@yakkoTDI Yeesh. I remember that ad, just barely. And I recall having just learned that a beaver’s teeth are naturally yellow, and never stop growing; that made their choice of mascot/spokescritter a little absurd.
@brennyn@Kyeh@mikesmells@werehatrack I’ve never understood why nature/evolution/whatever made dental issues so painful. I mean, sure - if Ogg breaks an arm or leg while mammoth hunting, the pain will make him favor the sore limb so it may heal in some fashion. But tooth issues don’t repair themselves, no matter how you baby them.
Just a cruel joke?
@brennyn@Kyeh@macromeh@mikesmells@werehatrack My kid came from Cambodia at nearly 10. I was told she had used a toothbrush on occasion, although on what occasion I don’t know as I had to show her what it was and how to use it. She did not have one cavity. She was the curiosity object at the dental school. They finally concluded that this was because of the diet she ate in Cambodia. Being poor it was rice with bugs for protein, mangos stolen from trees, fish caught without a net or fishing rod, sucked marrow out of bones and ate small bones like fish head bones (so her molars were pretty ground down)… Likely a lot closer to the diet of when our teeth first evolved.
@Kidsandliz@rpg714@werehatrack Hard bristles are great, if the job you’re trying to do is to strip all the enamel off your teeth. If you brush correctly, soft bristles remove MORE plaque and gunk than hard bristles. Ask your dentist. You do have a dentist, don’t you?
@ellett I have a dentist. He remarks about what good shape my teeth are in, other than the 40(+)-year-old fillings, and how little plaque he has to chip loose. I shall continue to do what I have long done, TYVM, and the rest of you are welcome to do what works for you. The conventional wisdom produced abysmal results for me, so I ignore it immoderately.
i recently switched to a manual soft after using electric for years. even in gentle setting I had some gum irritation and wanted to help it recover, the soft manual really helped and though it was strange to remember how to use it, i felt it helped. i might move back to electric but for a while I think changing to soft manual was good.
@pmarin These are nicely soft. Not too flimsy, but not stiff at all. I just ran upstairs to check that this is what I’m using before pulling the buy trigger. I thought I would hate the rubber bits in there because if it squeaked or felt weird at all…I hardly notice them. I used to use the Colgate Total model and lament it’s retirement.
I’m still using the toothbrush that I put into service 7 years ago, which I had stashed in a drawer because they had discontinued that design 10 years before that. Somehow, I don’t think I need to buy 20 toothbrushes.
@Kidsandliz@mehvid1 Incorrect on all counts. It gets used daily, it’s not worn out, it’s also not soft bristle, and it does the job. Back before I switched to this kind of brush, I had lots of cavities, and was using soft brushes. I abandoned both. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to get one exactly like it at this point. And I’m going to be pissed off as hell if I can’t find something as good when this one finally does wear out. Which, eventually, it will. But not just yet.
@mehvid1@werehatrack Have to say most of what I learned about Marketing I learned from Mad magazine in the 1970s. It taught me many things about planned obsolescence, F.U.D. (less poisonous than the other leading brand), and even the “shrinkflation” they are talking about again 40 years later (large box with smaller amount of contents but same price). And sizes starting with “Large”. (or maybe Tall/Grande/Venti – but who would do that??)
I’m not sure how these would be considered soft, since if you look closely, what they call “polishing cups” (those sections that look like broken blue circles running through the center of the bristles) are made of plastic or rubber. For anyone with sensitive teeth, or anyone who might be weirded out by anything other than bristles, these might not work out. Personally, I tried a similar style from a different brand once & never used it again. Just looking at these gives me the heebie jeebies.
@ircon96 I had similar misgivings and was pleasantly surprised that I don’t notice them. I completely understand not wanting to take a chance on 20 of these if you haven’t tried them before though and are toothbrush particular.
@ircon96 Yeah, Makes me doubtful too. When I used Oral-B electric, there were some that had those ´rubber petals,´ and I didn’t like them. When I look at the picture of this, the middle part is the same kind of thing.
So I was a ´soft buy’ on this, meaning maybe I’d buy. But now I’m a rubbery-petal ‘no.’
@nhendley I think these were promo packs to begin with. I recall that the last time i (unsuccessfully) went looking for toothbrushes, these unbrushes were the only thing Colgate had - and none of the packages were just one. That might have been unusual, or it might not. I know that I didn’t buy them then, and was disappointed with what I did buy. But then I found a couple of unopened new-old-stock brushes of my favorite kind in the back of a drawer at home, and stopped looking. I have no idea what they are peddling these days, but I doubt that I’d want it.
I have to wonder which I would find to be less useful; these unbrushes or the soft-bristle sonics that I tried and found desperately wanting? Just for the sake of completeness, i grabbed a pair of bargain-price sonics here a while back, and gave them a try. The soft bristles just utterly failed to clean the tartar at the gum line, and I had to follow up with my manual brush to get my teeth actually clean. The vibrating brush certainly gives the impression of being busily hard at work, but it’s accomplishing very little with its strenuous efforts, no matter how I vary the pressure or positioning.
These? I’ll continue to give them a very hard pass.