Are you trying to be a more environmentally conscious consumer? Are you worried about the chemicals in your toothpaste? Is it important to you that your toothbrush is recyclable or biodegradable? If so, then welcome to the club! There are plenty of electric toothbrushes on the market that considers all of these concerns. And as someone who’s been using electric toothbrushes for years (and loves them), I’m here to help guide you through this vast and exciting new world of a sustainable electric toothbrush.
Features of Sustainable Electric Toothbrush
Replaceable heads are a great way to get the most out of your toothbrush, as they’re replaceable when worn or dirty. The exact frequency and methods for replacing these heads vary by brand and model but generally speaking, there should be some indicator on the brush handle that tells you when it’s time to swap in a new one.
You can also keep tabs on the condition of your brush head by cleaning it regularly with a toothbrush cleaner or disinfecting solution (which will also clean away any bacteria). You don’t want to be using an unclean toothbrush! This extra step is especially important if you have braces or implants.
Most electric toothbrushes use nylon bristles, which don’t break down in landfills. Aside from the plastic handle, these are completely biodegradable: when you throw your brush away or recycle it, there’s nothing left over to harm the environment.
The downside is that nylon can damage your gums over time. Some companies have started using a material called TPE instead of nylon. Biodegradable and sustainable, it comes from cornstarch and soybean oil. But there are still some issues with TPE; since it doesn’t have as much stiffness as nylon does (which makes it easier to clean). This material might not be able to get into all those hard-to-reach places between your teeth as traditional brushes do.
If you’re like me and don’t want to be poisoning yourself, your family, and the planet with toxic chemicals in your toothbrush every day (and night), here are some things that you’ll want to look for when shopping for an electric toothbrush:
Non-Toxic Materials. No BPA, phthalates, or parabens. Abrasives and chemical-free. No recycled materials. Cruelty-free. No animal products (except in case of malfunction). Animal fats-free (except in case of malfunction). No animal bi-products (except in case of malfunction).
Your toothbrush is compostable, but what about its package? We’ve got you covered. Our packaging comes from recycled and recyclable materials—including the box your toothbrush comes in, which is 100% recyclable!
You can also rest easy knowing that our bamboo toothbrush cases are 100% biodegradable and help to reduce plastic waste by eliminating single-use plastic packaging.
Long Battery Life
An electric toothbrush’s most common battery life is at least one week. Some models have a battery life of up to six weeks or even as much as a month or two! This can be very important if you’re going on vacation and want to leave your toothbrush home without worrying that it won’t be charged when you get back.
Our Product Recommendations
Oral-B Genius X Electric Toothbrush
The Oral-B Genius X Electric Toothbrush is the best for those who prefer an electric toothbrush. It has a sleek, innovative design that makes it easy to hold and use, and it comes with several different cleaning modes to ensure you’re getting the most out of your brushing experience. The Oral-B Genius X Electric Toothbrush also features Bluetooth connectivity so you can track your brushing habits over time. It is great for people who want more information about how they brush their teeth and what areas are being neglected by them.
The cost of this product may seem high at first glance, but keep in mind that many dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every few months or so—and since this one lasts up to six months longer than other brands on the market (some even claim up to two years!), it easily pays for itself over time!
Briut Essentials Bamboo Electric Toothbrush
If you’re looking for a sustainable and eco-friendly electric toothbrush, consider the Briut Essentials Bamboo Electric Toothbrush. As the name suggests, it uses real bamboo, a natural resource that’s renewable and biodegradable.
It also has some other nice features beyond sustainability: a timer that lets you know when your two minutes of brushing is up (so you can have a smoother smile), five different modes to choose from (sensitive teeth mode, whitening mode, massage mode), and an antibacterial coating on the bristles.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 Series
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 Series is a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush with an impressive feature set. It has an unusual shape and design, but it’s sure to transform your dental care routine into something more effective.
The DiamondClean Smart 9700 has five cleaning modes: Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health, Sensitive, and Tongue Care. The Sonicare app lets you customize each mode for your needs, like increasing or decreasing the intensity of the brushing experience and choosing different brush heads based on what works best for you (and your teeth).
With its unique design, this sleek electric toothbrush features a diamond-shaped handle with two buttons at its base: one for switching between cleaning modes and another for turning on Bluetooth connectivity so you can sync it with an app on your smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android operating systems (but not Windows).
You’ll be able to track how long you’ve been brushing along with other data points like pressure applied during brushing sessions. These data points can help determine areas where improvement may be needed over time following regular use of this smart device!
PearlBar – Bamboo Sonic Electric Toothbrush
PearlBar is a bamboo sonic electric toothbrush. It uses advanced sonic technology to gently remove plaque and food particles from all areas of your mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth.
PearlBar’s design is elegant and minimalist, with its sleek black handle encasing a white brush head that delivers 31,000 strokes per minute on each rotation. The soft bristles are designed to be gentle on gums while effectively removing plaque buildup.
PearlBar’s manufacturers have taken great care to ensure that the materials used in its construction are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Quip Electric Toothbrush Set
The Quip electric toothbrush set is a new type of electric toothbrush that is affordable, durable, and sustainable. The Quip electric toothbrush set features a small, round brush head with soft bristles that are gentle on gums but firm enough to remove plaque from teeth. The brush head fits over the motorized handle, which helps users reach every corner of their mouth and easily clean between teeth.
The Quip electric toothbrush set is the first dental care product that uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. This means that the entire production process was designed to use materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Electric toothbrushes are generally safe, but you should avoid using them if you have a heart condition or a pacemaker. They’re also not good for kids under seven years old—children’s mouths are much smaller than adults, and the movement of electric toothbrushes can make it hard to control where they go.
Dentists love electric toothbrushes because they are better than manual toothbrushes. They don’t generally like Waterpik, floss, or mouthwash because they can damage teeth and gums. They also don’t like whitening because it’s expensive and has no proven benefits.
No, electric toothbrushes do not weaken teeth. The opposite is true—electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual ones and can help strengthen your teeth.
An electric toothbrush is just as good for receding gums as a manual one. The bristles are soft, so you won’t hurt your gums or cause bleeding.
Electric toothbrushes are also better for people with sensitive teeth than manual ones. You could use a manual brush with an electric timer and achieve the same results by brushing for two minutes instead of one minute, but an electric toothbrush will do the work for you!
So, if you’re in the market for an electric toothbrush, we have great news! Plenty of brands have created their products with your health and the environment in mind. They’re not only better for your mouth, but they also help take care of our planet.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you, then maybe these last few points will: they give a great clean without irritating your gums or damaging enamel; they don’t cost much more than traditional ones, and they’re easy to use with just one hand so no need to worry about dropping them while brushing!
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