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HOW YOUR TOOTHBRUSH BECAME A PART OF THE PLASTIC CRISIS Private

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Toothbrush design is little changed from its earliest form. The biggest difference is in the materials: toothbrushes are now all made of at least some plastic. Take a tour of the humble toothbrush and find out how it affects the environment.

The reason is simple. The total number of Plastic Toothbrushes being produced, used, and thrown away each year has grown steadily since the first one was made in the 1930s.

ns to the toothbrush conundrum, we have to understand how we got here.

The best invention of all time?

It turns out people really love having clean teeth. In MIT’s 2003 Lemelson Innovation Index survey, the Electric Toothbrush rated higher than cars, personal computers, or cellphones as the innovation respondents couldn’t live without.

The American Dental Association suggests that everyone replace their toothbrushes every three or four months. At that rate, brushers in the U.S. alone would go through over one billion toothbrushes each year. And if everyone around the world followed those recommendations, about 23 billion toothbrushes would get trashed annually. Most are traditional Bamboo Toothbrushes, but some 55 million U.S. brushers use electric toothbrushes each year, so some number of those plastic-handled, battery-containing objects also end up in the waste stream each year.

Other Special Toothbrushes, like the Radius, pack more, sturdier bristles into their heads. That helps them last longer so they need to be replaced less often—only two brushes a year instead of four.

Maintaining good Oral Care is essential to maintaining good overall health. The goal of proper oral hygiene is to remove or prevent formation and buildup of plaque and tartar, to prevent dental caries and periodontal disease, and to decrease the incidence of halitosis.