Any practice that helps save money is generally regarded as something worth trying out. This is as true when applied to oral health and dental hygiene, as it is when applied to just about anything else, especially considering the sometimes considerable costs of visits to your local dental practice.
Of course, proper dental care begins at home before getting in the dentist’s chair; and saving money on toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and related products is one way of chipping away at the costs. If toothpaste is considered a precious commodity, then it naturally follows that you’ll want to save as much of it as you can.
If you’re an individual aiming to get the most out of your toothpaste, the Toothpaste-Squeezing Toothbrush, designed by Catherine Werdel, may be right up your alley. According to Wired, this low-tech device might end up being an excellent solution to your formerly fruitless efforts to squeeze that last drop of toothpaste from the tube, motivated by your desire to get the most for your money’s worth.
The Werdel-designed toothbrush does not look all that different from any other brush, except for the thin rectangular opening in the center of the brush’s handle, which is just wide enough for the bottom of a tube of toothpaste to squeeze through.
Using this brush, you simply slide it forward along the tube towards the neck of the bottle, squeezing the toothpaste out, even when there is little or next to nothing left in the container. As a less significant additional feature, the brush also ends up turning any toothpaste tube into a de facto toothbrush stand, keeping the bristles away from anything on the sink that could make them less clean.
Werdel’s new toothbrush is not the only device designed to make sure that toothpaste tubes are “good to the last drop,” so to speak. Another recent device, the Italian-designed Cedes Milano toothpaste squeezer, is apparently handcrafted and chrome-plated, with a winding, squeezing mechanism
– in other words, a simple utilitarian device turned into a high fashion accessory for your bathroom.
There’s only one catch. According to Dvice, the Cedes Milano toothpaste squeezer retails at $300! Moreover, no price is currently listed for Werdel’s toothbrush. A better bet, then, might be to buy the VeriFresh tube squeezer, which currently costs only $2.99.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, with a toothpaste bearing the ADA seal of approval and containing optimal amounts of fluoride.
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