5 Ways To Go Green With Your Dental Routine
There are many reasons and benefits why you should switch to a greener daily dental routine such as economic, health, or environmental. These benefits can not only help save your teeth, but they can also preserve nature and your wallet, as well.
Be it buying eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and no chemical products, to simply, saving water and disposing of waste at the right disposal places, here are the best 5 ways on how to green your dental routine that will save you time and money. This can also be enormously fulfilling and satisfying by knowing that you are preserving nature in the best possible way, while still keeping your teeth and gums in perfect health.
In your daily dental routine, you should choose products that are biodegradable and friendly to the environment. Naturally, toothbrushes and toothpaste are the first things to check if they are made of recyclable materials, but there are many other products that we use in our dental routines such as mouthwash, dental floss, toothpicks, and many more that should not be overlooked when choosing to be eco-friendly.
All these natural and biodegradable products are not hard to find and usually are presented in eco-friendly packaging that makes their search process easy and time-saving.
2.Choose a bamboo toothbrush
The best thing about a bamboo toothbrush is that it is completely natural and can be at least 99% recyclable. The bamboo toothbrush is as good as a plastic toothbrush but has bigger advantages to the environment, such as that the sea animals will eat less plastic. Plus, it is made of a solid bamboo handle that can be upcycled once it's used as a toothbrush. With a bamboo toothbrush, you will not only get a BPA-free but also an eco-friendly product that soothes your gums.
What is even better, it can be produced in bulk without polluting the environment since a bamboo plant is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world and thus can regrow what was taken to produce the toothbrush.
3. Use Non Plastic Floss
Non-plastic floss can be dissolved easily while the plastic floss comes also with a plastic container that can help in polluting the water, killing birds, animals, and fish when carelessly thrown away. A simple but great method to avoid this problem is to use eco-friendly dental floss that can be made from silk or activated charcoal bamboo fiber and comes in a recyclable container.
4. Buy organically formulated mouthwash
Organically formulated mouthwash can help in reducing inflammation while at the same time fight off bacteria, freshen your breath and moisturize your gums. This especially comes in handy if you recently had wisdom teeth surgery or emergency tooth extraction, and your gums around the operated tooth are sensitive and might need delicate care. With special oils in mouthwash, they can soothe the inflamed area and keep a high level of gum hygiene.
5. Reduce water usage
One of the easiest and most important ways in going green with your dental practice, but often taken for granted is to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. According to EPA just turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth can save up to 5,700 gallons of water per year. This will not only have a positive effect on your wallet but essentially on the environment, too.
Access to clean water is getting more and more scarce so preserving the natural resources and teaching our kids from an early age to be more economical in water usage can help us save the planet and leave it in better condition for future generations.
The perks of these eco-friendly products and practices are many, and they mostly affect your health and the environment. The eco-friendly products are vegan, fluoride-free, and cruelty-free, so by using them you will no longer (un)consciously support dermatological testing on animals. Not only that the planet will benefit from your green practice, but your health and wallet will as well. Once you go green it will be hard to switch to the old, bad habits. Just remember that you do have a choice in choosing good quality and sustainable oral care products that are also green and eco-friendly, and in most cases are even better for your overall health.