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Dr. Alan Kwong Hing

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How to go green with your dental care

Dental offices aren’t known for their green efficiency. Due to health and safety regulations, many dental office practices are not as green as we wish they could be.

This means we are continually looking for ways to help our eco-footprint. One of those ways by educating our patients on how they can also reduce their environmental impact surrounding their at-home dental care. Here are our thoughts for you.

How to go green with your dental care:

 
 

Start with Water

Your journey into being more eco-aware can start with the simplest gesture of turning off the tap when not in use while brushing your teeth and even washing your face.

To take it one-step further, swap out plastic water bottles with a reusable water bottle. Take the time and find a water bottle that you love. The result may be that you find you are drinking more water because of it, which is a bonus in staying hydrated and good for your overall oral hygiene.

 
 

Recycle Appropriately

Recycling and dental health, how can that possibly go together? Well, think about how you get your toothpaste.

Not only is toothpaste stored in a plastic tube, but most toothpaste also comes in a box. Make sure that you aren't taking the short cut and just throwing that box in your bathroom garbage. Instead, make sure it is correctly disposed of in the paper waste once your toothpaste is empty check how to dispose of it properly.

Same goes for things like floss, which is mostly packaged in a plastic container. Skip the regular garbage and pop it in with the plastics.

 
 

Buy Eco-Friendly

There are so many new eco-friendly options out there for oral hygiene. From bamboo toothbrushes to floss that comes in cardboard boxes, making the green choice couldn't be easier.

You can even try some eco-friendly toothpaste options like powder, which we outline more in our toothpaste blog.

 
 

Other Ways to Go Green in the Bathroom

  • Buy only recycled toilet paper (and paper towel).

  • Buy soaps in bulk and use refillable dispensers. Also, look for ones that use eco-friendly packaging.

  • Use eco-friendly cleaners.

  • Use a low flow shower head and a water-efficient toilet. (dual-flush or low-flow toilet ).

  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs.

How are you going green at home?

Kortney Kwong Hing