Do dentists recommend using bamboo toothbrushes?
Today, we have plenty of options when going to the market to buy things for our dental care. So, if you’re considering buying a new toothbrush, always opt for and try an eco-friendlier alternative to reduce your use of plastic waste, like using a bamboo toothbrush and skipping the traditional plastic toothbrush.
Here in Australia alone, 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of annually in landfills. Around the world, there are 23 billion toothbrushes thrown away, resulting in tons and tons of plastics in landfills and even in oceans that could take hundreds of years to decompose. First, let us introduce why a bamboo toothbrush is a must on your add-to-cart items the next time you go online shopping or drop by the market.
What is a Bamboo Toothbrush?
A bamboo toothbrush is very similar to a traditional plastic manual toothbrush; the only difference is the materials used to make the brush's handle, which is purely bamboo. Switching to a bamboo toothbrush is one of the simplest ways to reduce plastic use at home.
Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable and eco-friendly, unlike using toothbrushes made of plastic which can be very harmful to our environment. Switching to bamboo toothbrushes is beneficial for your oral health and environment.
Advantages of using Bamboo Toothbrush
1. Bamboo toothbrushes are naturally anti-microbial
No need to worry about harmful bacteria build-up on your toothbrush handle because a toothbrush made of bamboo materials has antibacterial properties. Bamboo fiber has properties that can kill bacteria that penetrate its surface, securing protection against harmful bacteria.
2. Biodegradable and eco-friendly
Toothbrushes made of natural materials like bamboo help reduce non-biodegradable waste in our environment. Unlike plastic materials that take thousands of years before they decompose in landfills, bamboo toothbrushes decompose as little as 3 to 4 months after burying them.3. Cleans teeth effectively
Bamboo toothbrushes are also effective as the traditional toothbrushes that you usually use. Like a normal toothbrush, a bamboo toothbrush has bristles made from nylon, a flexible plastic material. So, when you have already finished using a bamboo toothbrush, it is advised that the bristles go into plastic recycling.4. Strong and durable handle
Bamboo fiber is naturally designed for its strength and sturdy material. It is 2 to 3 times stronger than timber, and it has an incredible tensile strength that can handle maximum stress. Plus, it is lightweight, which makes it handy, and you can take it anywhere you go.
5. Using a bamboo toothbrush is sustainable
It helps promote sustainability since it has naturally renewing properties in the environment. Bamboo stems grow quickly and do not need pesticides or fertilizers. People can cultivate and harvest bamboo naturally and never harm the environment. Unlike plastic toothbrushes that do not have sustainable materials and, their production involves harmful processes and chemicals.
Make the Switch to Using Bamboo Toothbrush
Make the switch now and start caring for your oral health and our environment with One Click Smile Bamboo Toothbrush!
Brushing is an essential part of our daily lives. Using a traditional toothbrush made of plastic and non-biodegradable materials is harming our environment, while choosing to use a bamboo toothbrush can help you contribute to saving our oceans and environment from being destroyed.
Plus, brushing your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush is also as effective as using the traditional toothbrush; the only difference is the handle, wherein the bamboo toothbrush is strong and eco-friendly!
Bamboo Toothbrush Care and Disposal
In using a bamboo toothbrush, ensure it is rinsed thoroughly and air-dried after each use. It is essential to shake excess water off or wipe dry the toothbrush with a towel to avoid mold from growing on the handle of the bamboo toothbrush.
We DO NOT recommend sitting the toothbrush in the water as the dampness will encourage mold growth as bamboo is a type of organic plant material. Store it openly and allow it to breathe.
Dentists recommend replacing your bamboo toothbrush every 2-3 months.
After using your bamboo toothbrush in cleaning your teeth, you can reduce, re-use, or recycle it! You can use it for cleaning other things around your house since it is the perfect size to access hard-to-reach areas like in between tiles or corners of countertops.
If you want to dispose of the bamboo toothbrush, you should separate the bristles and handle by using pliers to pull them out or snap the head off. The good thing is that the nylon bristles are recyclable, so they could go to plastic recycling.
Then, you can now compost the bamboo toothbrush handle since it is 100% biodegradable. You can bury it in your garden or put it in a home composter or bio-waste bin. There you have it! You can now clean your teeth and save our environment at the same time!
One Click Smile offers high-quality toothbrushes while prioritizing our values for sustainability and making the world a better place. We do our best in creating and offering eco-friendly toothbrushes while maintaining the quality of providing the best oral health care.