How To Be More Eco-Friendly While Brushing Your Teeth!


Last year saw interest in being eco-friendly and protecting the environment reach an all-time high, with a serious crackdown on single-use plastic getting underway… and 2019 will certainly be no different.

There are all sorts of ways you can help to reduce your impact on the planet and if that’s one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, what about looking at how you brush your teeth and see if there are any improvements you could make that will help us protect our natural resources?

The next time you’re in the bathroom brushing away, whether in the morning or as you’re getting ready for bed, look to see if you’ve left the tap running. They say that water will become the world’s most precious commodity, even above oil, by the year 2030 so doing all you can to look after it and not waste it is a great idea. Wet the head of your brush but turn the water off at the tap while you brush to safeguard our water supplies.

Take a look at the brush you’re using… is it single-use plastic? Greenpeace stats show that the world has produced 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics since the 50s, which is enough to cover the entirety of the UK ankle deep more than ten times over. If you don’t have to contribute to this problem, should you? There are some easy switches you can make that will help reduce demand for plastic and therefore, reducing the amount being chucked away and sent to landfill.

These days, you can buy bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic so you can be eco-friendly in this way with ease. The bristles will still be plastic but you do need to make sure that you’re cleaning your teeth effectively while being environmentally-minded at the same time.

Do you use mouthwash after you brush your teeth? The school of thought where this is concerned is that the wash does little to improve the cleanliness of your mouth and, in fact, can actually make your tooth-brushing less effective because you’re swilling out the fluoride in the toothpaste, which is what protects the enamel of your teeth. Stop buying mouthwash and that’s one less bottle being sent to landfill in China.

And what about that electric toothbrush of yours… do you really need it? Think about the extra energy required to power your toothbrush when you could just be exercising your arm instead. You may get a deep clean with this kind of brush but you can be just as effective with a manual one if you take a little bit of extra care when you brush in the morning and at night.

For any further help or advice relating to your oral hygiene, get in touch with Guildford dentists Austen Road Dental today.