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mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/30/2012 08:08:47 MDT Print View

I have a toothbrush and toothpaste (in it's own tube big enough for I'd say 7 days once a day brush) that weighs .39ounce or 11grams.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/30/2012 08:30:06 MDT Print View

I'll play but you might consider it cheating...

Take a small twig (evergreen is nice) and chew the end until it gets fuzzy. Brush thoroughly for a piney-fresh feel, then return to nature.

Weight: 0 grams


-David


Here's a random picture I found in case you're not sure what I'm talking about:

Twig Brush

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/30/2012 08:31:52 MDT Print View

Out of curiosity, care to share a pic of your setup? What kind of toothbrush is it?

-David

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/30/2012 08:44:06 MDT Print View

I'd like to hear what it is as well-on shorter trips I use a Wisp toothbrush w/ a tiny vial of toothpowder (the stuff that comes w/ the Wisp goes into the garbage- it doesn't work imo)- it's very light, but the Wisp is only good for a couple of days and as the "bristles" break down pretty quickly

Brian Johns
(bcutlerj) - M

Locale: NorCal
I think Zpacks would be a tie on 10/30/2012 13:20:04 MDT Print View

The tooth paste Zpacks sells with its setup is 7 grams (weigh declines with use), smallest I've ever seen. The brush is 4.5 grams, 9 grams if you bring the handle extension piece.

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
pics to come on 10/30/2012 13:57:38 MDT Print View

I have tried to upload images before to BPL with zero luck. Will take some pics and get back to you hopefully will be able to do so. But in the mean time it is basically a cut down toothbrush modified from a travel pack and the smallest tube of paste I have ever seen. I bought it from the 'travel section' of the chemist (drugstore).

ps;I started with those whisps(?) too but found them to be next to useless. One thing is that the toothpaste provided on each one is too small an amount and the handle is too short to effectively reach around in my mouth. Also the head was tiny....too much hard work. The dentist told me that plaque removal is not about how hard you brush but brushing softly for a longer time.

Stay tuned pics to come.

Paul Wozniak
(PaulW)

Locale: Midwest
can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight?" on 10/30/2012 14:36:10 MDT Print View

Not sure about your toothbrush but I can beat your toothpaste weight. I don't bring toothpaste or toothpowder. I think toothpaste is not much different than deodorant (which I also don't bring) - mostly there for the smell. At least short term where fluoride doesn't matter.

I believe brushing twice per day with a water rinse and using a tootpick (ala Victoronix Classic) is plenty good over a week. I could be wrong but nobody has complained yet.

I too would like to see your toothbrush. Mine is a childs brush from the dollar store.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: pics to come on 10/30/2012 18:45:29 MDT Print View

Mik,

If you are trying to upload your pictures, you may have to use software to resize them to below 4 megs.

Or simply reduce the quality of the photos so that they will be able to upload.

I have a 10 megapixel pocket camera and I have to resize each shot to get them to upload.

When I had a 3.2 megapixel camera, I did not have to resize anything.

-Tony

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: pics to come on 10/30/2012 18:49:04 MDT Print View

also have to use html format, not the "normal" IMG that most forums use

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
SUL toothbrush... And multi-use on 10/30/2012 22:12:03 MDT Print View

4.2 grams for the toothbrush head attachment. Connects to the ti stake or fire steel you already carry to create a longer handle.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/3668/

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/31/2012 00:17:03 MDT Print View

Nico
I can think of better and easier ways to introduce extra germs into my mouth , but that is a good start...

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight?" on 10/31/2012 05:32:41 MDT Print View

Paul, Yeah, toothpast is NOT necessary for most hiking.
A smallish tooth brush head works fine.

Mary R
(pietimer) - MLife
toothpaste on 10/31/2012 12:17:42 MDT Print View

I discussed the toothpaste need with my dentist a few weeks ago. He said "If you brush well, you can go a long time without toothpaste.". To get get some clarification, I added "Well, sometimes I'm out for a few weeks...". He then replied "That's fine. You can go a long, long time with out toothpaste.".

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
toothbrush on 10/31/2012 18:40:00 MDT Print View

I rarely bring a toothbrush.
Im not planning on making out with any of my hiking buddies.
I can do without brushing for a couple weeks
People did it for thousands and thousands of years

But when I do, its a cut down one and a tiny ziplock with a bit of baking soda.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 10/31/2012 19:55:52 MDT Print View

People did it for thousands and thousands of years

yes people with bad teeth ...
3500 years ago the Egyptians already used a stick very similar to the one posted above by David with a mixture of rock salt ,mint and pepper as a "toothpaste'
Apparently that mix caused gum bleeding but it was a sure sign that there was already then a need for oral hygiene.
BTW, here in Australia we have plenty of gum trees, twigs from them make a good eucalyptus oil impregnated toothpick.
(eucalyptus oil is antiseptic and a deodoriser)

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
teeth on 11/02/2012 06:40:44 MDT Print View

You dont HAVE to brush your teeth.
It is grooming, just like shaving, or brushing hair.

Any inference that you will damage your teeth or health by not brushing for a week or two is totally absurd.

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
here is the picture on 11/02/2012 17:02:17 MDT Print View

11grams

It's basically a $2 travel pack toothbrush from the drug store/chemist. I just cut away all the useless bits but am kind of thinking that a cut down child's brush might be about the same weight.

I love the feeling of clean teeth going to bed......that's how I roll :).

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 11/06/2012 13:39:56 MST Print View

J. David Lantz,

I do the same thing. Another woodsy thing you can do is find a fibrous plant, strip off a fiber, and use that to floss your teeth. Just make sure it's not poisonous.

David Adair
(DavidAdair) - M

Locale: West Dakota
Re: Re: Re: can anyone beat my toothbrush and paste weight? on 11/06/2012 14:00:31 MST Print View

I have a tooth brush that a hotel gave me when I forgot mine. Full size and weighs 10 grams. It needs to be replaced so I must remember to forget my brush next time I go there.:)

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Oral health on 11/06/2012 14:53:18 MST Print View

"You dont HAVE to brush your teeth..."

True. You just have to brush the ones you want to keep.

"Any inference that you will damage your teeth or health by not brushing for a week or two is totally absurd."

As a dentist, I find that statement absurd, MB. 2-3 days of not brushing will most certainly have an effect on oral health. I'm not trying to smack you down, but I don't want others to think they can get away with what you are suggesting.

Changing the topic, here's a photo of a man in Mali using what the Arabs call a miswak to clean his teeth. It's cut from a root of a very fibrous desert bush. They chew on the end for awhile to separate the fibers. It isn't a perfect brush, but it works sort of OK.

Miswak