Dental Hygiene

Learn how you can easily swap out plastic toothbrushes, for bamboo and brush with style!


Have you ever stopped to think about your tooth brush? Things like, what is this made of, is it safe for my mouth? What about what I put on the toothbrush is it okay to swallow some (which happens by accident all the time). Ever notice it says do not swallow on your tooth paste tube, but yet you brush with it every day. I mean you wouldn’t put body lotion or shampoo in your mouth and brush your teeth, because it also says do not swallow. Have you ever thought, wow I bet there are tons on toothbrushes in the land fill. I mean there’s a lot of people using them hopefully every day. I have, and so have some other people. Thankfully, they came up with a brilliant plan, and made brushes out of bamboo! It’s renewable, biodegradable, and adorable. What’s not to love about a natural toothbrush? So let’s get into the nitty-gritty!

Because of its fast growing nature bamboo is incredibly sustainable.

Your typical plastic toothbrush is petroleum based which never completely biodegrades and the bristles are made from nylon-6 which doesn’t degrade ever. Bamboo toothbrushes on the other hand are biodegradable and the nylon-4 bristles do eventually biodegrade. Leaving nothing left behind. Electric toothbrushes are not only made with a lot more plastic but the batteries also pose a huge threat to the environment, especially if the batteries are not disposed of properly. Because bamboo toothbrushes don’t require, batteries or electricity it’s a definite bonus for travelers, back packers and adventurers a like.

Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant, which doesn’t require any pesticides or herbicides. Making every tooth brush organic. Because of its fast growing nature bamboo is incredibly sustainable. Most bamboo packaging comes in compostable cardboard boxes, instead of plastic. When you remove the brush from this compostable package, just throw it in your compost bin. One thing to remember with your bamboo toothbrush is that it is plant matter, and shouldn’t stay emerged in water. So try to keep it as dry as possible. Even if it does stay damp you may only notice a color change as the bamboo becomes soaked in water, like any wood that is left in water. The brush will still work fine. Once your brush is done and you are ready for a new brush, throw your brush into your compost pile. Easy as that. NO WASTE! Nothing more nothing less. It acts and is used in the same way a plastic brush is used. Without any negative environmental impacts. 

REASONS TO MAKE THE SWITCH 1.    Over a billion toothbrushes end up in land-fills every year, in North America alone.  2.    Electric toothbrushes, leak toxins into the planet, especially if the batteries aren’t disposed of properly 3.    Plastic toothbrushes are a mixture of oil based products and chemicals. So it isn’t just the fact they never biodegrade. It’s the process of making them too.  4.    Plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to degrade (but even then they never fully compost) 5.    Plastics including those in toothbrushes use up a large amount of out oil supply, with is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s gone, it takes millions of use to replenish. 6.    You wouldn’t think it but even plastic toothbrushes are ending up in our oceans. Animals eat them, and they pollute the ocean and other bodies of water, disrupting the natural PH balance.  7.    Bamboo is 100% compostable 8.    Bamboo (moso bamboo) is not eaten by Pandas so does not affect Pandas 9.    Moso bamboo is incredible fast growing therefor makes a great renewable product. 10.    Bamboo toothbrushes are also antimicrobial and are good at fighting bacterial keeping your teeth extra clean and healthy.

Floss

It is really hard to find totally environmentally friendly floss. There are some flosses that are biodegradable but come in plastic containers. Then there are some that come in cardboard boxes but the floss isn’t biodegradable. Sigh. Although it is still not as popular, you can find some brands and companies selling refillable, biodegradable floss! Some companies include Eco-Dent, and Dental Lace.

Mouth wash

Mouth wash is usually full of chemicals and comes in plastic. Look for natural brands and companies. Opt for making your own using alcohol and essential oils. 

Toothpaste

Look around for natural toothpaste. Tooth paste that contains fluoride is not healthy for you, especially if ingested. Opt for toothpaste in glass, or tin containers, instead of plastic tubes. Not only are they recyclable, but easy to clean and reuse for storing small things, or using as a gift or craft!

Resources https://upperluxstore.com/5-key-benefits-of-using-bamboo-toothbrushes/ https://www.bambrushes.com/blogs/news/7-ways-your-plastic-toothbrush-is-evil

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