Bamboo toothbrushes are quickly becoming a staple in many households, not only because they're naturally antimicrobial, but also because of their eco-friendliness and biodegradability. While a plastic toothbrush will sit in a landfill, the best bamboo toothbrushes naturally decompose after it’s been disposed of.
The majority of bamboo toothbrushes come with nylon bristles which feel nice against the teeth but are also firm enough to sweep away bacteria and plaque around each tooth. Many of these nylon bristles are charcoal infused which help absorb and bind bacteria together and then remove it from the mouth. They're also great for whitening teeth, as they absorb much of what typically stains your teeth when you drink tea, coffee, and red wine.
However, you might want to remove the nylon bristles when you're done with it to make the toothbrushes fully biodegradable. If you'd rather not bother with that, I've included a fully biodegradable toothbrush with boar bristles.
To help you choose the best toothbrush for you, here are five of the best bamboo toothbrushes out there to give your mouth a fresh and clean feeling, all while being eco-friendly. And since you're supposed to change your toothbrush every three months so you don't want to spend too much on each one, none is more than $5 per toothbrush.
Still have questions? We've got you covered.
How long do bamboo toothbrushes last?
Like all toothbrushes, bamboo toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, according to the American Dental Association. Once your bamboo toothbrush is ready to retire, you have a few options for what to do with it next. Most are compostable, although with some, you'll need to remove the bristles first. You can also upcycle your bamboo toothbrush and use it to clean those hard-to-reach crevices around your home.
Are bamboo toothbrushes hygienic?
Bamboo toothbrushes are one of the oldest in existence, and were invented in 15th century China. While ancient bamboo toothbrushes used boar bristles, modern ones are made with nylon, the exact same material that the bristles of plastic toothbrushes are made from. They're just as hygienic as your run-of-the--mill toothbrush, but a bamboo option is better for the planet.
Do bamboo toothbrushes get moldy?
Since the bamboo handles of these toothbrushes are made from a somewhat porous material as opposed to a nonporous plastic, they could in theory develop mold if you don't take care of them. Fortunately, caring for your bamboo toothbrush is as easy as giving it a thorough rinse, letting it dry completely between uses, and storing it in a place that will keep it dry. As long as you follow these steps, your bamboo toothbrush is unlikely to develop mold.