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Review of Colgate Wisp Mini Toothbrushes

Product Review: Colgate Wisp Mini-Brushes

Perhaps to encourage my after-meal tooth brushing, a friend of mine recently introduced me to Colgate Wisp Mini-Brushes ($8.50 for a pack of 16). Designed for dental hygiene on the go, these one-time-use toothbrushes come with toothpaste built right in — in the form of a "freshening bead" — and a toothpick opposite the brush end.

My initial reservation with these disposable toothbrushes is that they aren't exactly eco friendly. But then again, there are certain times when this gadget could come in handy: in airports after long flights, while camping, or anytime I'm caught without a toothbrush on the go. But the eco unfriendliness wasn't my only problem with these, so


Since the bristles are somewhat stiff, I wanted to be especially careful to brush properly to protect my gums. But at about three inches long, the Wisp Mini-Brush was awkward to use, making it difficult to mimic a normal tooth brushing motion. However, the freshening bead worked well, even without water, adding a nice peppermint flavor without a lot of foam, and the flexible toothpick was great, doubling as a gum stimulator.

I still felt bad throwing all of this waste away, especially since the toothbrush wasn't terribly effective. Not only is the brush itself disposable, but it also comes in excessive packaging, with individual plastic packs per four brushes. I can see these being helpful in emergencies, but I don't think I'd buy them again.

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Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I commented above, but I just wanted to say I did end up trying one and it was okay. Good for a pinch, like if you fall asleep on the plane and wake up with gross breath.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i read that in 2004, over 6000 went to the ER with injuries from plastic packaging! That suff is DANGEROUS!
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Whatever happened to those portable toothbrush things that were like sleeves that you put on your finger and brushed with? Anybody remember those from a couple years ago? I always wanted to try them but never did.
BreeK BreeK 8 years
Too much packaging and the use once and throw away idea is bad all around. Just keep a small brush and travel-sized toothpaste in your purse.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I agree; completely pointless. I keep a toothbrush in a baggie in my purse when I'm traveling and it keeps it from getting icky. And chewing sugarless gum works in a pinch if you need fresh breath's cheaper, too.
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
this sounds like a rip off. I carry a travel toothbrush and mini toothpaste in my purse, and it's ideal... why throw away all that plastic?
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I bought a pack, and I want to try one but I don't want to waste it. I just bought a pack of four and they're in my purse, waiting for a brushing emergency!
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
Completely pointless. It's not like a toothbrush is big and heavy.
Ayu Ayu 8 years
Agree, what an awful lot of waste for nothing. The transparent packaging alone seems bigger than a kid's toothbrush and paste would be.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
Same here, bluepuppybites. I don't think I'll even bother trying this new product out.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I use a kid's toothbrush for when I'm on the go. They are smaller but still easy to handle.
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I don't like the idea. Small reusable tooth brushes are ok, you can also get a small tooth paste and you get dental hygiene on the go.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
I just keep a travel brush in my purse, reusable and so much simpler!
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Oooh I hate those containers you need to cut annoying.
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