Economy of a toothbrush.

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Numbers & Statistics, Random facts and WTFs

Compare these toothbrushes:

Look at the designs of the actual brushes. Which, do you think, is more efficient at cleaning your teeth?

The truth is that they are both the same. All the additional structures on the head of the Colgate toothbrush are good for nothing but decreasing the production cost for manufacturers.

The handle of a toothbrush usually costs around 2 cents to produce, in comparison to the actual brush (these small plastic fibers that suppose to do all the cleaning), which costs around 10 cents. To save the money, the designers try to reduce the total surface area of a brush by putting these small pieces of rubber, and then the people who sell these toothbrushes advertise these structure as something that massages your gingiva, or something.

So, these additional rubber structures are not improving the efficiency of your toothbrushes, but rather help to save some money for the people who design and produce them.

That’s another dirty trick that can be played by designers and product promoters.


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