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One of my goals this year is to lower my carbon footprint. I wanted to reduce the amount of waste that I provided. I decided to start with my daily dental care routine. My goal was adopt a more eco-friendly, zero waste approach to my daily dental hygiene.
Now, I have finally come up with a dental care routine that works and leaves no waste! Read on to find out what I did!
1. Bamboo toothbrush
I’ve already mentioned this in my other post about my zero waste journey, but I thought I would mention it again.
I have started using a bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles which I change every 3 months. The benefits of a bamboo toothbrush is that it is ZERO WASTE. This means that at the end of its life cycle, I can just throw it into my compost bin and it will degrade back into soil.
One reason I love using a bamboo toothbrush is because it looks way cooler than a regular, plastic toothbrush. Brushing feels more or less exactly the same!
I am also really happy with making the change to a bamboo toothbrush because I am doing my part, albeit small, in helping curb the growing plastic problem.
You may think that the impact is nothing. There 8 billion people and you are just one little person. In actuality, the effect is immense. One bamboo toothbrush means eliminating one piece of plastic that would otherwise have flown into the oceans or ended up in the landfills.
And every time I convince someone to make the change to a bamboo toothbrush, that is another piece of plastic avoided. The effect only multiples and eventually we will all be using only natural products! Imagine that!
2. Natural toothpaste
I am using a natural toothpaste without any toxic ingredients. The ingredients are all 100% natural.
Some have criticized natural toothpaste for their lack of fluoride. Fluoride is the ingredient in toothpaste that strengthens your enamel (which keeps your teeth white) and fights bacteria that cause cavities.
However, I am not that concerned about the lack of fluoride in my toothpaste. I’ve been using the natural toothpaste for 3 months now and I haven’t noticed any difference in my teeth – they are still as shiny and white.
If you’re going to regular dental checkups, you will receive fluoride treatment anyway. Also, depending on where you live, there will be naturally occurring fluoride in your tap water anyway. That’s why I don’t see a point of using a toothpaste with fluoride on a daily basis.
3. Waterpik (water flosser)
Flossing was a huge problem for me until most recently. I floss my teeth every day and I happen to have pretty tightly spaced teeth. As a result, it is extremely difficult for me to get ALL of the food particles stuck in between my teeth in one go, even with floss. Another problem is that my gums tend to bleed a lot.
Since January, I started using a Waterpik and I am extremely happy with the results. I chose the portable option in case I want to travel with it (but I doubt I will).
This machine basically sprays water through a small tube at a high pressure point, forcing food particles out between your teeth. You then rinse your mouth with the water. It’s pretty ingenious.
The only downside is that it is a bit difficult to use at first. Still, I manage to make a mess most days. However, it’s just water, so it’s no big deal.
Second, as I mentioned, my teeth are quite tightly spaced. Sometimes, the Waterpik just can’t remove food from some really difficult spaces. For me that’s acceptable. I would say the Waterpik removes about 95% of the food stuck between my teeth, and that’s already pretty good. I can still use a toothpick or traditional floss to get the really tough bits out.
4. Mouthwash tablets
Mouthwash does wonders. It helps to freshen your breath and kill bacteria that causes cavities. I usually use mouthwash once in the morning and once at night.
The downside to mouthwash is that it is liquid and comes in a bottle. This means lots of plastic waste. Not to mention difficulty traveling with the product!
However, I’ve just found the perfect solution!
These mouthwash tablets are so simple to use! All you have to do is fill a cup with 20mL (4 teaspoons) of water. Then, just drop the tablet in and you’re good to go. The tablet will dissolve into a mix. I use warm water just so the tablet dissolves quicker and I prefer to rinse my teeth in warm water.
These tablets are so practical, you can bring them with you on the go without worrying about spills!
5. Tongue scraper
Bacteria builds up on your tongue over time which causes bad breath. That’s why sometimes your tongue looks white or yellowy instead of a nice pinkish color. The easiest way to get rid of this bacteria is by using a tongue scraper.
I have been using the Dr. Tung’s metal tongue scraper for over 5 years and I love it! It works great! It’s made of metal and does the job! I can’t go a day without scraping my tongue. My entire mouth feels fresher after I scrape my tongue.
A word of caution: don’t scrape too hard or you might cause your tongue to bleed. This has happened to me a few times.
We can each do our part in reducing waste and saving our planet. In this article, I discussed 5 items I use in my daily dental routine that is 100% zero waste and good for the environment!
I hope that I inspired a few of you to do the same!
Is there anything I forgot? Do you have any other recommendations? I’d love to hear!
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