Bamboo toothbrushes typically need a little more looking after than the average plastic manual toothbrush. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a lot of work – looking after your children’s bamboo toothbrush is easy peasy with these six top tips.
1. Once you open it, recycle the packaging
Just like getting a plastic toothbrush, there is nothing extra that you need to do when you get a new bamboo environmentally friendly toothbrush before using it.
However, once you open it, don’t forget to recycle the packaging, plus the box, envelope, and any padding that your toothbrush was delivered in. Just take out the brush and pop the packaging material in your usual recycling bin.
2. Ensure your child doesn’t brush their teeth too hard
Brushing harder does not equate to brushing better! In fact, brushing too hard can damage the enamel on the teeth and hurt the gums.
Making sure your child doesn’t brush too hard can also help keep the bristles on their toothbrush in a good condition for longer. Instead, you should be encouraging them to brush with gentle pressure in circular motions, then back and forth across their teeth, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
3. Rinse it off
After brushing their teeth, your child should make sure they thoroughly rinse their bamboo toothbrush to clean it of any leftover toothpaste or debris.
4. Let it dry thoroughly after use
Here is where using a children’s bamboo toothbrush differs from using a plastic one – it is essential to make sure it is left to dry after every use. This is due to bamboo’s natural qualities that make it good for the environment, meaning it can degrade over time if damp.
Although this is positive for the environment, you won’t want your children’s bamboo toothbrush to degrade while they are still using it! However, by drying after use, you can ensure it will last just as long as a plastic alternative. After your child has finished brushing, the toothbrush should be dried as much as possible with a towel before it is placed to somewhere to dry.
5. Keep it dry by not storing in a toothbrush container
Once your children’s bamboo toothbrush is dry, our top tip is to not put it in a toothbrush container or cup. With these, drips can build up at the bottom of the container as water cannot drain away, which could leave the toothbrush constantly damp.
Instead, place the toothbrush over a stone or glass bowl where air can circulate around it. Alternatively, get a toothbrush holder that keeps your brush upright, but also allows drips to drain away.
6. Replace at least every 2-3 months
No matter how well you look after a toothbrush, every brush has to be changed eventually. Most dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months, and with bamboo, this is no different.
However, our dental experts at BubbleBrush have undertaken many tests to help make sure your child gets the most out of their bamboo toothbrush. From what we have found, we recommend that you replace your brush every 4-6 weeks.
If you need to replace an old bamboo toothbrush, you can purchase a four-pack of brushes from our online store.
But before you throw your old one away, don’t forget to check out our blog post on how to dispose of your toothbrush properly!
And there you have it – six tips for keeping your children’s bamboo toothbrush in prime condition for longer.