Your oral health is important to you. But taking care of your smile is just as important as taking care of the planet. With these three easy to use tips, there’s a way you can do both at the same time.
Keep an eye on your water usage
It may seem obvious, and even common knowledge. But reducing the amount of water you use while brushing can truly make a significant difference. If you turn the water off while your brushing, you could potentially save up to 8 gallons of water a day. That’s over 200 gallons a month per person in your home. If you have children, teaching them these habits early will set them up for a sustainable lifestyle.
Choose your toothbrush wisely
When it comes to eco friendly toothbrushes, you have a lot of options. There are brushes made out of recycled plastic or aluminum. There are also biodegradable toothbrushes made out of wood. There’s even an electric toothbrush out there that only requires a one hour charge every six months. With so many great options available to you, it should be easy to find one that works for you. Make sure you do your research.
Your oral health care routine probably uses more than just a toothbrush and water. You can find green toothpaste options at every major store. If you have bottles of mouthwash, plastic containers to hold floss, or other plastic materials, make sure you recycle them properly. If you’re unsure of whether some of your containers are recyclable, you can ask your local recycling center and they’ll provide you with the information. This can go a long way in keeping your plastic out of places it shouldn’t be.
More dentists than ever are practicing eco-friendly dentistry. Surprisingly, some of them may not even be aware that they are doing so. These environmentally conscious dentists use digital x-rays and patient records. They could also use sustainable dental materials while avoiding adding hazardous substances to wastewater.