Having never had any real problems with my teeth before it's made me realise how awful toothache and mouth problems really are. Thankfully most dental issues can be prevented with a good oral hygiene routine (not mine though - cry!) so it's important to brush regularly, floss and use a mouthwash to prevent bacteria forming in the mouth.
The first step in any good oral hygiene routine is to use a good tooth brush, and believe me finding one isn't always that easy. The choice seems to be never ending these days, with different shaped heads, different textures, manual, and rechargeable, electric, sonic, - the list goes on and on. It's all about what works for you though and one of my favourite toothbrushes is the Radius Original Toothbrush. I originally received one of these from My Pure way back in 2011 (read my review here) and it was love at first brush. The wide head enables you to brush your teeth more quickly and more thoroughly, and it's long lasting and the quality is excellent. I've bough a few more over the years but for one of September's My Pure reviews I decided to try another product from the Radius range.
Radius are an American company who specialise is the production of natural toothbrushes and dental flosses. My Pure have a large selection of their products online now, including a range of toothbrushes for right handed and left handed customers, toothbrushes for babies and children, and flavoured dental flosses, They also offer cases, and stands for your brushes and even a travel toothbrush.
Travel toothbrushes in theory are a brilliant idea A trimmed down version of your toothbrush with a head cover or a case, they're a mess free way to take your brush on holiday, on a business trip or even to work with you. The trouble is though more often than not travel toothbrushes just aren't that good- they're normally too small, and too soft to give your mouth a proper clean :( Given my previous experience with the Radius line though I thought I'd try out their travel offering - the Radius Tour Travel Toothbrush.
All of the brushes in the Radius range are cruelty free, environmentally friendly and as natural as possible. They are made to last around 9 months and are free from latex, phthalate, and BPA. They are made from a wood based plastic, and the bristles are made from a vegetable fibre.
The brush is predominantly clear bar a small coloured band - there are a few colours to choose from but I went for the purple. The tooth brush has a unique jack knife design that enables the tooth brush to be fully folded in on itself so you have the brush and the case all in one with no parts of pieces to lose, and of course you have no mess or leaks
The brush then folds out and then in again to create an ergonomic feel handle, and the toothbrush had itself has a long slim neck that enables you to get the brush into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
All of the brushes in the Radius range have at around 300% more bristles then a comparable brush, and that's obvious from the unconventional shape of the head. It's much wider than a normal brush but it narrows towards to end to get right into more difficult areas. This isn't the firmest of brushes by any means but it does the job way better than any other travel brush that I've tried. The texture of the brush also makes it ideal for brushing your gums, and for brushing more sensitive areas, such as say rogue wisdom teeth.
If you've tried another brand of travel brush and been disappointed then this is definitely one to try. The quality is excellent and although the price is higher then some alternatives, the brush will last for around nine months, and the brush heads are replaceable, so you can change the head without changing the handle and case. The replacement heads in also available in both a soft and a medium texture, so if this brush is too soft for you you can try something a bit firmer. This brush will definitely be a toiletry bag must have for me now for both holidays, travel and for when I'm on the go, and I have that urge, and need to brush my teeth. The Radius Tour Toothbrush* comes in 4 colours and retails at £8.99 each from My Pure, and the replacement heads come in both Soft and Medium and retail at £5.99 for a pack of two. If you have any questions please leave me a comment x Thanks for reading x