re-watched the video and also re-read the rules and have to say this is a tough decision. On a personal level, it would be better if the dentist had brushed 21 people's teeth once instead of 20 people twice. As for following the form, I see form as an action and Mr Rutherford did follow the same form as the previous record. I also see your point, but it is clearly not stated in the current set of rules that you can one brush each persons teeth once. Therefore, I have to say I would let the record stand, but would to clarify I would prefer a re-submission of this attempt with more than 20 actual people, to be more in tune with the spirit of the original record, plus add the stipulation that the attempt may only brush each person's teeth once during the record attempt. But to Mr Rutherford, it was a fun record to view and keep the records coming.

    • Canada Dan Rollman

      Dan Rollman

      Clint, thanks for the thoughtful response. Neil, I have great love for the video you and your team sent. That said, after talking with our moderation team, we are still going to deny this world record.

      “Repeating” people in a group record is a method we’ve seen before. It is an extremely slippery slope. In your case, the dentist used 20 people. If we permitted that, what would stop another dentist from only using TWO people and brushing their teeth back and forth? Such form would create an obviously unfair advantage, and be an extremely long stretch from the spirit of the original record.

      To avoid such disputes in the future, we’ve added “may not brush any person’s teeth more than once” to the rules. This should have been there in the first place. I sincerely apologize that we’re unable to recognize your submission given the energy put in by you and your team, but hope you’ll understand our reasoning.

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