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Are bamboo toothbrushes good for teeth?

Are bamboo toothbrushes good for teeth?

Why do people go for bamboo toothbrushes? 

Brushing our teeth regularly has long since been a key aspect of our oral and dental health. Eliminating food particles and bacteria from your mouth minimizes the chances of infection or the creation of cavities. The history of dental hygiene utensils is long and varied, and if you are interested in learning about the history of the toothbrush, we highly recommend you check out our other article here. The humble tooth stick turned into the all-mighty toothbrush, now sold in every supermarket, and contributing to the enormous plastic pollution issue in our oceans. In fact, it is not uncommon to find 20 to 100 toothbrushes per beach clean-up.


If you consider how many toothbrushes you use, and throw away, then you will quickly see why plastic toothbrushes need to find their way out of our societal norms. Keep in mind that dental hygienists and dentists recommend switching out your toothbrush at least every three months! Thankfully, bamboo toothbrushes have made their way onto the market as sustainable alternatives to the pieces of petroleum-derived plastics usually found on bathroom sinks. Bamboo toothbrushes have the benefit of having a biodegradable and compostable handle, that can be safely returned to the environment with minimal impact.

Bamboo itself is one of the fastest-growing plants on our planets, requires minimal care, and helps provide significant amounts of jobs. If you wish to learn more about the environmental benefits of bamboo check out the blog posts that look into the impacts of bamboo production on our world.

Are bamboo toothbrushes good for your teeth?

Yes, they are. Bamboo toothbrushes are good for the planet, however, are they still good for our teeth? It would not be a fantastic trade-off to help preserve the beautiful natural world at the cost of our dental health. Teeth are one of the few parts of our body that cannot heal themselves, so preventative and proper care is vital to keep your mouth healthy. Some individuals worry that putting bamboo into your mouth may be unhygienic, or that the wood like handles will splinter. However, studies have found that bamboo toothbrushes do not sequester any more bacteria than regular plastic toothbrushes.

How do you properly care for your bamboo toothbrush?

With proper maintenance that includes a thorough rinse after every use and upright storage, the bamboo will dry out quickly and stay hygienic. For hygiene reasons, and your comfort, it is a good idea to get yourself a bamboo toothbrush stand. These cute little accessories are practical in allowing your toothbrush to dry without touching a potentially dirty sink or cup. Leaving your toothbrush in a cup can also cause some discoloration if the water drips down and pools on the handle.

The bamboo handles may take some getting used to, and the feeling is quite different from plastic in your mouth, but bamboo will not splinter. Unlike wood, bamboo is actually a grass, and the handles have been manufactured in ways that they have a smooth finish. While some bamboo toothbrushes are of poorer quality and have snapped or been found to get courses after use, the Booboo toothbrush has a sleek design that keeps it ergonomic. The savvy designs from Booboo toothbrush also mean every member of your family receives their very own colour. Blues, greens, yellows, and various stripped combinations will be shipped to your home for your convenience. This means you will never confuse your toothbrush and have a fun thing to look forward to every month: choosing your new colour.

How to keep your teeth healthy

According to dentists, the best way to prevent tooth decay or similar is to regularly clean your teeth with dentist certified toothpaste. Learn about why Dentists are switching to Bamboo Toothbushes. There has been no evidence that plastic toothbrushes do a better job than bamboo toothbrushes, but instead, the results depend on the person's technique rather than their tool. Sugars are particularly damaging to teeth, so brushing your teeth after a high fructose or sucrose meal can help decrease the risk of tooth decay. Not eating any food once you have brushed your teeth allows your teeth to stay healthy and recover in a coating of saliva. The recommended amount of time to brush one's teeth is two minutes, but the key part is to ensure the toothbrush bristles scrub every part of the teeth. For this reason, try and be conscious about brushing all sides equally, front and back, with special attention to those hard to reach molars.

A good rule of thumb is to put on a timer or even a song and brushing your teeth the whole time it is playing. Do not forget to switch out your toothbrush every 3 months to ensure the bristles are still straight and able to remove any food particles and bacteria.

How often do you need a new toothbrush?

If you are the type of person that forgets to invest in a new toothbrush when the time comes, an easy solution is to sign up for a BooBoo toothbrush subscription box. Booboo toothbrush gives you the option to order a package suited for your family’s needs.

Check whether you wish to receive a replacement toothbrush every month, three months or six months! They also offer child-size toothbrushes perfectly suited for little hands. If you want to decrease your environmental footprint with the amount of plastic you generate, then opting for a sustainably packaged bamboo toothbrush. If you want to minimise the carbon footprint associated with the delivery, consider bulk ordering every six months rather than individual monthly purchases.

Finally, ensure that you are properly disposing of your bamboo toothbrush. Check out our detailed guide on how to compost your bamboo toothbrush and some ideas of how to reuse the handles. Remember, that when you buy from booboo, not only are you buying a sustainable product. But for every purchase booboo brush plants a tree to help regenerate forests and make our earth just a little bit greener.