Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush

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What Is a Bamboo Toothbrush?

Bamboo toothbrushes are similar to any other manual toothbrush you would find on the shelf. They have a handle and bristles to remove food bits and plaque from your teeth. The key difference between bamboo toothbrushes and plastic toothbrushes is the material used to make the handle.

Although bamboo toothbrushes may seem like a new, eco-friendly item, they are actually one of the oldest types of toothbrushes. As the Library of Congress points out, the earliest bristle toothbrushes were invented in China in the 15th century and featured boar hair bristles and bamboo handles.

While you're more likely to find nylon bristles on modern bamboo toothbrushes, some still do have bristles made from boar hair. Others have bristles infused with activated charcoal, which may help whiten teeth.