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How Long Do Bamboo Toothbrushes Last

Generally, a bamboo toothbrush could lasts just as long as plastic.


Each of us owns a toothbrush. From the time we got our first teeth at a few months old up to even when we are old, a toothbrush is something we use everyday. However, not all toothbrushes are designed to last a lifetime or a few years.

How often should a toothbrush be replaced?

Whenever toothbrush bristles start to show signs of wear, dental professionals suggest that a bamboo toothbrush should be replaced every 2-4 months. This means that toothbrushes are less effective at cleaning your teeth.

There’s a wide selection of bamboo toothbrushes for kids. Children’s toothbrushes often wear more quickly compared to adults. It is due to the fact that bristles are softer and children brush more vigorously. They oftentimes brush bite the bristles too.

Dental professionals also suggest that toothbrushes be replaced every after illness because germs and bacteria could lurk and hide in the bristles which could lead to reinfection.

Does a bamboo toothbrush last longer than commercial ones?

Actually, there is no reason that you should replace a bamboo toothbrush any sooner than a plastic one. As long as you look after them, a bamboo toothbrush is all good.

One factor you look at a toothbrush before replacing it is the condition of the bristles. Since most of the bamboo toothbrushes still use nylon in the bristles, these make them essentially the same as any other brush.

There are also bamboo toothbrushes that are made from petroleum-free bristles. These are designed to perform just as well as nylon. Just like any other brush, your brushing style also affects how soon the bristles start fraying and if you need to replace your toothbrush.

Taking care of your toothbrush

Toothbrushes should be rinsed after every use to get rid of any bits of food and even wash away bacteria. You should store it in an upright position and allowed to air dry.

Each time you use a bamboo toothbrush, it is more important to dry the handle with a towel. It is also not recommended to keep it in the glass as the handle can stay wet and become moldy unlike plastic ones.

As a plus, bamboo has naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial features. But if you worry about harboring bacteria, you can sterilize your toothbrush in boiling water for a few minutes.

What happens to your retired toothbrush once you replace it?

This is the real difference between a plastic and bamboo toothbrush once you have used it after three months.

Imagine one person uses 4 brushes a year and lives for 80 years, that is a total of 320 toothbrushes and if these are made from plastic, they are almost impossible to recycle. Unfortunately, these discarded toothbrushes are piling up in landfills and littering our oceans because it takes thousands of years to break down plastic.

On the other hand, bamboo is 100% biodegradable and compostable. It will break down in 4-6 months in a home compost and a few weeks in a commercial compost.

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