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Robert Wagstaff

Robert Wagstaff

Title: Founder and Chairman of the Board

Company: Orabrush

Location: Springville, Utah

Educational Background:

BS, Animal Science, Utah State University, 1958
MS, Animal Science, Utah State University, 1959
PhD, Washington State University, 1964


Dr. Robert Wagstaff – "Dr. Bob" – is founder and chairman of Orabrush, and inventor of the Orabrush tongue cleaner. A biochemist and nutritionist by education and training, he was serving as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (i.e. the Mormons) in the Philippines when he received complaints about the bad breath of some of his missionaries. Realizing that the effects of bad breath were not confined to his missionaries (or those with whom they interacted), Dr. Bob used his scientific bona fides and know-how to root out the problem at its source – the tongue!

His study of tongue scrapers, toothbrushes and other oral hygiene products on the market showed that none of them were capable of properly removing the bacteria that was the primary cause of bad breath, so Dr. Bob devised a tongue brush with individual soft, flexible, pointed bristles and scraper necessary to reach and remove the offending bacteria.

The ultimate result was the creation of the most innovative and effective tongue cleaner ever created – the Orabrush tongue cleaner. The global Orabrush phenomenon is a tribute to Dr. Bob’s ingenuity and persistence – it was his idea to seek out the contributions of the 20-something Millennials who developed the marketing campaign that catapulted Orabrush to international online superstardom.

Dr. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from Utah State University and a PhD in biochemistry and nutrition from Washington State University. He was granted a U.S. patent (#6792642) as well as FDA approval (#3005936367) for the Orabrush and has also received a worldwide registered trademark for the name Orabrush. Dr. Bob continues to contribute to the growth of Orabrush by working on new companion Orabrush products that will be introduced to the market in the future.