How Long Do Bamboo Toothbrushes Last?

We often hear the question "How long do bamboo toothbrushes last?" from potential customers who are looking to switch from plastic.

It's an obvious question - after all, bamboo is a very uncommon sight in British bathrooms.

Plastic has gained a reputation for being almost too durable so people naturally wonder if the same goes for bamboo?

How Long Do Bamboo Toothbrushes Last?

A bamboo toothbrush will comfortably last 3 to 4 months.

This of course depends on how well you take care of the handle. Plastic is highly resistant to water so dropping a plastic toothbrush back in a cup with water at the bottom wouldn't pose it any problems.

Bamboo is technically a grass which makes it naturally water resistant but it isn't totally immune to water damage.

You might get a little discolouration of your brush or slight swelling if it's stored in water so we recommend rinsing and storing your brush in a dry place.

What About the Bristles?

Most companies providing bamboo toothbrushes use the same nylon bristles as plastic toothbrushes.

Some companies have dubiously claimed to have produced 100% nylon-free bristles (without lab reports to back up their claims) but in general the bristles on most bamboo toothbrushes will last around 2 to 4 months.

This is why the British Dental Association recommend changing your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. As the bristles naturally lose their original shape, they become less effective at brushing.

Tips to Make Your Bamboo Toothbrush Last

All you have to do to ensure your toothbrush lasts the 2-3 months before you're ready to move on to a new one is:

  • Rinse and store in a dry place after use
  • Don't brush too hard - brushing too hard not only damages your bristles but will also damage your gums

It's really that simple!

If you're wondering what happens when you've finished with your brush, you can either compost it or here's 7 clever ways to upcycle it.

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