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December 25, 2005

My toothbrush


It's a Radius Scuba Left–Handed model (above).

I buy them by the half–dozen from the Radius website.

They send an assortment of handle and bristle colors, but guess what: all Radius Scuba toothbrushes look alike in the dark.

And they all function equally well without photons.

But I digress — this isn't about photons, it's about a toothbrush.

What is my problem?

Oh, right, OK.


The Scuba employs a wonderful rubbery–feeling substance for the handle and seems to make my mouth happier than the original hard plastic model.

I think that's because it has more flex and so provides more "give."

I still like the original black Scuba version best, though they've added a variety of handle colors; buy one for yourself and see what you think.

I took to ordering by phone years ago when I could never find them at my CVS or Kroger with any certainty; when the internet got serious I switched to buying online.


They cost $8.95 apiece here; a 3–pack is $24.15 and a 6–pack is $42.96.

A word about toothbrush management, as long as we're on the subject of toothbrushes.

After you've brushed, rest your toothbrush — whichever brand you use — bristles down such that the bristles can air dry without being in contact with anything.

I like to simply rest mine on the toothpaste tube, such that the narrow neck of the brush contacts the tube, allowing the head to extend freely into space.

I suppose that legendary producer Bruce Dickinson would refer to that as the "bristle space" but Bruce couldn't be with us today so you'll just have to make do.

I mean, I am, so what's your problem?


Do not put the brush in a holder that allows it to stand straight up, nor should you put it inside the bathroom cabinet or any sort of case.

You want the residual water to evaporate and carry whatever organisms are in solution away from the bristles' base.

You do not want whatever's still on the brush tracking back along the bristles into the body of your brush to await a future intra–oral campaign.

Who's writing this post, anyway?


When should you buy a new toothbrush?

Don't do it by the calendar but, rather, by how the brush looks.

When lots of bristles start to bend away from the vertical it's time to change.

There, that wasn't so bad, was it?


I might even go so far as to say you got your money's worth.

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