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6 Great Oral Health Tips that Are Also Earth Friendly

Posted on 5/25/2016 by Janie Bell
A woman rinsing her mouth out with saltwater to protect her oral health.People are becoming more environmentally conscious than ever, and this can extend to the way that we take care of our teeth.

Fortunately, if you want to reduce your environmental impact, there are ways that you can do so while you ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth.

Be Conscious of How Much Water You Are Using
Many people have the bad habit of letting the water run while they are brushing their teeth. By turning off the faucet while you are brushing, you'll still get your teeth cleaned, but you'll do so while saving a ton of water.

Use a Saltwater Rinse

If you are looking for an eco-friendly way to rinse out your mouth in order to fight bacteria, consider a warm, saltwater rinse. This can help to rid your mouth of germs and bacteria, and it is natural and inexpensive.

Choose Recyclable Toothbrushes

Your toothbrush will last about three months, meaning that you'll go through a lot of them throughout your lifetime. Choosing one that is recyclable or compostable can be extremely beneficial to the environment and will reduce your waste.

Use a Stainless Steel Tongue Scraper

If you use a tongue scraper to clean off your tongue, choose a stainless steel option that can be used over again. One use scrapers can produce a lot of waste.

Choose Organic Foods
Raw fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial for your oral health, and choosing organic will be the best option for the earth. As an added benefit, you'll enjoy clean and healthy teeth.

Consider Your Floss Options

You won't be able to recycle dental floss, but if you are concerned about your waste, consider a compostable floss pick.

Do you have additional questions about how you can better care for your mouth while caring for the environment? Contact our office today.
D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Family Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
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