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Ty Ty
(TylerD)

Locale: SE US
world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 08:29:27 MST Print View

I know this is only a small thing but it's fun to find the little things that don't cost much.

I stumbled across this toothbrush at Wal-Mart when I was looking to replace my toothbrush at home. It looked pretty light and it was I think $.79, Dr. Du-More's is the brand. I liked how the handle was flat versus the rouned handle Oral-B. I figured for $.79 why not.

I was pleasantly surprised at the weight, it fluctuates between .2 and .3 oz on my scale for the whole toothbrush versus my Oral-B cut down version that was .5 oz. So for $.79 you get a full handled toothbrush that weights about half what a traditional Oral-B toothbrush weights cut down plus it is cheaper. Can't beat that in my opinion.

Plus with the flat handle I think it will make it better to hold if you do decide to cut it down. I am going to leave mine the way it is.

toothbrush 1

toothbrush 2

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 08:42:51 MST Print View

My free toothbrush from the dentist is .1oz for the full size brush.

They are from this company

http://www.nexadental.com/Professionals/info/ORALPROD/prem/index.asp

Edited by annapurna on 02/15/2012 08:46:11 MST.

Ty Ty
(TylerD)

Locale: SE US
Re: Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 08:45:30 MST Print View

Darn, that was short lived :)

Still a good option if you don't have a dentist appt anytime soon.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 08:56:41 MST Print View

Really need to measure in grams for better accuracy. I've been using Dr. Du-More's for years, but never used it backpacking. Have thought about it, so now I will get another one for that purpose. After I bought my earlier ones, they seemed to have disappeared. Thanks for posting.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 09:28:04 MST Print View

Ty: Nice find - way cheap and pretty light without any mods.

When I consider toothbrushes, I wanted to multipurpose the handle in some way. Bristles on one end, spork on the other? Have the luxury of an easier to hold/use toothbrush and spork because they share the handle weight?

Or a pen/toothbrush?

How do we know the toothbrush was invented by hillbillies? Because otherwise, it would be called a teethbrush.

German Tourist
(GermanTourist) - F

Locale: in my tent
Finger tooth brushes on 02/15/2012 10:38:43 MST Print View

The lightest toothbrushes are probably finger tooth brushes used in baby care and prisons like that one:
http://www.amazon.com/Green-Sprouts-Toothbrush-Silicone-Finger/dp/B003JNELB4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1329327236&sr=8-5
Although they look great and are incredibly light weight they do not work. I once bought a whole bunch of them and did not like them at all. Very messy and they did not clean the teeth properly.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 10:44:49 MST Print View

Anna, 0.1 oz really is light for a toothbrush. I have been using a 4 paws dog/fingerbrush for the last few years and even that weighs 4 grams (0.14 oz). What model is it that you have? I am crazy enough to order one to save 1 gram (and have a full size brush) :)

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Light Toothbrush on 02/15/2012 11:43:23 MST Print View

I've used both the fingertip brush and the Colgate Wisp. They both leave you feeling like you wiped your teeth rather than that you just brushed them. The other thing about the fingertip (i.e. prison) brush is that you really want your finger to be clean before using it. I had a nasty experience with that when I woke up to a lot of bugs one morning and put my bug stuff on before brushing my teeth...Ugh.

I'll have to stop by Wal-Mart to pick a couple of these up. I'm willing to carry a couple of extra grams to have a better brushing experience.

Thanks for the post!

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Finger tooth brushes on 02/15/2012 12:02:48 MST Print View

Christine,

I agree about those finger-tip toothbrushes. Can't get lighter, but not very convenient. And I worry about shoving my whole finger into my mouth 3-4 times a day. Sure, I'd try to wash my hands well before hand, but any sanitation mistake can really wreck your trip.

I'm liking these:

http://www.gumbrand.com/search/?guid=2d6e7ab32f464481bf3ade102cd6a62d&operator=OR&F_All=Y&keyword=interdental&gclid=CJX-5d_QoK4CFWcbQgodkBDC-g

10 cm / 4" when extended. The brush end inverts and stores more compactly into the handle. The bristles are treated to resist bacterial growth on the bristles. That and a super-mini tube of toothpaste (or none) from a Chinese hotel and it's a very light set-up. 2 grams for the brush (0.07 oz) and 6 grams (0.21 oz) on the toothpaste but it gets lighter as you go. 8 for $4.75.Mini Toothbrush

Edited by DavidinKenai on 02/15/2012 12:18:53 MST.

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Finger tooth brushes on 02/15/2012 12:08:54 MST Print View

Price is $35 for the traveler! That is Cuben territory!

Thomas Conly
(conly) - F - M

Locale: Lots of canoeing and snow
Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 14:01:26 MST Print View

This past summer I thru-hiked the AT with a toothbrush I put together. I sawed off just the top of my toothbrush and hot glued it into a carbon fiber arrow shaft. The handle was full length and it weighed .1oz. I can't remember what it was in grams but it was actually less than .1oz. I even got the carbon fiber for free. The archery range had some broken arrows so I used the broken bits. I'll post a picture when I get home if anyone's interested.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 14:09:50 MST Print View

Also, the Colgate Wisp. The "freshening bead" actually pops right out, leaving just the brush/pick. Not as comfortable as a regular toothbrush but fine for a short trip.

http://www.colgatewisp.com/wisp/HomePage

Ben Whitsett
(BenWhitsett) - F
Re: Re: Finger tooth brushes on 02/15/2012 15:10:56 MST Print View

David,

I would throw that brush away... after having come in contact with that filthy scale!!!!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Echinacea on 02/15/2012 15:21:28 MST Print View

I know it's a long shot, but if you know you are hiking in Echinacea ( purple cone flower)territory, it makes a great antiseptic tooth brush. Best if it hasn't dried yet.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Proxy Brush on 02/15/2012 15:25:48 MST Print View

David, isn't that a proxy brush that goes between your teeth instead of a regular toothbrush?

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Your teeth are more important than weight! on 02/15/2012 15:40:53 MST Print View

Having been forced to spend many thousands of dollars on restorative dentistry over the years, I can assure you that any shortcuts to good dental hygiene on the trail are most definitely not worth saving a couple tenths of an ounce of weight! You need a toothbrush that will easily reach your back teeth and you need to floss daily. Besides, dental floss is a multiple use item, doubling as sewing thread.

The brush in the first post looks fine!

Edited by hikinggranny on 02/15/2012 15:42:00 MST.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Psychological benefits of good dental hygiene on 02/15/2012 16:19:46 MST Print View

I'm not a military guy, but my friend used to be a sergeant airborne ranger, he shared with me his philosophy. On long trips, he required his team to brush their teeth every night and in the morning. His reasoning is that when people are under prolonged physical stress, low morale can lead to sloppy work, accidents and preventable injury.

When his guys took the 5 mins to brush their teeth and shave their face, it gave them a better minty breath and focus on doing a high standard quality and pride in their job.

When your breath is *really* bad, you know it, the other guys know it, which leads to people avoiding each other.

For the solo BPer, who doesn't feel good about himself because of bad hygiene, which under prolonged periods of stress can lead to mild depression, apathy then accidents.

Morale is zero grams.

Edited by RogerDodger on 02/15/2012 20:35:21 MST.

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 20:24:07 MST Print View

Steven,the I have the orapro faze 3 and the orapro classic they weigh 3 grams each for the whole brush.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: world's lightest toothbrush possibly? on 02/15/2012 20:34:17 MST Print View

That's an amazingly low weight for a toothbrush. Might have to "secure" one from a dentist. The Dr. Du More's seem to last longer than other toothbrushes I have used in the past.

Edited by jshann on 02/15/2012 20:38:42 MST.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
Sugar Cane on 02/15/2012 20:48:50 MST Print View

I think I remember a while back reading about some tribe of people chewing on all things sugar cane.

No toothpaste, no flossing and they had better health then first world countries.

It purported that just the act of brushing/ chewing with the fibrous stalk would clean there teeth. The sugar would dissipate/ dissolve out and they would keep chewing after words so the sugar had no ill effects.

Not that sugar cane grows in all the areas we hike in. I wonder if another naturally occurring resource could be found at the end of each day. eliminating the weight all together.

I personally always bring my tooth brush and floss, but I do not always bring tooth paste.