My Eco-Friendly Dental Hygiene Routine
Everyone has a dental hygiene routine. It’s something we do multiple times a day, probably without thinking about it. But what if I told you that our pursuit of pearly whites is hurting the environment?
The average person in the United States will use more than 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime, most made of plastic and not biodegradable. Think about how many toothbrushes that is for every person in your neighborhood…. in your city…. in the world. That’s a whole of lot of toothbrushes destined to rot in a landfill! And don’t even get me started on mouthwash, dental floss and toothpaste. With the norm of plastic in virtually every step of our dental routine, are eco-friendly options even available???
Keep reading to learn how easy changes can take your dental hygiene from wasteful to sustainable! New to A State of Ruin? Click HERE to learn how to ease into a sustainable lifestyle with 5 Simple Ways to Go Green.
Finding an eco-friendly toothbrush was the first hurtle Dakota and I tackled when changing our wasteful bedtime routines. There were a surprising number of options available but we first stumbled upon Brush with Bamboo. We liked their dedication to produce an eco-friendly, bamboo toothbrush and how much information they had on their product. However, we didn’t love that Brush with Bamboo only offers one type of toothbrush and the bristles are annoyingly soft. As an avid fan of “Medium” traditional toothbrushes, this drove me crazy. I felt like I was always scrubbing my teeth extra hard to make up for the soft head and messing up the bristles.
Recently we have been trying out Humble Brushes (Disclosure: Humble Co. sent us a few toothbrushes to sample. This does not affect my opinion). They share some similar features with Brush with Bamboo. Both use Moso Bamboo for their products, both produce their items in China (with each company specifying good/fair working conditions for Chinese employees). But Humble Brush offers a variety of toothbrushes, including my coveted MEDIUM bristles!!! *Humble Brushes will have “Medium” Toothbrushes available to the USA in a few weeks, but for now you can purchase a 4-set of Medium Toothbrushes on Amazon.* Plus, every purchase of a Humble Brush goes to providing oral care for children in need. Win, win!
Click HERE to order some today!
I recently ordered a few spools of Dental Lace to try out and Dakota and I are obsessed! It was the most eco-friendly (though not vegan) alternative to regular plastic floss I could find.
Made with 100% silk and coated in Candelilla Wax, a plant-based wax, Dental Lace is the perfect eco-friendly alternative. Your first order comes in a small, refillable glass vial and any refill spools purchased afterwards are shipped in a small, bio-based plastic bag that you can pop right in your glass vial! We loved that is was refillable and contained ZERO plastic. Jodi, the owner and founder of Dental Lace is currently working to the Dental Lace officially approved for composting. Woo hoo!
Click HERE to order some today!
We use David’s Natural Toothpaste in our home. We love that it’s ingredients are grown in the U.S.A and it is produced here as well. Find companies that source and produce in your country not only supports the economy but also cuts down on transportation pollution. Plus, it is one of the FEW toothpastes we could find that did not have a plastic tube. David’s toothpaste tube is metal and 100% recyclable. Dakota and I always purchase half a dozen at a time, ensuring we always have some in stock and cutting down on packaging waste.
Click HERE to purchase!
I are just started experimenting with DIY mouthwashes as an effort to find a more sustainable alternative to our classic store-bought mouthwash. After finding a few recipes on homemade mouthwashes from the blog, Frugally Sustainable, we settled on Frugally Sustainable’s “Basic Mouthwash” recipe as it required only a few ingredients. Check it out below.
1 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 drops peppermint essential oils.
Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Store on bathroom counter.
These simple switches can have BIG impacts! There are many sustainable alternatives to traditional, wasteful dental hygiene products. Choose one that works for you and make the switch to sustainable products today!
As always, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @state_of_ruin and subscribe to my newsletter to get more sustainable goodies sent right to your inbox!
Note: I do not have any medical credentials. Consult your dentist if you have any questions regarding the health safety of any products or recipes mentioned in this post.