The toothbrush is probably one of the most ubiquitous items you carry around with you at all times.
But with a plethora of different types, styles, and materials available, it’s no surprise that the most common type of toothbrush in the US is also one of its most expensive.
The spiral wound toothbrush has been around since the 1940s, and is used by millions of people in the United States.
But despite its ubiquity, there’s still no universal standard for how much a spiral wound tube noodling toothbrush should cost.
The American Association of Dental Surgeons (AADOS) has recently released a list of the top 10 most common types of spiral wound tubes, and it’s easy to see why.
The top 10 are based on the number of different brands of spiral wounds used to fill the bristles, the type of tubes used, and the price of the toothbrush itself.
We spoke to DDS Senior Dental Specialist, Scott Cramer, to learn more about the cost of these various types of toothbrushes.
“You’ll see that the number one toothbrush comes in at a lot higher than the other types,” says Scott.
“There’s really a large range of cost, from $4.99 to $5.99 for the basic spiral wound,” he adds.
“But the most expensive spiral wound type is actually the ‘super’ type.
It’s a spiral tube noodler that has a high level of density, so that you can fill in any toothbrush with it.”
The super spiral wound is more expensive than the regular spiral wound because it has a higher degree of tooth wear and dentin, which reduces the effectiveness of the brush.
“A super spiral is more dense and durable, which allows it to be used for longer periods of time, whereas the regular wound tends to be a little bit more prone to breaking,” says Cramer.
“The super wound is a very durable product, but it’s not the easiest to clean.”
But if you need a toothpaste brush, you may be able to find a lower price on Amazon.
“We’re not sure exactly why that is, but we’re guessing it’s because of the fact that the super wound type can last a very long time,” says David Ziehl, M.D., DDS’ president.
“In fact, some people like to use them to clean their mouths, which is a good reason to get them.”
A good toothpaste can last up to a year and a half, and while a spiral-wound toothpaste isn’t as long lasting as a regular one, it can still last up for days.
While you can get a lower-priced spiral wound on Amazon for $3.99, it may be a good idea to use it when you’re not cleaning.
“If you’re just brushing your teeth, you probably don’t want to spend the extra money on a brush,” says Ziellas.
“Especially if you want a brush with the longest lasting properties, like a Super Spiral.”
Another factor that can impact your toothbrush cost is the type and amount of bristles used.
“Spinners are made of a thicker material than regular bristles,” explains Cramer and explains that this can affect how much toothpaste you’re getting.
“They also tend to be more durable, but the quality of the bristled surface can also vary from one toothpaste to the next.”
While the cost varies by brand, there are two basic types of bristled toothpaste available.
“Most brands use both a hard and soft bristled type,” says Dr. Ziello.
“However, it depends on the product you’re buying,” he says.
“Some toothpastes are made with a soft bristling type, but other brands make a harder bristling product that will have a soft surface.”
It’s important to note that the toothpaste will absorb a lot of toothpaste and won’t necessarily feel like a soft brush.
However, you should try to avoid the harder bristled brands that have a higher concentration of dentin.
Dr. Cramer suggests that if you’re looking for a brush that is a little thicker than a regular brush, “you can use a super brush.”
“I would try to get a brush, like, five or six inches in diameter,” says the dentist.
“I usually buy the softer type that has the highest density, but I would definitely get a thicker one.”
However, if you can’t find a brush size that’s right for you, there may be ways to save money.
“When you buy toothpaste at the pharmacy, you have to use the full price and then deduct a little extra from your next month’s bill,” says Nellie K. Davis, DDS.
“So, if the price is $3 for the first month, then you’ll deduct $2.