I saw an ad for this product and thought “Great Idea!” Who hasn’t felt the need to brush their teeth after a garlic laced lunch, a pot of strong coffee, or a nap on a plane? A portable, water free, toothbrush!
So I bought a pack of four for about $2.50 to try them out, thinking “Just the thing to have on hand after an everything bagel!” But, like so many good ideas before it, the execution just isn’t quite there.
First, the handle is too short. It’s too flimsy to just brush with two fingers, you have to grasp it like a real tooth brush–so you’re left punching yourself in the face as you try to brush with it’s stubby little plastic stalk.
Second, the little “bead” of freshener/toothpaste/whatever it is, doesn’t taste all that minty fresh. More like a sugar free mint from the bottom of Grandma’s purse, circa 1992. And are you supposed to just brush til it dissolves? It doesn’t foam up at all like toothpaste does, so I was left feeling like it didn’t do much.
Thirdly, the bristles are weak…remind me of the sort of hairbrush that comes with a dollar store Barbie doll. By the time the bead of freshener dissolves, the bristles are smooshed and bent beyond uselessness.
So, for 60 some cents a use, you’re better off just buying a pack of gum. Try again, Colgate.