I cheerfully leap on and off the Natural Living wagon so often, my knees may give out. Since natural/mostly natural personal care can set one back a few extra dollars, I’m going to start posting reviews of all the hippie-friendly products I try. Fair enough?
Here’s what I put my mouth through in 2011-2012:
Theraneem Naturals Neem Toothpaste: Not a flavor one looks forward to. Or, to which one looks forward, you darn grammarian. Also, the yellowish-brownish color of the paste seemed to be staining my toothbrush bristles. Could it also stain teeth?
LUSH Toothy Tabs in Sparkle: I thought these tasted terrible until I tried LUSH Toothy Tabs in Dirty and learned the meaning of the word “terrible.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll miss all that money you spent on fancy-pants dentifrice. What they gain in novelty and tooth-cleansing scrubbiness they lose in flavor. The box is recyclable, but getting the box wet can ruin your whole batch of tabs, and bathrooms get pretty wet.
If Toothy Tabs ever come in a plain, stodgy flavor, I’ll buy ’em.
RADIUS Cranberry Dental Floss: A little thick, which is bad news for tight teeth. The cranberry flavor is very mild and pleasant. If this floss were waxier, it’d be much easier to use. On the bright side, the non-smooth texture of the floss may help scour between teeth. Not a bad investment (thanks, Annie!), but I hope they come out with a cranberry dental ‘tape’ someday. Those are nice.
(Image from Wild Earth Market’s site, which seems to be busted)
RADIUS Original Toothbrush: My little sister had one of these as a teen. I wanted one for about five years, but couldn’t justify paying around $10 for a toothbrush. Eventually, it occurred to me that $10 wasn’t too much to pay for something I’d wanted for five years.
I was happy with the RADIUS Original; the massive head feels like it’s cleaning your whole mouth. The ergonomic handle is a bit annoying, as I like to switch hands and positions while brushing. I seem to remember the packaging claiming this toothbrush would last up to nine months, which would certainly bring down the cost per use. The RADIUS site says this:
How long do RADIUS brushes last?
We surveyed 1251 users in 2000 to find out how long.
- 30% said 12 months or more
- 30% said 9 months
- 30% said 6 months
- 10% said 3 months
Don’t ask me how anyone’s getting a whole year’s use out of a single toothbrush, short of not EVER brushing. Mine lasted three months or less, same as any toothbrush.
(Another broken image link. Sigh!)
RADIUS Source Toothbrush: I wanted one for a mere three years. Why do I delay small pleasures? Anyway, the elegant design and replaceable heads lured me in. I’ve never seen a prettier toothbrush, and I’m exactly the sort of person who cares. (Yeah, yeah, they saw me coming.) Again, these heads last me three months or less, like any other toothbrush.
But my teeth have been feeling unclean lately and I can’t afford a dentist, so I borrowed one of Ian’s toothbrushes on a whim. Sure enough, my teeth felt better afterward. Now, soft bristles are gentlest for teeth, and RADIUS claims theirs are super-soft. I don’t want to take risks with conventional bristles if they aren’t soft enough, but I DO need my teeth to feel clean. Should I stick with RADIUS, but replace the heads more often? Should I use whatever toothbrush is cheapest, so I can replace them as often as I like? I’d compare a brand new conventional toothbrush to a new Source head, but I only buy RADIUS heads when they’re on sale. Hmm…. ….
This concludes this year’s installment of Adventures in a Jaunty Mouth. Tune in next year, home readers!