Guide to Environmentally Friendly Dental Care
Saturday, 5 March 2022 | Admin
A guide to keeping your teeth clean with eco, vegan, natural dental care products! Eco friendly oral care has advanced dramatically in recent years as consumers are demanding more plastic free options in their oral hygiene routine.
It's easy to see that a major source of consumer plastic waste comes from the bathroom, where not just the plastic packaging surrounding the products cause waste, but also the products themselves end up as plastic waste - like toothbrushes. The good thing about dental health is that it's a very easy area in which we can switch to zero waste, without too much hassle on our part.
Looking for a way to keep your teeth clean and healthy without resorting to harsh chemicals or animal products? Check out these tips for environmentally friendly dental care!
Choose Eco-friendly Toothpaste
There are a number of great, all-natural zero waste toothpastes on the market that are both effective and environmentally friendly. You have several options from ditching the plastic tubes but staying with toothpaste to switching to toothpaste tablets. The problem with conventional toothpaste is that most come in tubes which are very difficult if not impossible to recycle. Whilst more eco friendly brands are beginning to launch recyclable aluminum tube toothpaste, not all of it is cruelty free.
Ben & Anna have a wide range of natural vegan tooth paste available in glass jars. The toothpaste is also fluoride free and uses Bentonite clay as the main cleaning agent. They do have fluoride options as well for those who want to have fluoride in there toothpaste.
Toothpaste tablets are another great option that come in a cardboard box or metal tin. The tablets are made with natural ingredients like xylitol, calcium carbonate, and baking soda. They are also vegan and gluten-free!
There are lots of great dental brands in this are now from Georganics, to Truthbrush, Denttabs, Ben and Anna and Eco Living. Whether you choose to go fluoride free or include fluoride in your oral care routine there is a wide range available from activated charcoal to the traditional peppermint flavours.
When it comes time to replace your toothbrush, make sure you choose an eco-friendly option as a plastic toothbrush is one of the most wasteful dental products around! If you think of all the plastic toothbrushes you have used over the years, most are still sitting in landfill and will do for the next 500 years. An eco friendly toothbrush will usually compost in 6-12 months depending on the eco friendly material is is made from.
Sustainable toothbrushes are just as good for our oral health as plastic toothbrushes, not only will a bamboo toothbrush break down itself, it usually comes in compostable packaging making it easy to have an eco friendly dental routine.
There are a number of great options on the market made with biodegradable materials like bamboo or recycled plastics or even biodegradable cornstarch. Bamboo toothbrushes are well known but there are a wide range of wooden options and some which are just a lot more comfortable and easy to use compared to others.
No matter what type of toothbrush to use, it's important that you recycle it correctly and look at the type of bristles the head is made from. Whilst this is easier for those using a manual toothbrush compared to an electric option, there are new recyclable electric toothbrushes coming onto the market.
Replace your floss with Eco Floss Alternatives
As part of your oral care routine you might floss frequently, did you know that most dental floss is plastic? We all want to maintain our gum line and have fresh breath and thankfully now there are loads of eco dental floss options from silk in a glass jar to plant based vegan options.
Hemp is a great, biodegradable alternative to traditional dental floss. It’s strong, durable and doesn’t fray like other materials so it won’t damage your teeth or gums. It also comes in a range of colors and is vegan-friendly!
Another great option for those looking for environmentally friendly dental floss is bamboo. This type of floss is made from biodegradable bamboo fibres and is compostable. It’s also gentle on your teeth and gums!
Use Sustainable Mouthwash Tablets
Most mouthwashes are packed full of harmful chemicals and ingredients that can be toxic to both humans and aquatic life! There are a number of great, all-natural alternatives to traditional mouthwash. You can make your own mouthwash with ingredients like essential oils, water and baking soda or choose an eco-friendly option like Biotene that’s made from natural extracts and herbs.
Another great option for those looking for a sustainable, all-natural mouthwash is to use Mouthwash tablets. These tablets are made with Xylitol, a natural sweetener, and are vegan and gluten-free. They come in a cardboard box or metal tin and are biodegradable!
So there really is no excuse now not to have a clean environment friendly dentistry regime! With all these options out there it has never been easier. And you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are doing
The Bottom Line on Eco Friendly Oral Care
Going plastic-free in oral hygiene has never been easier than it is today. A few years ago if you wanted zero waste oral health your only real option was to make your own bamboo toothbrushes. Now, there are some amazing brands that have brought out eco-friendly options for every section of your oral care routine, most of which are also cruelty-free and vegan.
The western world is aware that global warming is now in crisis mode. We all have to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our environmental impact. Brands like truthbrush, georganics have meant now there are many great alternatives to commercial toothpastes which will reduce waste and put less toxins into your mouth!
Sustainability in oral care products means you can continue flossing regularly but still be plastic free and zero waste! So less packaging but still keep your lovely pearly whites and dentists happy - yes please! If you are interested in more sustainable living tips then check out our top 10 tips to go green in your bathroom!