Is Your Toothbrush BPA-Free?

Is Your Toothbrush BPA-Free?

BPA-Free Toothbrushes

There are plenty of toxic things in our environment, but did you know that some simple things, like certain toothbrushes, could be made from potentially harmful material too? Some toothbrushes on the market are made with BPA and could be adding toxins to your body. We’ve outlined what you need to know about BPA and how to check if your toothbrush is BPA-free.

What Is BPA?

The acronym BPA stands for bisphenol A. This industrial chemical is used to make several kinds of plastics and resins. It is found in polycarbonate plastics used often in metal and plastic food containers. It is also used to make many consumer goods, such as some toothbrushes.

BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free Toothbrush Guide

For the last two months the number one search term entered by our readers has been “toothbrush,” so we set out to locate BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free toothbrushes for the whole family. We were pleasantly surprised in many cases, and of course disappointed at the same time by the number of companies that wouldn’t even respond.

Here’s a preliminary list to get you brushing in non-toxic style! We found that most toothbrushes are made from polypropylene (#5) and nylon (for the bristles). We’ll continue adding to the list as we learn about more options.

  1. WooBamboo Toothbrushes for the whole family
  2. Green Sprouts:  Finger Toothbrush, Baby Toothbrush and My First Toothbrush Set
  3. Preserve Jr. and Adult (made from 100% recycled plastic, including Stonyfield Farm® yogurt cups)
  4. MAM Learn to Brush Set
  5. RazBaby (made from 100% silicone)
  6. Nuby Oral Massager and Toothbrush (made from 100% silicone)
  7. Kushies Baby Banana Brush and Baby’s 1st Toothbrush (made from 100% silicone)
  8. Baby Buddy Baby’s 1st Toothbrush (made from 100% silicone)
  9. Smile Brite (Bunnies and Child’s First)
  10. Oral B: carries a wide selection of children’s toothbrushes, and we were pleased to discover that ALL children’s toothbrushes are made of polypropylene (#5) plastic.
  11. The First Years American Red Cross Infant to Toddler Oral Care Kit: TPA Krayton (inner) and polypropylene #5 (outer) bristles
  12. Summer Infant Oral Care Kit: Polypropylene #5 with nylon bristles; Silicone Infant Finger Brush

What Are the Possible Health Effects?

The research on BPA shows that there are some areas of concerns in terms of the effect on BPA on infants and young children. Some believe that high levels of BPA act as a fake hormone, disrupting the normal hormones in the developing body, and could cause brain and behavioral issues.

Children are not the only ones affected by BPA. Recent studies link increased BPA to higher blood pressure. Other long-term issues are still being studied. While the FDA does say that low levels of BPA exposure are safe, it is smart to consider ways to limit your exposure, and especially your children’s exposure.

How to Know If Your ToothBrush is BPA-Free

Using a toothbrush made without BPA is a simple way to limit your exposure to BPA. Many toothbrushes are still made with this chemical, but there are some ways to guarantee you are using the right toothbrush. A site we researched shows several brands, including WooBamboo, which has brushes for kids and adults.

How Often Do you Need a New Toothbrush?

If you didn’t already know, most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three to four months, and that is why choosing an eco-friendly, natural toothbrush like a bamboo toothbrush or charcoal toothbrush is essential. Since the bristles on your toothbrush can wear out, you should replace it on a regular basis. When your bristles become worn, they can cause gum problems that you’d rather avoid. If you notice your bristles becoming worn down before three months, you should replace your brush even before that time.