The toothbrush is our indispensable item, helping us to clean our teeth, reduce the risk of dental disease. Today’s toothbrush is mainly made of plastic, which is destroying our environment. so another type of toothbrush is said to be replacing plastic, which is a bamboo toothbrush. The handle of this brush is usually made of bamboo. However, the bristles of our toothbrushes are in direct contact with our teeth, the materials to make it have many types, let’s find it out. What are bamboo toothbrush bristles made out of?
Toothbrush bristles made of fur?
Since its appearance, toothbrush bristles are usually made of fur. In ancient China, it was usually made from pig hair or horsetail hair with a handle made of cow bone. Animal hair is a material 100% natural, so it decomposes easily in nature.
Today, fur is no longer commonly used to make toothbrush bristles because of the popularity of plastic and many people’s high standards for the humaneness of keeping animals in captivity.
Toothbrush bristles made of plastic
Plastic is an important human invention, durable and versatile. Originally plastics were made from rubber trees or ivory, but later they were made by chemical synthesis, a process that causes pollution environmental, and the plastic itself is also a material that takes a long time to decompose in nature.
Plastic toothbrush bristles are usually nylon-4 or nylon-6. These two types of nylon are advertised as being able to degrade more quickly than in nature, but these are only laboratory experiments, beyond the fact, we need more evaluation.
Toothbrush bristles made of bamboo
Bamboo is similar to fur, is a completely natural material, but it is of plant origin instead of animal. Bamboo is a very fast-growing plant, growing bamboo does not use chemicals, and bamboo It also has many environmental benefits. Bamboo is a very durable and flexible material, people call it green steel because of its wonderful properties. Since it’s a plant, it doesn’t decompose in nature for as long as plastic.
Bamboo toothbrush bristles have 2 types: bamboo fiber and activated bamboo charcoal fiber. Activated bamboo charcoal has many benefits such as the ability to whiten teeth, remove plaque, however, it also has many harmful effects, so using bamboo fiber is the most reasonable.
How to Store & Care for Your Bamboo Toothbrush?
Bamboo toothbrushes require you to be more careful when storing them than regular plastic toothbrushes.
First keep the toothbrush in a dry place, after brushing your teeth, shake the toothbrush head vigorously to remove the water, then put it in a cup or box, uncovered to help it ventilate.
Place it upright so that the water runs down the part. handle, this handle may fade after a while, don’t worry about it.
When cleaning the bristles of your toothbrush, soak it in warm water or an antiseptic mouthwash solution.
Using bamboo to make toothbrush bristles is a good idea when the handle is already made from bamboo. It’s strange that the toothbrush handle is eco-friendly and the bristles are not. Bamboo is a material that has full characteristics to replace plastic and has many benefits for our teeth.