Every time you brush your teeth, you are exposing the planet where we all live to potential danger. No, this doesn’t mean that you need to stop taking care of your oral hygiene. However, you can still make a small but significant step, that can help the environment: switching your current toothbrush to a non plastic toothbrush.
Nowadays, bamboo toothbrushes offer a valid alternative to any other plastic tool. They are cheap, but they last longer, they can be used by adults and kids and, most importantly, they won’t hurt the planet. If this isn’t enough to make you buy one, then we can give you even more reasons to stop putting an awful piece of plastic into your mouth every day.
Are Plastic Toothbrushes Really so Bad?
The first plastic toothbrush was made in the 1930s. Almost one century later, we use this tool at least once a day, every day, for several decades in our life. Nevertheless, toothbrushes do not last forever: after a few months, you need to buy a new one.
Sometimes we don’t even wait until our current toothbrush is completely worn out before we buy a new one. These products are so cheap that each member of our family has one, sometimes we also own more items to be used at home and when we are on the go.
It does this don’t surprise if, every day, several discarded toothbrushes can be found on the Hawaiian coastlines. Sometimes, volunteers find them, but often these products will end up laying on the sand for centuries, affecting the environment and disturbing the local fauna.
So, Why Is a Bamboo Toothbrush Better?
Unfortunately, plastic is virtually indestructible, and it will stay on our planet for centuries. On the other hand, bamboo toothbrushes are all biodegradable. The only plastic element is their bristles, which are made from nylon and are free from BPA. This is a chemical used to make plastic objects that come in contact with food or drinks, and it is thus safe to use.
When you say goodbye to your plastic toothbrush, your choice has a significant impact on our planet. You will still be probably using an average of 40 toothbrushes each decade of your life, but at least, they will not sit on our beaches.
Besides, even if they may look pricier, bamboo-made toothbrushes are worth their investment. In fact, to make plastic tools, we use oil and other non-renewable resources, that have a considerable cost for our environment. Finally, taking care of your beautiful smile will not translate into adding another piece of plastic to one of the ever-growing piles that haunt our natural landscapes.
Bamboo Toothbrushes Last Longer
If you brush your teeth every day, at least twice, like you are supposed to do, you should change your traditional toothbrush at least monthly. However, a bamboo toothbrush tends to last longer, at least 2 to 3 months. Of course, you must take care of it, rinse it after each use and keep it dry.
After 3 months, your bamboo toothbrush may still look as new as it was when you first purchased it. However, dentists always recommend to change it. Of course, you should replace it with another one made of bamboo. Can you just imagine the amount of plastic that you are not wasting only by changing your toothbrush less frequently?
Bamboo Toothbrushes Are Easy to Use
You don’t need to follow specific instructions to use a bamboo toothbrush, and your teeth will be as clean as ever, or even more. However, it is essential to leave this tool perfectly clean and dry every time you use it. In fact, when left in a warm and damp environment, bamboo can encourage the growth of microorganisms.
On the other hand, you will soon notice that holding a bamboo toothbrush is definitely more comfortable than a plastic one. It can thus be used to teach the little ones the importance of brushing their teeth while raising awareness on saving our planet. Bristles are designed to reach every crevice of your teeth, leaving your mouth, other than planet Earth, clean and beautiful.