Have you made changes in your daily routine in order to be more eco-conscious? If so, you might be wondering how you can practice being ecologically aware during your morning routine. Here are three tips to transition to more eco-conscious dental hygiene.
1. Make Your Own Oral Rinse
Unless you have existing dental health issues, there’s no reason you can’t use a homemade oral rinse. You can make one up easily using baking soda and apple cider vinegar and water. Use filtered water and add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it up and swoosh around your mouth, being careful not to swallow before you spit it out.
2. Don’t Leave the Water Running
For some reason, many people leave the water running while they brush their teeth. This wastes many gallons of water over the course of a day or two. Instead, wet your toothbrush, and turn the water off. Turn the faucet back on again only as much as you need to wet your toothbrush again. This will save water and only takes a small effort.
3. Use a Bamboo Toothbrush
Bamboo is a sustainable material that is being used more often. One new product to try is a bamboo toothbrush. The handle is made from bamboo, which is very similar to wood. Bamboo toothbrushes won’t hurt the environment like plastic toothbrushes, and they have the added benefit of looking very chic.
4. Choose A Local Dentist
Choosing a dentist that is near you will help reduce your carbon footprint when traveling to and from the dentist. On the other hand, choosing a dentist office even just an hour away would result in more gas emissions than one that is much closer.
5. Eat a Whole Foods Diet
Surprisingly, another way that you can have more eco-conscious dental hygiene is to simply eat a whole foods diet. By avoiding processed foods and sugar additives, you’ll enjoy fewer cavities and have fewer restorative dental needs. This will result in less time spent going to and from the dentist, and the whole impact of your dental needs on the environment will be reduced.
These are five easy ways to lessen your carbon footprint through your dental hygiene needs. For even more possibilities, consult with your dental professionals.