If you move in environmentally conscious circles and read environmentally minded blogs, you may have heard about how bad dental floss and plastic toothbrushes are for the environment. But neglecting your teeth isn't eco-friendly or healthy in any way, so you can't just ignore the problem by avoiding these products. Instead, you need to look for better options.
Try these four dental care products that can green your oral hygiene routine without undercutting its effectiveness.
1. Silk or Bamboo Dental Floss
While silk isn't considered a vegan or cruelty-free product, it is completely biodegradable and nonpetroleum-based, which is more than can be said for typical nylon dental floss. And you can find several silk-based dental floss products on the market today that also use beeswax or even plant-based wax rather than petroleum-based coatings.
If you're looking for a product that's vegan as well, a bamboo-based non-silk floss may be right for you.
2. Efficient or Recyclable Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes may not seem very eco-friendly because they're made of plastic, require batteries, and use electric power on a daily basis. But they're much more effective at tooth cleaning than manual brushes, and you can mitigate their environmental effects by careful shopping.
The more efficient your electric toothbrush is, the less electricity it will use. So if you choose an option that only needs to be charged a couple of times per year and rarely needs replacement heads, that's an improvement. Or if you buy one that uses wind-up power rather than battery power, that's even better. Watch for toothbrushes with recyclable parts as well.
3. Eco Toothpaste With Fluoride
Don't go against your dentist's recommendations by choosing a toothpaste that's fluoride-free. However, even without eschewing fluoride, you can shop consciously to reduce your toothpaste's environmental footprint. This could include buying from an environmentally minded company that gives back to the earth on a regular basis. You can also look for toothpaste that offers:
- Zero waste (or minimal waste) packaging
- Recyclable tubes
- Natural ingredients
- Sodium laurel sulfate-free formulation
- No preservatives
You can find plenty of products that provide one or more of these, although you may have a harder time finding one that combines all of them.
4. DIY Mouthwash With Essential Oils
Mouthwash is great for your mouth, but did you know that some mouthwashes use eco-friendly essential oils to kill bacteria? That's because some essential oils have highly effective antibacterial properties. Natural, environmentally conscious mouthwash products often use natural substances such as thyme oil and peppermint oil for this reason.
On the other hand, you don't need to go shopping to get eco-friendly mouthwash. You can greatly reduce the resources needed for your mouthwash by making your own DIY version with tap water, essential oils, and a little baking soda.
If you create your own mouthwash, you don't have to use a disposable container or synthetic chemicals; you can use a refillable glass jar. And because you're using your own water, you avoid shipping all that liquid hundreds or thousands of miles from a factory to your local store.
These options offer you the ability to shop intelligently for eco-conscious dental care products. However, don't try to substitute a DIY or eco toothpaste or mouthwash if you're currently on a prescription product. Your dentist may have prescribed high-fluoride toothpaste because you're at high risk for tooth decay, for example.
Eaton Dental can help you navigate the confusing world of dental health and provide smart, actionable advice for home care in addition to high-quality professional dental work. To set up an appointment today, contact us on the phone or via our website.