Product Type: Tesco Oral Care
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Tesco Value Toothbrush
Tesco Value Toothbrush
Author Name: daisylee3
Tesco Value Toothbrush
Date: 30/03/12, updated on 30/03/12 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Great for cleaning (anything but teeth) due to harsh bristles, cheap
Disadvantages: Bristles too harsh for cleaning teeth, brush handle very thin
I picked a few packs of these up a couple of months ago in Tesco because I can't resist a good bargain. They are priced at just 20 pence for a twin pack (so 10 pence each!) which is two or so pounds less than the higher quality brands and due to this I didn't have high expectations It's always a good idea to have a spare toothbrush handy in my opinion as they have a variety of uses - whether it be as a spare for a guest/partner, or for other uses such as cleaning - toothbrushes are great for cleaning around the base of taps, around the toilet seat and so on but obviously if you do use them for this purpose, bin them after use as it's not hygienic to re-use them.
Toothbrushes also need changing regulary (dentists reccomend every 3 months) so having spares is handy and buying higher quality brands of toothbrush can get a bit expensive as a lot of them are £3-£4 for a basic manual toothbrush. These basic, manual toothbrushes come packaged in a transparent minimalistic thick cellophane type packet, this has the usual Tesco Value logo on it along with a blue band which has blue font on it which reads 'Twin pack toothbrush.' The packaging is basic but I can not really complain as it's not the packaging that's important. The toothbrushes themselves are a good size - they're around 7/8 inches long and quite thin, but not so thin that they're fiddly. They're white in colour which I don't like at all; it makes them look very cheap and almost surgical, lol.
The toothbrush is made of a lightweight plastic which is slightly uncomfortable to hold as it digs into my hand when i'm brushing my teeth. I prefer toothbrushes with a rubber type of handle, but for the price I paid I think that the handle is okay; it's easy to grip and lightweight. It's a lot thinner than a majority of toothbrushes but again, for the price I can not complain too much. The head of the brush is a decent size - the same size as a normal toothbrush and the bristles are a decent length and they're compacted. Tesco state that the bristles are rounded to help protect teeth and gums and Tesco describe them as medium, so I was expecting them to be reasonably soft, however they're hard to the touch, even when wet and when I used one for the first time it felt very scratchy and flimsy and like the bristles were going to fall out at any minute (they didn't though). I suppose too hard is better than too soft though as the bristles stay compact and clean better rather than just splaying out.
The head is slightly curved but not at all flexible and it can be a little awkward cleaning every last inch of my mouth because it's harder to get right to the very back than it would be with a more flexible toothbrush, and because of the hard bristles I have to make sure it doesn't rub against my gums or the inside of my mouth. The toothbrush is okay though and cleans my teeth, although I have to spend longer to clean my teeth with this because although the bristles are hard it doesn't feel like it cleans my teeth quite as harshly/thoroughly as my usual toothbrush does. Because of the reasons above (harsh bristles etc) I don't use these toothbrushes to clean my teeth anymore, but I do use them for cleaning around the sink, taps, bath etc and they do a great job. They get manky easily though and as they're white the dirt shows up easily, but this doesn't matter as obviously once I am done cleaning I can throw it in the bin - at 10p a pop it's not a waste of money and it does a good job in my opinion - it's much more prescise and more able to get into small gaps than a cleaning sponge or wipe. I overall would reccomend these for cleaning, but not for the purpose of cleaning your teeth.
Summary: A good, cheap cleaning tool, but I would not reccomend using them for their intended purpose
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