The population of Cairns, Townsville and the surrounding environs are coming to terms with being hit by the worst toothbrush related disaster in Queensland's history - beating the 1997 toothbrush flu epidemic where 25% of Queensland's toothbrushes had to be culled which up until now residents thought couldn't be beaten.
After pulling through the worst of Cyclone Yasi, residents thought they were finally out of the woods when it came to disasters affecting their area but now, the revelation has shocked many and several have resorted to manual brushing.
Queensland's Premier expressed her sadness at a televised press conference in Brisbane but also addressed the issue at hand. 'We will offer support and guidance to those affected but also bring in new measures to ensure that North Queensland will be able to pull through if another scenario like this arises.'
However, many people saw this as an address too little too late and criticised Queensland's State Government for lack of information on implementation of the safeguards.
The region around Cairns is the worst affected area in Northern Queensland with a massive 66% of residents reporting toothbrush failure. Townsville reports a smaller number: 33% of residents reporting toothbrush failure.
Many believe now that Transportation links between Cairns and Townsville could be hit with difficulty if people decide to journey south in the hope of being able to charge their toothbrushes.