It’s #EarthDay 2018 and as an oral health professional, I want to encourage you to make your oral hygiene routine more environmentally-friendly.
Choose biodegradable self-care products. We have a multitude of antiseptic mouth rinses and other anti-life agents that wind up going down the drain and into our soil, killing the good bacteria that living soil needs to produce our food. There are many natural types of mouthwash that are not only better for your oral health routines but are also environmentally-sound.
We have a number of natural toothpaste to choose from since the 70s, when Tom’s of Maine began producing oral health care products, that are free of animal testing, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Know what the ingredients are in your toothpaste before you buy them.
When I ask patients what toothpastes they use, I shudder in horror when I hear the brands named that I know contain Triclosan, which is a pesticide. Of course, it is toxic to your body and the earth when it spits out of your mouth into the sink and washed down the drain. Not only should you look for a natural toothpaste that is biodegradable, but goes the extra step to support oral health care product lines that provide recyclable packaging. This includes your string dental flosses.
Oral irrigation flossers are much more effective for washing away the bad bacteria between your teeth, and they also eliminate the waste of running water while you clean your mouth cavity.
Our mouth needs to be nourished. There are 10 times more bacteria than there are human cells in our body. We need to respect them. Select all natural products that respect your microbiome - or the multitude of microorganisms that help us stay healthy.
Just like we have only one planet that sustains human life, we have only one body, so choose wisely, to do your part to produce harmony between you and Mother Earth. -Dr. Sanda Moldovan