Today is Earth Day! Here are few tips for making your at-home oral care routine a little more eco-friendly:
- Turn off the water while you brush. This one may seem completely obvious to some of us, but many of us were taught to brush with the water running when we were children and it’s the sort of habit that some people may stop noticing and take for granted. If so, be mindful and simply turn off the water after you wet your brush. You can just turn it back on again when it’s time to rinse and save 2 minutes worth of perfectly good water from going straight down the drain without ever having been used.
- Consider choosing a recyclable toothbrush. Sadly, most toothbrushes are not made of a recyclable plastic. It may seem that they are small and that a few toothbrushes a year take up comparatively little space in landfills, but over a lifetime it adds up… The millions of toothbrushes discard every year add thousands upon thousands of pounds of plastics to landfills. There are quite a few recyclable, recycled, and biodegradable brands out there! Honestly, so far at Mall of Georgia Dentistry, we haven’t had a chance to try any of them yet, and we are pretty attached to our Nimbus brushes for now, so if anyone has tried one of the more eco-friendly brush, please let us know how you liked it! Meanwhile…
- Reuse/re-purpose your toothbrush. Many people know that an old toothbrush can be re-purposed to clean around the house, but did you know they can be made into cute little bracelets? What other ways have you thought up to make an old toothbrush useful again?
- Tips for Electric Toothbrushes: If you use an electric toothbrush, replacing the small head produces less waste than replacing an entire manual toothbrush, but they consume electricity and use a lot of resources in manufacturing and packaging. So charge them only as needed rather than leaving them plugged in constantly (which will also extend battery life), recycle the rechargeable batteries when worn out, and consider buying replacement heads in bulk to cut back on packaging waste.
- Brush, floss, and get regular cleanings. Preventative care helps avoid even more resource-intensive major restorative procedure. Flossing can help avoid periodontal conditions that require extra office visits and additional products. Putting the time and effort into maintaining a healthy smile is better in the long run!