- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- ASIN: B000HKTBQ2
- UPC: 798746337527
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,091 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Toothbrush Wood Natural Bristle Medium
- This personal care item was designed by Europe's finest craftsmen
- Eco friendly wooden toothbrush with natural bristles
- The toothbrushes are for adults and made with medium hardness
- Perfect for looking after healthy teeth and gum.
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Top Customer Reviews
Other reviewers have said that Swissco natural bristle toothbrushes are softer than regular nylon bristle toothbrushes, and that if you want a soft natural-bristle toothbrush, get one labelled "medium."
Boy, are they wrong.
After buying this brush, using it twice and then nursing a set of ravaged gums for three days, I decided it was better suited for cleaning small glass bottles and the nibs of my calligraphy pens. I am not putting it in my mouth again.
I have since learned that Swissco toothbrushes are coded extra-soft, soft and medium, with medium being the hardest. I'd say the "medium" brush I bought was comparable in feel to the hardest "extra-hard" nylon bristle brush I've ever used, and since I wanted a soft brush, I should have opted for the one Swissco calls "extra-soft." Unfortunately, the wooden handled brushes only come with "medium" bristles.*
Live and learn, I guess. But it would make more sense for Swissco to use a coding standard in accord with most people's dental hygiene experiences.
Still, it is a lovely brush, warm yet minimalist, almost Japanese in its natural look and Zen-like austerity.
*Softer natural bristles are available on Swissco's "tortoise" and "white horn" handled toothbrushes, both of which are actually plastic. This wood-handled "medium" bristled entity is the only all-natural toothbrush that Swissco makes.
Some folks say the bristles are too hard, and indeed they are quite stiff. You need to soften them by running under water for more than half a second, kinda like when you first get a new body brush. The bristles WILL break in after a short period of time, and until then I just brush gingerly. I make homemade toothpaste using coconut oil. This is the only natural bristle toothbrush that does not fall apart after 2 weeks of using my oil based toothpaste and for that I love it.
The head is large, after all you can't expect to whittle wood down to nothing and have it still be functional. However, it is not unmanageable. I am 5' 4" and have a small mouth - and I have no problem reaching the very back teeth.
You can't expect to go to something made of radically different materials and have the identical experience as with a plastic toothbrush. I like that I'm not putting plastic in my mouth, and boar bristles are simply far superior to nylon in their cleaning power. The only reason I give this 4 stars is for the price, $10 is quite high for a toothbrush. But I care a great deal about this kind of thing and it lasts quite a long time so I don't mind paying.
However, I would not recommend this for people with small mouths as the brush is quite large and even at 6'0 I find it quite big for my size.
Anyways, to me this is almost the perfect toothbrush. You may first focus on getting the fluoride and chemicals out of your mouth by switching to a natural toothpaste like Nature's Gate or similar products. This may be the next step on your evolutionary course (along with silk floss) towards natural oral cleanliness.
While other reviewers slander the rigidity of the bristles I think that one of this product's finer points. My experience with this toothbrush has been one from rigid bristles and gentle pressure to increasingly soft bristles and harder pressure. I may be close to getting a year's use out of this toothbrush and I can honestly say I wish the bristle's were rigid like they used to be. But such is the course of any toothbrush, and it's probably time for a replacement. So just be extra gentle on your gums when this baby is new, and in a few months you should be able to scrub as hard as you want.
i may dream of a sustainably harvested wood handle with no clear coat or varnish with ethically harvested wild boar's hair, but for now this product seems like a win!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i really like this toothbrush and it cleans my teeth really well. i do have to switch it out pretty regularly though.Published 4 months ago by notthehippy
I want to like this. I really do. I'm allergic to plastic, so a non-synthetic toothbrush is really important to me. I like the feel of the handle, and love the stiff bristles. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kwheeler
I wanted an environmentally friendly alternative to toothbrushes, but this just doesn't cut it. The head is too large to clean back molars and the bristles were so hard and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It just love these toothbrushes. I was unable to find a toothbrush with a straight handle and natural, medium bristles in any store. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elizabeth Sabella
This toothbrush really leaves my teeth feeling clean. Yes, it is a bit stiff at first so you can't just go and scour your mouth with it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Erica Sullivan
Five stars for a toothbrush that has no plastic components. Zero stars for the mammoth size of the thing. Negative stars for no version with soft bristles. Read morePublished 22 months ago by X
I use this with hair spray on the baby fine hairs around my face!Published 23 months ago by andegia
it's too hard. Even when you pre-soak it, it's still too hard. It's like a regular "hard" toothbrush....
I like the handle & bristles. Read more
I was really excited to but a wooden natural bristle tooth brush. However, the head of this brush is just a little too big for comfort. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Blue