Maybe because I’m a 5-feet-tall petite Japanese, I seem to have a problem with American toothbrushes. Their heads are gigantic and bristles are too hard. Even when I buy tooth brushes labeled as “compact head” or “soft”, they are still large and hard. And for some reason, American tooth brushes are getting even bigger every year. Soon, American toothbrushes would be bigger than my mouth.
Big tooth brushes prevent me from brushing my molars. I don’t think my jaw size is particularly smaller than others, because there are many other petite women in the United States.
Every time I go to a dental appointment, the dentist tells me “Don’t brush your teeth so hard. Your gum line is receding.” But when I have to use a big head toothbrush, I can’t avoid applying greater pressure, because I can’t move and turn the big head easily in my mouth.
I bought a toothbrush labeled “soft” and “compact head” at a drug store, but the bristles weren’t really soft and the head isn’t small at all. Are my gums more fragile than other average human beings? I don’t think so.
I miss Japanese toothbrushes. They are small and soft, and easy to maneuver in the mouth. So I started to bring a bunch of toothbrushes back from Japan, every time I went over there.
When my husband used a Japanese toothbrush, he loved it instantaneously. He agreed that a smaller head is easier to maneuver in the mouth and softer bristles are gentle to gums.
I recently found “Japanese toothbrushes” in Amazon. I found they were actually made in Korea, but they are the best toothbrushes I’ve ever found in the United States. If you are not happy with huge American toothbrushes, it’s worth to try them (the picture on the right).