Bamboo Toothbrushes - the perfect brush for receding gums!
We gave people we love bamboo toothbrushes for Christmas, a bit like giving the planet a Christmas pressie. "Thank you for the lovely gifts", one friend said, "I gave the toothbrush to my grandson" - wait, what? The grandson is a year old?! "Well", he said, "it's very soft". There seems to be a popular misbelief, that you have to have a really hard toothbrush to properly clean your teeth.
This is actually far from the truth, and one of the main reasons for receding gums and sensitive teeth.
Where did you learn how to brush your teeth?
Brushing your teeth is taught at school and then that's it, you're off. Just like driving, you take your test, pass and then go off to develop bad habits slowly over time. With no one to correct any poorly remembered aspects of driving, we can be doing something important wrong without realising.
Brushing too hard. Brushing the wrong way and the wrong angle, not brushing long enough, using a hard bristled brush, brushing too soon after eating...all these bad moves can result in poorly cleaned teeth at best. and damaged teeth and gums at worst.
Although receding gums can be genetic or due to infection, most is actually caused by physical wear - yes, brushing teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard.
Plaque doesn't take much scrubbing, it really does come away willingly.
Bamboo toothbrushes have perfectly soft bristles, great for easily removing plaque and foodstuffs without being too abrasive.
For any hard to remove foods stuck in between your teeth, we recommend our bamboo dental floss. Brilliantly minty and strong enough for the job, you can get tooth damaging foods out of your teeth.
Why a bamboo toothbrush is a great alternative to plastic
Bamboo toothbrushes have a great impact on the planet. Every single toothbrush made since 1950 still exists. With an average of 4 toothbrushes per year and billions of inhabitants, planet earth is drowning in plastic toothbrushes.
Bamboo is tough but doesn't last forever
Bamboo is strong, natural and will eventually decompose. The handles are perfect to put to use in the garden for a multitude of uses before either popping in the compost bin, using as kindling, or - as mentioned in a previous post, stuck straight in the soil to naturally breakdown over time.
They don't come with hard bristles, so you have a toothbrush that has bristles soft enough to flex and bend. Using too much pressure is not so bad when the bristles and flex away from the surface of your teeth.
How to brush your teeth properly (with a bamboo toothbrush)
1. Think massage, not brush.
2. Hold the brush lightly, like a pencil.
3. Work up and down the teeth not across
4. Take two minutes to gently massage the whole mouth and teeth, twice a day
5. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to get underneath the gums - gently!
6. Clean the tongue, cheeks and roof of the mouth to really do a proper job.
For a fresh and healthy mouth, a bamboo toothbrush does the job perfectly!