Zero Waste Dental Care - 6 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Fresh & Clean

Thursday, 12 August 2021  |  Admin

Zero Waste Dental Care - 6 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Fresh & Clean

Zero Waste Dental Care - 6 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Fresh & Clean

A Guide to Zero Waste Dental Care Routine

In a world where we are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, many people are ditching plastic products for their sustainable counterparts, as the huge issues with plastic waste become more obvious. This is great news for the environment, but what does it mean for our mouths and our oral hygiene? Our teeth can't be healthy without proper oral care! Here are six ways to keep your mouth fresh and clean when you're going plastic-free, and the great news is dental products is a very easy switch to go plastic free and natural!

Introduce The Two-Minute Rule to your Dental Care Routine

There are several simple steps you can take to promote good oral hygiene when using natural plastic-free products. The first is brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day with the right amount of toothpaste (a pea-size - don't waste toothpaste). We would also advise ditching the plastic toothpaste tubes and switching to something like toothpaste tablets. We have a wide range of vegan toothpaste tablets and vegan sls free toothpaste and natural moutwash tabs, which include fluoride and fluoride free options, they also come in plastic free containers unlike the single-use plastic containers regular mouthwash and toothpaste tubes comes in. The huge benefit of tabs over paste is you don't waste any! No more leaking paste all over your travel bag... yeah we've all been there...

Also ditch the plastic toothbrushes! Plastic toothbrushes don't break down for over 500 years so they are definitely something to avoid. You have to change your plastic toothbrush every 3 months... you can do the maths and work out how many of your plastic toothbrushes are now sitting in landfill, not biodegrading. Switching to a eco friendly toothbrush in your dental care routine usually means a bamboo toothbrush with activated charcoal and this breaks down in a few months - big difference! Of course don't swap just yet, make sure you use everything up in your cupboards before making that leap, zero waste means using up everything you have on hand first before making those zero waste lifestyle swaps!

Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth, to conserve water! Going zero waste also means caring about our planets natural resources such as water.

In-Shower Mouthwash

Another way to keep your mouth clean is by using a rinse that's made before you shower. You can mix up saltwater and swish it around in your mouth for thirty seconds before spitting it out, or just use water mixed with baking soda (a teaspoon per litre). After the shower, you can use a toothbrush to remove any remaining plaque and bacteria. Another eco vegan alternative is to use mouthwash tablets which are zero waste, natural and lovely and minty!

Staying Hydrated

Keeping your mouth fresh starts with water! Drinking enough of it ensures that the saliva in your mouth is healthy, which naturally reduces inflammation and cavities. Try drinking around eight ounces or a glass per day (or more if you exercise every day). Of course, drink from a glass or a reusable bottle, avoid single-use plastic bottles!

Brushing Your Tongue

Doing so not only removes bacteria but also freshens your breath! It's recommended that you brush your tongue twice a day. This can be done before brushing teeth in the morning and after eating dinner at night.

Use the Correct Brush Size

You should be brushing your teeth twice a day with the correct size brush. You can tell what to use by looking at how long it is: short brushes are for kids, medium brushes are for adults, and longer ones (known as "neck") are designed specifically for back molars. There is a wide range of eco-friendly brushes in all sizes and with all levels of bristle firmness. Look for a toothbrush that is completely biodegradable like wood or cornstarch, a bamboo toothbrush or beech wood toothbrush is perfect for zero waste dental care. Also, ensure the bristles are made from biodegradable nylon or activated charcoal bamboo, another factor to consider if you want plastic free dental products and something which is often overlooked.

Use An Eco Floss

It's also important to floss every day and use mouthwash or saltwater rinses. If you're using plastic dental floss, consider switching to an eco-friendly dental floss option such as silk or cotton. Make sure the floss comes in a non-plastic box, like a glass jar or biodegradable packaging. Also, ensure the floss is natural and biodegradable. Using floss as part of your dental routine is important for lots of reasons, mainly to help get rid of plaque build up and to reach so hard to reach places where toothbrushes fail to get to.

If you are looking for a way to keep your mouth fresh and clean without the use of plastic, there are plenty of options available. The 6 tips we've provided should give you some ideas on how to do so in an environmentally friendly manner that still promotes good oral hygiene. If all this sounds too difficult or overwhelming, let our team know! We specialise in finding eco-conscious products such as sustainable dental care like zero waste toothbrushes and bamboo flossers. What other ways have you found for keeping your teeth healthy while going green?
 

Next read about Natural Dental Health - Simple Steps for a Healthy Smile

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