My mother, who’s also a bit of a chewer, used to walk around the house with a toothbrush in her mouth all night, gnawing it into oblivion. Toothbrushes are actually a lot of fun to chew: they’re easy to keep in your mouth while doing other things, and they have an interesting texture. On the other hand, they’re hard and scratchy and bad for your teeth. This little toothbrush-shaped gum massager marketed for infants and toddlers is probably a better option.
The massager is made of white hard plastic and blue soft plastic. Each surface on the ends has a different texture. There are little bristles that you can see up at the top of the image; on the other side of the bristles there are little vertical wavy ridges. On the bottom end, there are little horizontal zig-zag ridges on one side and some horizontal straight ridges on the other.
Appearance: Unlike my teething bling, it’s not exactly camouflaged, but it also doesn’t obviously look like a children’s object. Appearance is somewhat irrelevant to me since I mostly chew this while hanging around the house, but you could carry it around with you in a travel toothbrush holder.
Pros: the soft plastic is a nice texture to chew on, and I like the little ridges. Like a toothbrush, you can sort of hold it in your mouth and idly gnaw on it while doing something else. And at $4.49 online it’s pretty cheap if you can order enough other stuff to get free shipping.
Cons: This tasted very bad when I first tried it. It might be because the bristles sort of hold on to soap, or just because there was some sort of residue on it right out of the package (presumably harmless, as this is marketed to babies). I think it’s the soap; if at all possible, you really want to use vodka or some other kind of stongly alcoholic spirit to sanitize it instead (NOT rubbing alchohol that tastes foul). Also, it’s not really meant to be chewed by adult teeth and will probably get a bit mangled with long-term heavy use: I’ve already put a few dings in it after a couple days.
Overall: Three stars.