Essential dental care products, like toothpaste or dental floss, are simple conveniences for a big part of the population around the world. But they come with a serious impact on the environment. It seems like most of them end up contributing to a growing landfill. The plastics production grows rapidly over the last years, being surpassed only by construction materials, such as steel and cement. Most noteworthy, packaging represents the largest market of plastics. The extensive use of single-use containers in the last decades makes up for a big part of the problem.
Therefore, more eco friendly alternatives to dental care products are available on the market lately, with less or even no impact on the environment. Given that the level of awareness for the impact that common products have on each individual’s health is rising, some brands took action and they are using only natural and organic ingredients in their products. Moreover, principles like producing zero waste or finding sustainable plastic free solutions are becoming valuable qualities of a brand.
While one of the urgent problems of the world is the extraordinary amount of plastics in the oceans, we should all think of our contribution to the matter. Even though small changes can seem like not much, compared to the quantities of plastics thrown by the entire humanity, we live in a world where changes can start by each individual. Make sure that the products you buy are made with ethics in mind. Share your beliefs and your journey with friends and family. The more people we convince that they can make a difference and the more people we share articles like this with, the more will make conscious choices when shopping. As a result, we can all contribute to making a better world.
Here is a quick list of sustainable alternative products for your dental care routine and where to buy them.
1. Compostable Toothbrush
Firstly, we shall talk about toothbrushes. Instead of the usual plastic handle, you can switch to a toothbrush made of bamboo or beech, with plant based or recycling nylon bristles. The handle is fully biodegradable so it can go straight into your compost, along with the fully biodegradable packaging.
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2. Natural Toothpaste
The Georganics natural toothpaste is designed to take care of your teeth and remineralize them naturally in the first place. The formula used is free of fluorice and glycerin, contains only organic and food-grade certified ingredients, and has high mineral components. It comes in a recyclable glass jar, with an aluminum lid and a compostable box. This is a PETA Cruelty-free & Vegan safe dental care product. It seems like their collection has something for everyone, whether you are looking for minty flavors or orange kid toothpaste.
3. Tooth Powder
Tiger Tooth plastic free tooth powder contains kaolin clay, which is low in abrasiveness and effective in polishing and removing stains. Also, add calcium phosphate in the mix – the teeth’s natural material, magnesium hydroxide – to help calcium phosphate do its job and naturally baking soda – cleaning agent. Then flavor it with a blend of the most freshening ingredients and certified organic non-GMO xylitol – a plant derived sugar, and you have your natural Tiger tooth powder. Just dip your wet toothbrush into the powder, brush normally, spit and rinse. It comes in a cute glass jar with a cork lid, perfect for your next refill.
4. Mouthwash Tablets
These mouthwash tablets are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients, with a fluoride, glycerin, and alcohol-free formula. First dissolve 1 tablet in 20 ml of water, gargle for about 30 seconds, spit out without rinsing and then you’re good to go. You can have them in various flavors such as spearmint, thyme, or eucalyptus.
5. Oil Pulling Mouthwash
Because oils have natural antiseptic and cleansing properties, they can work as efficient ingredients for dental care products. This natural blend of virgin coconut oil and organic essential oils is another eco friendly alternative for regular mouthwash. Take 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil, swish around your mouth for 5-20 minutes, and then spit out without rinsing.
6. Organic Dental Floss
This 100% zero waste dental floss is made from organic silk, candelilla plant wax, organic peppermint oil, and organic tea tree oil. It is 100% biodegradable and you’ll have enough for 60-90 days before your first refill. It comes in a glass jar with a metallic top. Above all, peace silk (nonviolent silk) stands for high social and environmental standards when it comes to the manufacturing process.
7. Natural Chewing Gum
The Georganics chewing gum is made from Chicle & Arabic Gum from the Sapodilla & Acacia Trees. Specifically flavored with Peppermint & Xylitol, will add freshness to your breath. After a meal, take one gum and chew it for about 20 minutes. Your mouth will produce saliva to wash away any bacterial acid that causes decay and then you can dispose it into a compostable waste. Correspondingly, these dental care gums come in an aluminum container, which is perfect for your next refill.
8. Plastic free Toothbrush Travel Cases
This travel case is very light because it is made from 100% real whole bamboo stalks, with no plastic parts. Therefore it is 100% biodegradable. You will find it available in 2 sizes, for kids and adults. Each case has a small air hole to release moisture. Bamboo has antibacterial properties naturally, so it will keep your toothbrush safe and clean while helping you avoid plastics. Needless to say that the packaging is recyclable, made from recycled materials in the first place.
9. Natural Toothsoap
The Georganics 100% natural dental care tooth soap is made from non-toxic ingredients, flavored with organic peppermint essential oil. First rub your wet toothbrush onto the soap in circular motions, brush normally for 2 minutes then rinse well. The glycerine free formula will allow your teeth to absorb nutrients and to naturally remineralize.
10. Plastic Free Tongue Scraper
Lastly, this antibacterial tongue scraper is here to stay, made from solid thick copper with copper handles. Surely it is designed to last a lifetime. Use it twice a day, after brushing and flossing your teeth. It will remove bacteria and toxins from the tongue, significantly enhance the sense of taste and give you better breath and healthier gums.
Given these points, have you tried any of the above mentioned eco friendly dental care products already? Share with us your experience and help people all around the world make their green choice.