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Toothbrushes Getting Smaller
Posted by Buddyboy on 07/05/2010
Here's one in the category of "Has anyone else noticed this?" For years I have bought my toothbrushes at large department stores, usually WalMarts. They have large displays of toothbrushes, a good variety of all types and sizes. Over time I have noticed that the smaller the toothbrush, the less its life expectancy. Never mind, I prefer larger toothbrushes anyway. I have also noticed that the sparser the bristles, the shorter the life expectancy. Never mind, I prefer the fuller bristled large headed brushes, almost always an Oral B.

For about the last couple of years I have noticed that the usually ample supply of straight shaped, fuller bristled, large headed brushes have disappeared. Completely disappeared! I have asked at WalMart and been told that they are "not available". I have checked a variety of smaller drug stores, again being told they can't get larger headed (adult sized) toothbrushes. So, I contacted Oral B. They told me that they did indeed have larger sized brushes available, suggesting a "Indicator 60". No. none of their brushes are straight shaped. In spite of Oral B's claim, I have been unable to get a larger brush anywhere.

Here are a few thoughts. Small brushes wear out faster than large brushes. A Win for the manufacturer and the retailer if we can be weaned onto smaller brushes. Sparser bristles wear out faster than fuller brush heads. A Win for the manufacturer and the retailer if we can be weaned onto sparser headed brushes. I am starting to get the drift. Is there a conspiracy here? Are we consumers being quietly bilked? Next time you are at a large display of toothbrushes, check it out. They are all small headed, poorly shaped brushes. A flat handle is easier to control so why are handles almost all rounded these days? They have coloured bristles angled back and forth, odd shaped heads rarely with parallel sides, all small, all sparsely bristled. Check the web. Look for an adult sized, full bristled brush with a straight, flat handle and parallel sided heads of the sort that were everywhere to be found just two or three years ago. Good luck. I'm still looking.


     
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Posted by Skye on 2010-07-05:
Smaller brushes and bristles are more gentle on the teeth and the gums. Try the Oral B, compact, #41, which have the larger bristles. Not quite as large as the 60, but close enough. My husband uses those, and I use soft compact #35, which is smaller and very gentle, which I prefer.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-05:
Have you ever tried buying a no-name value pack of toothbrushes? You know, the ones with no frills, no fancy shaped bristles or cleverly (?) designed handles? The toothbrushes I've seen in those value packs sound exactly like what you're looking for.

Something as simple as a toothbrush has turned into a multi-million dollar industry, much like bottled water.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-07-05:
i think the ada has something to do with this. they are finding smaller heads are better at getting to the back teeth.
Posted by old fart on 2010-07-05:
Admin erased my original comment... it had to do with the importance of toothbrushes compared to the world situation...
Posted by Alain on 2010-07-05:
Better brushing, better teeth, and a better world, OF? You might be on to something. I liked this review. It's got me thinking in all sorts of directions!
Posted by old fart on 2010-07-05:
Alain... it's the answer to all our prayers..
Posted by Alain on 2010-07-05:
Ya know, OF, I do believe you're right! I'm going to brush vigorously tonight!
Posted by old fart on 2010-07-05:
Alain... Make sure that your toothbrush has enough bristles....
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-05:
OF, I know what you mean, but I also have to say that finding a toothbrush that is comfortable to use is important. Because if it's not comfortable, you're less likely to use it. I really don't care about the amount of bristles or even how long it lasts, but I do like finding a toothbrush that I can easily hold without it slipping, and one that I feel is cleaning all my teeth. Some brushes are better for me than others. It's not the most important thing in my life, but it just makes everyday life a little easier.
Posted by Alain on 2010-07-05:
Good point, Venice! I just checked our toothbrushes. My wife's (a generic) is a full head, pretty good on the bristles. Mine is an Oral-B with ample bristles, medium hard. I like mine better (I didn't test her's, but I had one like it before I got the Oral-B).
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-05:
I never gave my toothbrush a second thought until at one point I was dreading brushing my teeth and didn't know why. When I started using a new brush, I immediately noticed the difference. I realized that the old brush was the reason I didn't want to brush my teeth. So I made a mental note of the brand and style of the new brush so I would keep buying the same one or a similar one. It also made me realize that if kids don't want to brush their teeth, it might be for the same reason. Parents should try different brushes and toothpastes until they hit on something their child likes and will use without putting up a fuss.
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Oral B Satin Floss - Shredding!
Posted by on 10/24/2006

Ordinarily, I have good oral hygiene, brushing after each meal or snack, and visiting my dentist twice a year. However, upon my latest visit, I was once again chastised by my "high and mighty" hygienist for not flossing regularly! I know I should make it part of my daily dental routine, but hey, we're all busy, right? Some days I barely have time to e-trade or read the Wall Street Journal, much less spend 3 minutes to floss!

The hygienest gave me a healthy dose of criticism along with a small sample of Crest GLIDE cool mint deep clean floss. This is a good product, one that I highly recommend. (I might buy stock in crest!) However, the sample was small, and ran out in a few days of diligent flossing.

My haberdashery didn't stock the Crest Glide, so I substituted with ORAL-B Satin floss. The container was ergonomically designed, pleasing to the grip. And hey, with a well known and respected name brand of Oral B, how could you go wrong?

Well....it's like this. The stuff shreds on my teeth! The Crest brand is a good product, retains it's tensile integrity throughout the molars, incisors and everyone in between - for the entire flossing session. The Oral-B is a failure by comparison. About the time I finish the lower jaw, the stuff starts to shred. Now, that might not seem like much of a problem, but when it starts coming apart and leaving strands in your teeth, it's not much fun. You end up having to pick the strands out, or use MORE floss to get the other stuff out!?!? So a job that should take just a couple of minutes, ends up taking much longer, and how many e-trades have I missed!???

I just can't recommend the ORAL-B Satin Floss. In my learned opinion, it's an inferior product. Stay away from this stuff, and the next time your hygienest gives you grief about your gums, remind her who's paying the bill, and threaten to strangle her with floss! - pwp

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-24:
You should just do what I do, PwP, don't go to the dentist. I know someone reading this is gonna say "Ewwwww!", but, I haven't had any dental problems (or been to the dentist) since 1990. I personally prefer the one-time use flossers on a stick.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-24:
*tears brought on by laughter* Best informative so far there p-dub! Try using a FRESH strand for EACH space between those fangs of yours! My g*d what are you doing with that stuff? Try the extra thin floss as well. Good luck and remember, "a clean mouth is a happy mouth". ADA
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-10-24:
Satin floss just doesn't sound very strong. I stick with the basic regular stuff from Johnson & Johnson. Regarding the floss sticks, I don't particularly care for those. They seem to always break or get stuck in my mouth, almost killing me from choking.
Posted by *Brenda* on 2006-10-24:
Uhh. Yeahh.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-24:
Well Pirate...I just happen to have a little sample of the stuff sitting here...I guess I must have gotten it in the mail or in the newspaper...I've had problems in the past with floss shredding and I have to say I hate when that happens...so, while reading your very interesting and intriguing review, I decide to open up this little foil sample and give it a try. It didn't shred at all, so that made me happy compared to the other brands I've tried. But I have to say that they have such a strong flavor of mint on it,that it actually burned the sides of my mouth...way too strong. I don't use the floss picks...but I do have a plastic holder that a roll of floss is placed inside and you just pull it through and use fresh floss each time...but even with that, the plastic floss holder is sometimes hard to maneuver in the back of the mouth...you see, I don't have a big mouth so that makes it hard to use sometimes.
Posted by Shakra on 2006-10-24:
Unliked Debtor and Pirate, I appreciate a good toothpicking. Prior to boycotting Walmart, my preferred toothpicks were plastic with a bristle on one end and a flat end on the other that I could only find at Walmart. Oh, how my gums tingled at the thought of the toothpick cleaning each and every space between my teeth. Alas, I have not been able to find its equal since then, so I've moved onto the stick with the floss. *sigh*
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-24:
Ewwwwwww I don't know how anyone can use those! In fact I often wondered if anyone DID! Nothing beats flossing like a good strand of one's own hair!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-24:
Pirate, I thought you took soaked your teeth in a glass at night with some Efferdent to clean them..???
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-24:
I'm too busy day-trading to hassle with fraying floss! Ya get one chance and that's it. I'm sticking to the Crest Glide if I can find it!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
"though" the day? Speak the King's English man.
Posted by MollyDolly on 2006-10-25:
Youre gonna lose your teeth emt c if you dont go to the dentist
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
Its OK if you lose your teeth cause you can get new ones and just put them in a blow at night. Let the tooth fairy clean them live is to short to worry about teeth.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
Satin Floss to lie on...satin pillows to cry on.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
live = life
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
Don't mean to string you along about floss.............
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-25:
TheNewSheriff (10/25/2006)
"Satin Floss to lie on...satin pillows to cry on" ...still, I have no smile, can't you see? Big looong string attack, spitting out chucks of Big Mac and still I want my floss to set me free.
Posted by lobo65 on 2006-10-25:
I also use Glide floss exclusively. My teeth are pretty tightly spaced, so regular floss won't do. It just shreds. I've used Oral B, and it works. Not as well as Glide though.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
Alright, MollyDolly, fact: the only people thus far in my life(and family) that have lost teeth, are those that go to the dentist twice a year. One of these people is older (my father), the other is younger (my sister).
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
everyone should be clicking this review as "very helpful."
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-25:
I give you an "E" for effort, Pirate!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
I'd rather you click me "very helpful."
Posted by Skye on 2006-10-25:
I use Glide floss by Crest. It is called comfort plus, extra comfort, mint flavor. It works really well. I have had that satin floss you are complaining about, and it also shredded on me. It is pretty expensive, so I really think it is suckful that it shreds.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
I use steal wool and a stick it works very well.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-25:
Lidman, if I need it, me too! Or, if I don't have that available, a credit card, or, a fingernail will work just fine.
Posted by DORCAS on 2006-10-26:
This is the funniest thing I've read all day. Informative yet entertaining. A word of advice if you plan to floss while reading this stuff; have a wipe handy to clean off the food particles that got flicked on your screen.
P.S. Someone told me thongs are a good flosser. Oh,wait different topic. Nevermind.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-26:
I agree with DORCAS...it's called butt floss!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-26:
...and I don't want to know what Liddy uses for THAT!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-26:
Dorcas, when did you see Lidman's butt floss? Is he showing it to everyone but me?
Posted by MollyDolly on 2006-10-26:
Lidman Id rather have my own teeth than dentures =/
Posted by DORCAS on 2006-10-26:
emt c: He's holding out cause I haven't seen it either. Maybe a leopard print thong?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-26:
No leopard print, I like animals "Stars and stripes", I will never show my thongs because then where would the mystery be? I don't know what butt floss is? Molly if you have teeth don't lose them but if they are bad, think of the possibilities.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-27:
Not to worry Liddy...Iseen you with your thongs on and believe me, the mystery still lives! HaHaHaHa!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-27:
Ok...where's my 5th star...that comment sure deserved it!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-27:
I'm ready for my second star!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-10-30:
We haven't had the time to digest the fact that you got your first star yet.
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