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half-bristle toothbrush

Cut your average toothbrush bristles in half with a pair of scissors.
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Wiping your teeth with a bent bristle is one sad excuse for plaque removal. It reminds me of using a paint brush, having bending bristles designed more for the application of materials as opposed to their removal.

Brooms work so much more effectively when one sweeps using the ends of the bristles rather than using the sides or corners of the bristles. Are we not capable of applying these properties towards our own mouths? Are we really more concerned with design modifications like flexible heads and the all-important grippy surface?

I chop my toothbrush bristles in half. And so ecstatic I am with the results, for my teeth have never been cleaner, I doubt I shall ever use an unadulterated toothbrush again.

Happy brushing.

p.s. Advice to new users: No need for incessant frigging. Simply PUSH the bristles over any surface you wish to clean.

Seer Chin never mentioned hardening the bristles, only increasing their efficiency. Half length bristles are still pliable enough to reach under the gum line, and require far fewer strokes to remove plaque. Oh, and, ever try to push a broom along its lateral plane? Very effective.

Seer Chin, Aug 24 2002

(?) A word from our sponsor http://www.healthyt...org/prevention.html
"Contrary to what you might think, a gentle brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush is just as effective (and less damaging!) than a vigorous scrubbing with a stiff-bristle toothbrush. Your tooth enamel is relatively thin. Years of aggressive brushing can begin to wear away the enamel and make the teeth sensitive." [DrCurry, Aug 25 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       //No need for incessant frigging//
Frigging means different things to different people.
thumbwax, Aug 24 2002
  

       use toothpick to lift edge of gum - brush dental debris under gum - release gum.
po, Aug 24 2002
  

       Happy Bakerversary to po
Happy Bakerversary to po
Happy Bakerversary dear po
Happy Bakerversary to po
thumbwax, Aug 24 2002
  

       "Frigging," isn't that the ropes and sails and stuff on a boat?  I mean, that's where we got the term "frigate" isn't it?
bristolz, Aug 24 2002
  

       Obligatory Sex Pistols "Friggin' in the Riggin' " Post
thumbwax, Aug 24 2002
  

       Sounds like it could be a bit tough on the gums. I don't think less pliable bristles is the ultimate answer for clean teeth. Ever try to use a broom with really short bristles? Not too effective.   

       On second thought, I could get some more life out of those free toothbrushes I get from my dentist.
half, Aug 24 2002
  

       (Ray makes a mental note never to use 'friggin' as a replacement for f%#ck&@!' when in the halfbakery.)   

       Why not just go for steel wool? I think there's a reason the dentists tell us to use soft-bristle brushes. Even your teeth enamel have a tolerance limit.
RayfordSteele, Aug 24 2002
  

       [marked-for-deletion] - consumer advice, and bad consumer advice at that.
DrCurry, Aug 25 2002
  
      
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