Small changes can add up to big differences – especially when making positive changes to daily routines. I’ve modified my brushing and flossing habit to being nearly zero waste. And, I actually prefer my eco dental care to my previous conventional habits.
My quest for eco dental care started with replacing wasteful plastic tubes of toothpaste with my own homemade tooth powder. You’ll find my simple recipe below. It tastes pretty salty (and minty), but I’ve come to prefer it over commercial toothpastes. If you’re skeptical of my recipe, I’d recommend searching the Internet for other recipes, but I’d discourage any toothpastes with coconut oil as they tend to block drains and pipes.
It only made sense to replace my plastic toothbrush and with a compostable bamboo brush. I love my Brush with Bamboo toothbrush. Yes, it’s pretty, but it’s also as good as or better than any other toothbrush I’ve used. At the end of its life, I cut the nylon bristles off and either compost it or use it as a plant marker. I also like that the product packaging is recyclable.
I know some zero waste advocates who replace floss with a gum stimulator, but flossing is a habit I’m not willing to give up. I did land on Eco-Dent GentleFloss that comes in a recyclable box, which is a nice alternative to wasteful plastic packaging. There is a small plastic seal on the cardboard box, an itty bitty amount of plastic wrapping covering the floss, and a tiny plastic spool. The amount of plastic is minimal compared to conventional floss. As with my toothbrush, I think this floss is a superior product. It doesn’t break or fray and does the job it’s supposed to. The floss is made from nylon, so unfortunately it can’t be composted and must be tossed in the garbage. Not perfect, but I can live with it.
My eco dental care wouldn’t be complete without my stainless steel tongue cleaner. This product does come packaged in a small plastic bag, but considering I’ll probably never need to replace it, I’m not too concerned. And it’s far superior to its plastic counterparts.
Don’t discard the importance of small changes. Using eco dental care to clean your teeth can leave us with a cleaner planet.
P.S. I’m not an affiliate to any of the companies I recommend, I just happen to like them. Also, The Bare Necessities started a petition to ban the use of plastic packaging for organic produce. Go sign it!
- 4 tablespoon baking soda
- 4 teaspoon sea salt
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil