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So you’ve decided to switch to a bamboo toothbrush!

“No, I’m not sure yet.”

Or you used it in the past, or you’re just curious now. 

Or maybe you will.

Whatever the reason is. This article is serving you bamboo realness.

You desire to do good for the environment but still, want to own a toothbrush that is gentle on the gums, cleans your teeth well, even better than the plastic one.

Again, that word, plastic. 

Plastic is everywhere. 

Can’t run away from it.

Plastic bags underwater. Photo by Naja Bertolt Jensen

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.” – National Geographic

It’s uncertain how long it will take for that plastic to completely biodegrade into its component molecules. Estimates range from 450 years to never.

Ocean plastic is expected to kill millions of marine animals each year. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by it. 

If everyone switches to a bamboo-based toothbrush, the massive amount of plastic in the ocean will decrease tremendously. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are not yet a popular choice, but they do come with a great bunch of advantages that not everyone knows about. 


Here are the 10 amazing benefits you should know about bamboo-based toothbrushes:

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#1 Soft-bristles, recommended by dental professionals

Most dental specialists suggest toothbrushes with soft bristles, especially if you have sensitive teeth or signs of erosion.

The American Dental Association (ADA) advised people to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

How you brush your teeth is important. Too much pressure or overzealous brushing can negatively affect the enamel and gums.

More pressure does not equal cleaner teeth, and in fact, can cause gum loss, which can contribute to tooth sensitivity. It may start to damage the enamel and tissues around your teeth.

Bamboo toothbrushes manufactured with charcoal-infused bristles are normally soft and flat in design. These perks will help you clean hard-to-reach places within your mouth, gumlines, while gentle enough to protect your teeth, remove plaque from above and just below the gingival margin.

#2 Bamboo handles are biodegradable and antimicrobial in nature

The antibacterial properties in bamboo kill bacteria that enter the facade, providing enduring protection.

Therefore, the bamboo handle is free from harmful germs. It explains why bamboo grows so rapidly. 

Bamboo is naturally hollow in the horizontal cross-section, so its fiber displays many gaps that can absorb and evaporate human skin moisture (just like bamboo naturally does with other moisture in the environment).

Currently, there’s not much scientific evidence about the antibacterial performances of bamboo. If you want some reference, read this detailed research on Using ZnO and Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites to Functionalize Antimicrobial Bamboo Materials.

#3 Bamboo is highly sustainable and fast-growing

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It has been documented expanding 47.6 inches within 24 hours. There are beyond 1000 species of bamboo.

It self-regenerates from its own roots and can be harvested in 3-5 years.

Bamboo is low-maintenance. It doesn’t require fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, labor, and very little water to grow. It’s one of the rare plants that can withstand various harsh conditions.

Bamboo is a notably renewable and easy-to-grow resource.

#4 You consume less plastic

Most of us will replace around 300 toothbrushes during our lifetime.

Considering the world’s population of 7.53 billion people, that makes brutally 29.4 billion toothbrushes each year. 

By using a bamboo toothbrush, you’re helping lessen the plastic waste which ends up in the ocean and landfill, save plenty of sea animals and put less stress on the environment.

#5 Sleek, modern, and minimalistic in design

Nature-based products look dope and classy, it’s undeniable. Your bathroom automatically turns aesthetics and elegant once you place a bamboo toothbrush in it. It blends well with any kind of decoration.

You no longer wake up with a piece of plastic. Isn’t it something to celebrate?

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Our exclusive designed handles are easy-grip and smooth providing a gentle experience while keeping you stylish.

#6 Recyclable and repurposable 

The bamboo stem is 100% home compostable and the bristles if they are plant-based (castor bean oil) or animal-based (like boar hair), are compostable too. 

As our aim to bring you a sleek design bamboo toothbrush but still maintains its function to clean your mouth and teeth efficiently. 

At the end of its life, you can use the bamboo toothbrush for various functions such as a pet brush, a cleaning tool for harder-to-reach places at home, a garden marker, a perch for budgies, or just throw it in a fireplace, light up your barbecue grill stove, etc. just be creative. It’s a piece of timber!

#7 Represent the Generation Green

Millennials and Generation Z are among the most environmentally and socially-conscious generations in history. 

With increasing purchasing power and digitally-enhanced information access, they are transmuting awareness into diligent, organic, and environment-friendly product decisions.

Switching to a less plastic toothbrush doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if everyone does the same, it will make a huge impact on the environment. 

It’s up to you to join this generation green and make little change to help reduce plastic waste and single-use plastic.

#8 A green-but-great way to maintain your oral hygiene 

In the age of automation, convenience, and consumerism, going back to basic is a great idea. 

There are myths that bamboo toothbrushes are not as effective as conventional or electrical toothbrushes in terms of dental hygiene.

It’s simply not true. High-quality bristles will clean your teeth perfectly: a little cleaner, and a little brighter. 

Brush twice per day and with calm. Change the toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or when the bristles have frayed. 

Use fluoridated toothpaste to make the most out of your bamboo toothbrush. Flossing and mouthwash if possible. 

Seek professional advice from your dentist on how to maintain proper dental health if you’re in doubt.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Photo by Vlada Karpovich

#9 So light that you can take it anywhere. 

A bamboo toothbrush weighs up to 10g only.

You can literally carry it everywhere with you, to school or work, to travel, or after the gym. It dries up itself pretty quickly.

You don’t need to plug it in to charge the battery. It cleans your teeth well, ecological, and affordable.

#10 It doesn’t have anything to do with panda, it’s cruelty-free.

There’s a myth that cultivating bamboo might affect the pandas’ habitats as their main food source is mostly bamboo.

But they don’t eat all kinds of bamboo. They’re in fact, quite picky. 

Pandas are plant-eaters since their diet contains 99% of bamboo. Surprisingly, pandas don’t get much nutrition from it—a panda digests just 17 percent of the 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 14 kilograms) of dry food it eats per day. This reveals why pandas developed such a drowsy, energy-conserving lifestyle.

Moso (Japanese) or Phyllostachys edulis, or tortoise-shell bamboo, or mao zhu (Chinese) is the largest temperate bamboo on earth. The majority of bamboo toothbrushes that are manufactured in China, normally are made with this type of giant bamboo. 

Panda’s main diet consists of the leaves, stems, and shoots of various bamboo species, such as Fargesia dracocephala, Phyllostachys glauca, Bashania fargesii, Fargesia robusta and several other bamboo species. 

Therefore, they won’t consume Moso (Phyllostachys edulis).

This makes bamboo-based toothbrushes cruelty-free and perfectly suited for vegans. 

Bottom line

In today’s vast market and with the abundance of choices, choosing the right toothbrush has never been easier.

If you decide to switch to a bamboo-based toothbrush to preserve the ecosystem and to keep your teeth clean, review the list of its remarkable advantages:

  • Soft-bristles, recommended by dental professionals
  • Bamboo handles are biodegradable and antimicrobial in nature
  • Bamboo is highly sustainable and fast-growing
  • You consume less plastic
  • Sleek, modern, and minimalistic in design
  • Recyclable and repurposable 
  • You represent the Generation Green
  • A green-but-great way to maintain your oral hygiene 
  • So light that you can take it anywhere. 
  • It doesn’t have anything to do with panda, it’s cruelty-free.

Shop our product to bring home the perfect bamboo toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles for daily dental hygiene. 

Free deliveries are available.  Every 10 brushes sold, we plant a tree to fight deforestation in Monchique, Portugal. 

It’s up to you to act now to reduce plastic waste in the ocean and save marine animals.

Start with your bathroom.

Go green. Live better.

References & Footnotes

Why You Should Look into Bamboo Toothbrushes. (2018, July 12). Hancock Village Dental. https://hancockvillagedental.com/look-bamboo-toothbrushes/ Parkcrest Dental Group. (2020, August 25). 

How Do Giant Pandas Survive on Bamboo? (2011, October 17). National Geographic News. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/111017-pandas-bamboo-bacteria-plants-meat-bears-animals-science/ 

Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side. (2017, October 6). Magazine. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/08/giant-pandas-wild-animals-national-parks/ 

Bamboo Toothbrush Pros & Cons | Parkcrest Dental Group. Dentist – Springfield MO | Parkcrest Dental Group. https://parkcrestdental.com/blog/dental-education/parkcrest-dental-group-bamboo-toothbrush-advantages-disadvantages/ 

Econation. (2020, December 19). Bamboo, Bamboo uses and benefits, Bamboo sustainability. https://www.econation.co.nz/bamboo/ 

The Guardian. (2017, February 22). The bear’s necessity. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2003/mar/20/research.science 

The history of plastic toothbrushes and how they pollute our planet. (n.d.). Dental-Tribune.Com. Retrieved January 5, 2021, from https://www.dental-tribune.com/news/the-history-of-plastic-toothbrushes-and-how-they-pollute-our-planet/ 

How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis. (2019, June 14). Environment. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/06/story-of-plastic-toothbrushes/ 

Cherney, K. (2019, March 8). 11 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/best-practices-for-healthy-teeth 

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It. (2018, May 16). Magazine. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/ 

Facts about giant pandas and dassoXTRs moso bamboo. (n.d.). Dassoxtr.Com. Retrieved January 5, 2021, from https://dassoxtr.com/Panda-facts.aspx 

Toothbrushes. (n.d.). American Dental Association. Retrieved January 5, 2021, from https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes 

Colgate. (n.d.). Soft Vs. Hard Toothbrush: Which One Should You Use? Retrieved January 5, 2021, from https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/selecting-dental-products/soft-vs-hard-toothbrush 


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