Good at-home dental care is important for your personal oral health, but it's certainly not going to save the world...or is it? The following tips canÂ make those four daily minutesÂ a muchÂ earth-friendlier practice:
1. Right tighty. Turn that faucet to the off position during brushing and only use water whenever necessary. You'll be saving 8,760 gallons of water per year, or almost half of an average swimming pool's capacity.
2. Nix the Dixie cups. There's really no reason to use disposable cups for rinsing your mouth after brushing. Reusable glass or BPA-free plastic cupsÂ canÂ beÂ just as convenient, and can be easily rinsed or washed after each brushing. You'll save money, trash bags, trips to the drug store, and the environment by choosing a non-disposable cup.
3. MakeÂ some Lister-Green. Commercial mouthwashes not only contain artificial flavors and dyes, but they come in earth-unfriendly plastic and can be hard on the wallet when bought on a regular basis. Use the following recipe to make your own wash that whitens teeth, fights bad breath, and kills germs to boot:
Ingredients needed: baking soda, 3% hydrogen peroxide, water
1 cup water.
Â½ tsp of baking soda
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Stir until the baking soda dissolves. Pour the mouthwash into a clean glass bottle or jar and use as you would a regular mouthwash.
4. Use a planet-friendly paste. Dr. Sharp Fluoride-Free ToothpastesÂ are vegan, made with certified organic ingredients,Â sweetened with stevia, and not tested on animals. They contain no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, or alcohol. The boxes are recyclable and sustainably manufactured,Â printed with soy ink.