For use on Shabbos and Yom Tov when used with Shabbos Toothwash™.
- Soft rubber bristles won't make gums bleed
- wide spacing between rubber bristles won't squeeze liquid
- to be used as special-for-Shabbos Toothbrushes
Color may vary. (Different colors will be sent for orders of multiple items)
Why is there a special Toothbrush and toothwash for Shabbos?
There are four main categories of prohibited melacha related to brushing teeth on Shabbos with a REGULAR toothbrush and REGULAR toothpaste. These issues vary for individual communities and contemporary poskim. Now, thanks to the new Shabbos Toothbrush™ and specially formulated Shabbos Toothwash™, these melachos are avoided, allowing you to brush your teeth on Shabbos according to all opinions.
The melachos are: Sechitah, Chavalah, Memareach and Uvdin D'Chol
Sechitah. Squeezing liquid out of a solid in which it was absorbed is prohibited on Shabbos. When wet, densely packed nylon bristles of a regular toothbrush are pressed against the teeth, many poskim consider it is as if the water is squeezed out of the bristles and forbid using a wet toothbrush. The rubber bristles of the Shabbos ToothbrushÖ are far enough apart that it is obvious that liquid does not get absorbed into the bristles and is not squeezed out.
Chavalah. Causing oneself to bleed on Shabbos is prohibited. Sharp nylon bristles of a regular toothbrush can cause gums to bleed. The soft rounded rubber bristles of the Shabbos ToothbrushÖ do not cause bleeding. In the extremely rare case that very sensitive gums bleed even with the Shabbos ToothbrushÖ, consult your local Rabbi and see your dentist.
Memareach. Spreading a cream or ointment onto an object used as an applicator to the body is prohibited on Shabbos. Therefore, most poskim prohibit use of regular toothpaste or gel applied to any toothbrush. Kosher InnovationsÖ Shabbos ToothwashÖ is a concentrated liquid and this prohibition does not apply. We do not recommend using the Shabbos ToothbrushÖ with any product other than Kosher Innovations Shabbos ToothwashÖ Also, the Shabbos ToothwashÖ is certified kosher by the OU.
Uvdin D'Chol. If a regular activity involves something that one may not do on Shabbos, that activity will be classified as a "weekday activity". For some poskim who permit the use of a regular toothbrush without toothpaste this prohibition would apply to using one's weekday toothbrush and they require a separate and even distinctive toothbrush for Shabbos. The Shabbos ToothbrushÖ was designed specifically for Shabbos and not for weekday use, eliminating the issue of Uvdin D'Chol according to all poskim.