When you think about buying a toothbrush, how to properly care for it doesn’t really cross your mind. You buy it, open it, use it for a few months, then throw it away. What’s the big deal? Bamboo toothbrushes have been all the rage on the internet recently. However, they can’t be cared for like a regular plastic toothbrush. Parkcrest Dental Group gives some tips on how to care for a bamboo toothbrush if you decide to give it a try.
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Deal with the Packaging
The great thing about bamboo toothbrushes is that nearly all of them come in biodegradable packaging. This means that once you unpackage your toothbrush, you can recycle the packaging. Bamboo toothbrushes generally come in a cardboard box with compostable liners inside. Always check the box to see how the brand recommends you compost the materials.
Store in a Dry Place
Unlike plastic toothbrushes, bamboo toothbrushes can’t be left in water for too long as the bamboo will begin to deteriorate. To ensure that your toothbrush lasts its lifespan, always be sure to dry your toothbrush after every use. You’ll notice that the more you use it and the wetter it gets, the bamboo will begin to darken. This is totally normal and is simply a sign that you’re using it often. As long as you dry it after each use, your bamboo toothbrush will last a long time before it needs to be replaced.
Upcycle as Much as Possible
When it’s time to replace your toothbrush, you don’t necessarily need to throw it away. Bamboo toothbrushes can be used in more ways than one. They can simply be retired and used as a cleaning utensil for hard to reach places in your home (make sure to label it as the cleaning one), or you can even use them for crafts, such as bamboo labels in your potted plants. Just because you can no longer brush your teeth with your bamboo toothbrush doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other things.
Finally, after it’s been worn out and used, it’s time to compost your toothbrush. It’s best to start the process by removing the bristles first since they may be made of nylon depending on the brand. Pliers are a handy tool that will help you remove all the bristles with ease. After the bristles are removed, add it to your recycling or compost it yourself in your own garden. Simple as that!
Parkcrest Dental Group is Happy to See You Smile
No matter your tool of choice, if you’re brushing and flossing the recommended amounts, your dentist will be happy. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment, or visit our Springfield, MO office for a quick tour.