A Sustainable Tooth Care Routine  and Zero Waste Dental Hygiene Tips

A Sustainable Tooth Care Routine and Zero Waste Dental Hygiene Tips

Zero waste is a philosophy that you live your life without wasting anything. Every material that makes up the items that you use are recyclable. You can reuse them in some capacity later. This might be difficult to achieve for some people because they're not aware of whether or not the materials in the items they use are biodegradable or recyclable. Some methods and materials may advertise as being zero-waste but may actually use methods that add to the carbon footprint after all. To ensure you have a sustainable and zero waste  tooth care routine, see our following tips

1. Use Organic Toothpaste in glass jars or recyclable plastic jars.

At the very heart of your tooth care routine is brushing your teeth. The toothpaste that you choose is essential to living in a sustainable way. A lot of pastes use chemicals that can damage your plumbing and the environment over time. You don't need harsh chemicals in order to have fresh breath and clean teeth.  Also, having your toothpaste and Mouthwash offer “extra” benefits will reduce  overall consumption.

Choose a toothpaste that has natural ingredients without any fillers and preservatives.  They're gentle on your teeth. That makes them a great choice for those who have sensitive teeth as well. The best aspect of naturally made paste that is that it can be broken down by nature and reused again. That's exactly at the heart of zero-waste philosophy and sustainability.

Lucky teeth’s Organic toothpaste can also be used for a toothache, bleeding and swollen gums.  To get the extra benefits brush as regular at night and then cover affected area with paste and leave until is absorbed in the mouth.  Repeat if necessary the next day.   It will only take one day to start seeing the improvements .  

Packaging of should be refillable, reusable or recyclable.

If you are up for it and/or are in a budget, try making your own organic toothpaste, recipe here  ! 

2. Use Organic Mouthwash in glass jars or recyclable plastic jars.

Another important step of your daily tooth care routine is rinsing with mouthwash. Wash can be a great way to ensure every particle of food and bacteria is rinsed away. Some offer whitening properties as well. After gargling with a wash, your mouth smells great and likely feels great.

However, the wash that you're using may not be sustainable. It may use practices during its manufacturing that add to climate change.  

Lucky Teeth Mouthwash is completely safe for your mouth and doesn't harm the local environment when it's dumped down the drain.   Not only makes your mouth feel great, also works healing your gums as washes away bacteria.   

Our mouthwash is also a great addition to your medicinal cabinet.  Helps with sore throats, tongue blisters, swollen and bleeding gums.  After brushing swirl a good amount for as long as you can then spit out in sink.  Do not eat or drink anything 15 minutes after.  Gargle as many times as you want as soon as a sore throat stars.  

Packaging of should be refillable, reusable or recyclable.

 

3.  Use a Biodegradable Floss

 Flossing is extremely important in your oral care routine to avoid pumping bacteria stored n the teeth to our bloodstream.

There are many options out there:  water flosser, vegan floss, silk floss, bamboo interdental brushes, PLA corn picks.  It is important that options are refillable or easy to compost.  Instead of chucking away an entire unit, you only need to buy a smaller unit that can then be used up over time. 

4.  Brush with Bamboo

Bamboo toothbrushes come from bamboo, a plant that rapidly grows and reproduces.  The handle can be reuse or recycled very easily.  Taking care of your bristles will increase the life spam of it.  Disinfect regularly, brush gently from bottom to top and from top to bottom-pretend you are sweeping your teeth.   If your bristles open to the sides you are applying too much pressure and can damage the enamel of your teeth.  

5. Scrape your tongue with Stainless steel or copper scrapers. 

Tongue scrapping can reduce or even eliminate bad breath, making you reduce the need for mints, gums, breath refreshers and all these little things that cause more waste.  Make sure is plastic free.

Practice Sustainability

Protecting the environment means adding sustainable practices in every aspect of your life. It's important to be able to reuse the materials, so they don't have to be manufactured again. Include these aspects into your tooth care routine and enjoy knowing that you're doing your part to protect the world's climate.

 

Tell us what other zero waste tips are a staple at your home, would love to hear from you ! 

Clara Botero

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