Among the risks to our toothbrushes are germs that come from flushing toilets, not drying out between uses, cross-contamination with other brushes, and other external threats. Toothbrush covers can be used to mitigate these risks – and the Brushield is designed to be the best toothbrush cover available.
To begin, the Brushield is made of aircraft-grade aluminium and has a magnetic locking system to keep it secured around the head of a toothbrush. These features are designed to minimize the risk of external threats (such as dirty toothbrush holders) coming into contact the bristles. They also help to keep the toothbrush free from fluff, and the user's washbag free from toothpaste residue, when travelling.
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In addition, the Brushield is claimed to be the "world's first real anti-microbial toothbrush case," having been treated with silver-ionic technology. The controlled release of silver-ions over the course of the Brushield's lifespan is said to kill 99 percent of the bacteria that come into contact with it. Air-flow channels, meanwhile, are aimed at allowing the toothbrush to dry out completely between uses, thereby further helping to kill any germs with which the bristles may have come into contact.
The Brushield is said to be compatible with more than 95 percent of toothbrushes, including all leading electric toothbrushes. It will apparently remain effective for 5-10 years, depending on wear and tear of its coating.
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Brushield is ongoing. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from US$29 can receive one of the toothbrush covers, assuming all goes to plan with the roll-out. Shipping is expected to start in April.
The video below provides an introduction to the Brushield.