This April 22nd is Earth Day! Are you feeling motivated to make a change and protect the planet? Unfortunately, when you take a closer look, you may find that many aspects of your everyday life involve plastic and unsustainable products. Thankfully, going green is as easy as making a few simple switches to more responsible items. Here are a few eco-friendly oral hygiene products to try to keep both your smile and the Earth healthy!
Have you ever stopped to think about how many toothbrushes there are in the world? Unfortunately, this important tool for keeping your pearly whites clean isn’t recyclable and millions of them fill up landfills around the world. If you want to go green, try switching to a bamboo toothbrush! These sturdy alternatives are highly effective, biodegradable, and stylish.
Another thing you probably don’t think about often is what your dental floss is made out of. That’s right: plastic. Traditional floss, the containers they come in, and single-use floss picks and threaders are all bad news for the environment. If you’re looking to reduce your plastic usage, try starting by switching to eco-friendly floss and flossing tools. Floss made of silk and wax is just as safe and effective as normal floss, and many come in glass or cardboard containers to reduce waste even more!
Mouthwash & Toothpaste Tablets
Instead of buying a big plastic bottle of mouthwash or tube of toothpaste, why not try a zero-waste alternative? Mouthwash and toothpaste tablets are effective and easy to use. All you need to do is drop one into a cup of water or pop one into your mouth before brushing. These plastic-free alternatives typically come in glass containers, and sometimes you can refill that container instead of buying a new one when it goes empty!
Metal Tubes of Toothpaste
If toothpaste tablets aren’t for you, then you may want to consider toothpaste brands that come in a metal tube. While it may sound strange at first, these toothpaste alternatives are very similar to your typical tube of toothpaste, with the exception that they’re usually made of aluminum instead of plastic. This way, the tube can be recycled once it’s empty.
Professional Whitening Treatments
Looking to get a brighter smile? Instead of experimenting with store-bought DIY whiteners, consider visiting your dentist for a professional whitening treatment instead. Not only will your results be more noticeable and your risk of tooth sensitivity minimized, but you won’t be wasting plastic materials and packaging.
Getting a great smile doesn’t have to come at the expense of the planet. This Earth Day, make a commitment to go green and try some of these eco-friendly oral hygiene products.
About the Practice
Dr. Geoffrey Iverson has been caring for the smiles of Montgomery and the surrounding communities since 1977. He prides himself on providing state-of-the-art yet personalized dental care for smiles of all ages and offers a wide variety of services. He and his team love to teach their patients about their own smiles and how to best care for their oral health at home. If you’d like personalized recommendations on which oral hygiene products to use, don’t hesitate to contact him via his website or at (507) 364-7424.