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How to have a greener dental routine

Incorporate these tips into your daily life to enjoy a healthier mouth and planet.

Save water

There’s no need to run water if it isn’t being used. After you’ve wet your brush, conserve water by turning off the tap and using a cup of water to swish.

Upcycle your toothbrush

After three months, it’s time to replace your toothbrush. Rather than adding it to a landfill, consider giving your toothbrush a new function, like keyboard cleaner, sneaker scrubber or paintbrush.

Consider compostable and recyclable materials

Your daily dental tools don’t have to pile up in a landfill. Avoid disposable cups and consider switching to toothbrushes and floss made of biodegradable materials, such as silk, corn-based plastic, wood and bamboo. Some toothpaste companies even offer their product in tablet or powder form to try and reduce single-use plastic tubes.

Last updated March 16, 2022

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The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.