Rather than suggesting a specific time frame to replace the Bass toothbrush, we suggest replacing them when they show signs of wear (which can be different for each person, depending on their brushing habits).
When the brushes lose their designed shape, they cannot perform the functions we want them to. So, we suggest replacing the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray and frazzle and lose their shape.
I get that Bass brushing is focused on the gum line. Do I still need to brush my teeth too?
Yes, in addition to using the Bass Brushing Technique to disrupt bad bugs along the gum line, it is important to also brush our teeth. You see, brushing our teeth removes plaque and prevents the bad bugs from eroding the tooth enamel.
So, what tool can we use for brushing our teeth?
As far as what toothbrush you should use for brushing your teeth, it’s really up to you to decide. Our Bass Toothbrush has rounded bristles and a shorter handle that prompts the user to grasp the brush with a lighter hand and use less pressure when brushing. These features will help you avoid etching your teeth and irritating the tender tissue of the mouth.
Some of our customers use the adult size Bass brush to clean the gum line and the junior size Bass brush to clean their teeth (especially hard-to-reach areas, like the inside of the lower front teeth), but that’s really a matter of their personal preference.
Our Bass toothbrush bristles are medium firmness. You see, bristles with medium firmness are more effective at disrupting bad bugs in the mouth than bristles that are too soft (soft bristles tend to just mash against the teeth and gums).
Of course, brushing too hard can hurt the delicate tissue in the mouth, so any tool we use in the mouth can help or harm depending on our technique and whether or not we are using it with conscious awareness.
What's the difference between Bass brushes and other brushes?
Our Bass toothbrush has fewer bristles than most other toothbrushes. This helps the bristles to wiggle down along the gum line and clear away the bugs that cause gum disease. This is important because when there are too many bristles on a toothbrush, they are ineffective and just mash against our teeth rather than helping to disrupt and clear away the bad bugs.
Also, the bristles of our Bass toothbrushes have rounded tips to ensure that they are gentle on the gums. Many other toothbrushes have rough-cut bristles, and this can etch the enamel of the teeth and irritate the gums, which contributes to receding gums.
Finally, our Bass toothbrushes have a shorter handle. The handles are made shorter on purpose to provoke the user to grasp the brush with a lighter hand, like if you were holding a violin bow. This reduces the amount of pressure that our tender gums receive during brushing (brushing hard with firm pressure harms the gums more than it helps).
I'm 4' 11". I don't know if my height has anything to do with my mouth, but I have a small mouth and adult toothbrushes don't work well in my mouth. The Jr. Bass Toothbrushes are perfect for my mouth and enable me to do the Bass technique very easily. I am truly enjoying my Bass Toothbrushes and will continue buying them.