Product Review: Swak Tooth Brush

Swak love your teeth
http://swak-shop.com/ (UK)
http://swak.de/ (Germany)
Price £10.50 or 11,90 EUR to get started
£9.00 – £28.00 for replacement heads

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

About the company

The company strives to be zero waste and a healthy option for your teeth. I have talked to the UK dealer and she is a wonderful person who and is very passionate about healthy teeth and sustainable living!

They promote healthy teeth and gums without the use of toothpaste. You can use toothpaste, but not needed. They also offer oil and tooth salt to use too. I want to try the oil!

The website is full of very useful information and videos and I recommend looking that over!

Keep in mind this is a German company first. While the page itself is in English (UK one) some of the Facebook may have German. Do not be thrown off by this! It is a small company that is only just expanding out to the UK, and I hope to the USA someday!

About the product

I was offered this toothbrush free, for a honest review. This review is for the 2.0 but it seems like there is only a few minor changes from the 2.0 and the 3.4. The heads of the toothbrush look the same and that is the important part.

The one I got was plastic but they do have a wooden Miswak. Since the head is replaceable I am not so anti-plastic in this case. This is not a one use toothbrush! Also the plastic is made from GMO free sugar [Polylactid Acid (PLA)] and that kinda blows my mind! (at least the 3.4) I had no idea sugar plastic was a thing and I Love it!

This is where things get really interesting:

The toothbrush head

The head of the brush is made from frayed Miswak wood. When I first read that I was both worried and excited. I was worried if that would hurt, but excited at the true zero waste options! When you are done with a head it can be tossed in the compost! Also, turns out it is super soft!

 

The packaging:

I was warned up front that the packaging on the discontinued brush I got is different than the new one. This one has plastic packaging, but they have moved away from that in the newer ones.

Other than a small plastic bag (no longer used) it was all paper. It was shipped in a brown paper envelope and over all looks like they avoided as much waste as possible! I I have yet to find a use for the bag but I have not given up! I might use it when I gift an essential oil or something.

My experience

I have bad teeth. I do what I can to keep them healthy and have tried a wide rage products and things to try to improve my oral health. (Both fluoride and fluoride free toothpaste, oil pulling essential oils and more.) Even with a soft brush and light brushing my gums tend to bleed. After two days of using this brush my gums were not bleeding and my teeth felt cleaner. They felt more like they were polished and I liked that.

The first time I used it I used toothpaste, and it worked well and I used less toothpaste I think. I am pretty mindful of the amount I use before this brush too. I found I had to use more after I finished the top teeth, but I think I still used less. My teeth felt great most of the day. Day two I repeated that process and my teeth were pretty happy till dinner when I brushed again.

Day 3 I tried without toothpaste to see how I felt. It seemed to work well but I found by mid day I needed to do it again, and then again at dinner. I think if I kept up without the toothpaste this would decrease as my mouth adjusted (may like no poo you have to detox?) but I prefer the way my mouth felt with the toothpaste.

I would be willing to try their tooth oil, but I may also look into mixing something myself. I might just try Thieves oil too!

The only reason it got 4 1/2 stars rather than 5 was the fact that it is a little hard to get and it would be a big upfront investment for a household of 5. The replacement head price is totally perfect so it would be worth it when I could afford it.

Am I still using it?

Yes I am! Since I am so used to my old toothbrush sometimes I grab that one first when I’m still half asleep in the morning, but I have started taking this one with me when I go somewhere since you do not NEED toothpaste and I use it before bed every night.

It’s been a few weeks since I got it but due to Hurricane Harvey and stress from Harvey I took my time writing this.

I am not sure how long the heads last, I will update later (if I remember to update) when the head dies. I think the website says 3 months.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Very sustainable
  • GMO free plastic
  • Supports a smallish company that wants to do good
  • Very good for your teeth
  • Easier to use than expected
  • easy to care for
  • fluoride free oral health options
  • More polished feeling teeth

Cons

  • Only in UK and Germany for now
  • Price is a little high
  • Takes getting used to
  • They seem to run out of product because a small company

Overall this is worth trying! The Pros are way better than the Cons! Will I buy more? Maybe! I am in the US so it is hard but I have been told I can place a bulk order directly so I will be seeing if anyone else is interested! Would I buy more if I lived in the UK? I think I would!

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