GossamerGear Ultralight Handle Toothbrush
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Aug 17, 2015 at 11:05 am #1331761RSpectator
I recently took this toothbrush on a 7 day trip. I actually skipped brushing one day because it's such a nuisance to use. That's pretty much the definition of dead weight in your pack, never mind furry teeth and bad breath. 1.8g sure is enticing, but not if it doesn't work. The $2.50 price tag seems cheap at first, but big brand mini-toothbrushes can be had at half that, and they actually do work.
In more detail…
This tooth brush has 2 major design flaws:
1) Due to the open framework of the handle, you can't seal your lips around it to prevent tooth paste from running down your chin.
2) The bristles are stiffer than the handle, so the handle is not capable of pressing the head of the brush against your teeth hard enough to get the bristles to deform around the contours of your teeth.
How to use:
– Outer surfaces of your teeth: contract your cheeks and lips to force the head of the brush against your teeth.
– Inner surfaces of your teeth: use your tongue to press the head of the brush against your teeth. This is a bit trickier than using your cheeks/lips.
– Molars: choke up on the handle enough to use your thumb or forefinger to press the head of the brush against the grinding surfaces of your teeth. Yes, this will get tooth paste on your fingers.
– Don't forget to keep your head tilted back at all times to prevent tooth paste from dripping down your chin through the handle.
On the 6th use the handle broke in 3 places.
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