When thinking about our dental hygiene and bathroom routine, we often forget about the amount of waste we’re creating. Between water consumption and harmful beauty products, the bathroom isn’t always an earth-friendly environment. In this article, we discuss a few of the most common areas of waste and how you can improve them. Read on to see just how well your bathroom shapes up!
While it seems so simple, many people don’t turn off the water when they brush their teeth. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to conserve on water. To eliminate wasting water while rinsing out your mouth, try using a cup instead of your hands.
Use an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush
Most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months, which can generate quite a bit of waste. There are several options for earth-friendly toothbrushes on the market today. Some of the most common materials replacing plastic include bamboo, aluminum, and beechwood.
Pay Attention to Your Products
According to the FDA, there is no significant evidence that suggests that antibacterial soap cleans any more thoroughly than regular soap and water. Many of these antibacterial soaps contain harmful ingredients like triclosan, which increases bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics. Ditch the antibacterial soap and stick with plain soap and water!
Use Reusable Containers
You can reduce your plastic consumption by using refillable containers. Oftentimes, you can find supersized hand soap intended to refill your individual container. This eliminates buying multiple small, plastic containers. Additionally, you can find travel-size containers to refill when you’re going on a trip, rather than buying travel-size soaps each time.
While we hope you’ll implement some of these helpful tips into your hygiene routine, at-home care isn’t enough to ward off cavities and decay. Ensure you’re attending your biannual professional cleanings regularly. Schedule your visit with Dental Solutions of Avon today!