By Dr. Shakila Angadi
Do you love having the convenience of health care products sent to your home? One of the latest subscription services, Quip, the electric/manual toothbrush, gives you this optimal convenience. It is sold as a starter kit, which includes the toothbrush and paste. The best part is that every 3 months, new brush heads and/or toothpastes are sent to your door to remind you to switch for a better clean. With an eye catching modern appeal and social media presence, we had to put this product to the test as to whether it was worth it.
First thoughts- I loved the packaging. Very minimalistic and not very much extra "fluff.” The bag fits in a mailbox and is unpadded. I was impressed that an electric toothbrush could handle the rough and tough nature of the mail being packaged like this. Each component has the trademark silver simplistic aesthetic. I did like how neat and tidy the packing was, including the carrying case to travel with and the holder that can stick to your mirror.
The model I reviewed was the metal electric brush head design. The brush also comes in a manual form, and both have the same refillable brush heads for ease. Since this was the electric model, I was excited to turn it on, to see how it would “pulsate/vibrate.” Sadly, there is minimal movement and felt more like a glorified vibrating toothbrush, than what we know as the electric toothbrush. The other issue I had with this product was the shape of it. After practicing for all of these years, most of us dental professionals have come to realize one size does not fit all. The brush head is an older design, which may be too large to fit in petite mouths. Curving around the corners of a mouth is difficult for someone if the brush head itself is too big. From what I can see, this is the only drawback to this product.
The starter kit also came with an extra toothbrush head and toothpaste. The toothpaste itself was nothing spectacular, but it did to the job with the plain mint flavor and didn’t seem to abrasive. I do not know what the RDA index is (the relative dentin abrasivity index which measures wear on teeth by the product) and it isn’t ADA sealed at this point or tested.
The verdict: I think the product’s main benefit is the reminder to change your toothbrush every 3 months and the convenience of having it delivered to your door. Brush heads do sell out, so make sure your subscription is on auto- ship if you choose this system. I think this product is worth trying out, especially if your mouth can accommodate a larger brush head. From the intent of being motivated, you can't help but stare at the product and want to use it since it looks so chic.
No matter what toothbrush you use, the most important part is that it is being used properly and you are getting the plaque and debris off on a consistent basis. After all, the best toothbrush is the one you will use and keeps your smile healthy and happy!! Happy brushing!
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