There’s a lot to be said for the idea behind this product – it is nice to be able to clean your teeth and generally freshen up your mouth when you are out and about. Carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste round in your bag is a pain and can lead to messy leaks, plus you might not always be near a bathroom with water suitable for teeth cleaning.
This handily sized re-sealable packet of mini chewable brushes is designed to answer all these problems. You pop one into your mouth, manoeuvre it around with your tongue, and chomp up and down until every tooth is clean. Then you just spit it out and are done.
That’s the theory, anyhow. I wasn’t crazy about these… the ‘brushes’ are barely a centimetre long and the ‘bristles’ are really too thin and flimsy to do much cleaning. But what I really did not like was the crunchy, minty bits with which the brushes are encrusted, which act as a toothpaste substitute. They felt like broken bits of candy, with a strange, artificial sweetness whose aftertaste I did not appreciate.
The main ingredient is xylitol, billed on the packet as a natural sweetener which ‘helps kill bacteria in the mouth, protect tooth enamel and fight tooth decay’. “Helps’ may be the operative word here, although there are studies to suggest that xylitol is beneficial to dental health. Too much of it can also apparently kill dogs and cause digestive distress in humans, although since this is ‘designed and developed by dentists’ I doubt the occasional use would do much harm.
I tried a Fuzzy Brush one evening after dinner, but was so unimpressed by the result that I had to clean my teeth again properly straight away. I have not yet binned the packet, though. It’s just possible these may come in handy on a picnic, or a flight too short for carrying a full overnight amenities kit. But I won’t be buying any more.