1) Plastic toothbrushes are not eco friendly
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you change your toothbrush every 2-3 months. That means there are disposed of in excess of an estimated 1,000,000,000 toothbrushes a year in the US alone.
One of the major reasons the ADA suggest this is that the soft bristles that remove plaque from your teeth become distorted with use. Bent or missing bristles reduce the ability of your toothbrush to be effective.
Given the enormous task of removing plaque from multiple surfaces on multiple teeth in a 2-3 minutes, you are going to want to have a tool that is as effective as possible. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles is not the answer as the stiffer bristles do not lend themselves to contour to the gum line very well.
Worse than that, hard bristles can even be detrimental to your gums and possibly be a cause of gum recession.
2) The majority of plastic toothbrushes are not made from recycled materials
While there are some toothbrush brands that claim to be made from recycled products, most toothbrushes produced are not.
Even in the few cases where toothbrushes are produced from recycled materials, transportation issues may offset some of the benefits that would normally decrease the carbon footprint.
Rather than be a source of this complicated problem, use biodegradable materials to avoid some of these issues.
3) Good quality bristles can be found in Bamboo as well as plastic toothbrushes
All the toothbrushes on The Wooden Toothbrush Shop have been evaluated for over all considerations. One of the most important being that efficient plaque removal is the primary purpose of the devise.
Changing the handle material does not affect the quality of the bristles, and we have purposely sought out devices of like bristle quality to traditional plastic brushes.
White bristles help you see when your brush has been rinsed thoroughly before and after use. We are constantly evaluating products and looking for new answers to bring you only the best.
4) Plastic toothbrushes are not made from sustainable materials
Sustainability is a huge consideration for our environment when considering our natural resources.
Bamboo in particular is one of the most sustainable materials available. It has been stated that some types of bamboo can 35 inches in one day and it the one of the fastest growing plants in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
This makes bamboo a choice that you can feel good about.
5) Both plastic toothbrushes and bamboo toothbrushes can be water resistant
Bamboo handles can be smoothed using beeswax, making the bamboo water resistant, pleasant to use, and very stylish. Not all bamboo toothbrushes use this finishing process, but in cases where water resistance is a concern, this is a viable option.
Sterility is not usually maintained on plastic toothbrushes or bamboo toothbrushes. To reduce bacteria proper rinsing and storage of any toothbrush is essential. Always rinse your toothbrush thoroughly before and after use.
Store your brush upright so the water drains from the bristles and in a well ventilated area to aide in drying. The look of natural bamboo makes it a sophisticated stylish addition to your bathroom and a great gift for an Eco-minded friend.