How to Have an Environmentally Friendly Dental Routine

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Do you care for the environment? If so, there are things you can do to have an environmentally friendly dental routine! Some of those things are:

-Turn off the tap: There is no need to have the tap running while you brush your teeth. So, to save water, turn the tap off after you soak your brush.

-Recycle your toothbrush: After you’ve used your toothbrush for three to four months, it’s time to replace it. But, instead of throwing your brush in the trash, try using it for something else. For example, you can use your worn-out toothbrush to clean the toilet, clean your computer keyboard, or paint a small object.

-Say no to microbeads: Some toothpaste brands add microbeads to the product to make it sparkle. Even though this may seem like a cool characteristic, it can cause serious ecological damage. When these beads are washed down the drain, they flow into rivers and lakes. Then, fish and other animals mistake these beads for food. If they eat the beads, it can kill them. So, it’s best to avoid using a paste that has polyethylene.

-Consider using compostable tools: Instead of using oral hygiene tools that pile up in landfills when you’re done using them, you can use biodegradable tools. Some preferred tools to use include those that are made of silk, corn-based plastic, wood, and bamboo.

If you have any questions about how to have a green oral hygiene routine in Calgary, Alberta, please call our office at 403.229.0510. Your dentist, Dr. Nathalie Dowsett, and our friendly Dowsett Dental Health dental team are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!