Sustainability has been a key word on many people’s lips for several years now and the movement shows no sign of slowing down. Sustainability is key to help slow the rate of climate change and ensure that we’re looking after our environment; from less plastic in the oceans to cleaner air. Many people are making conscious efforts to be more sustainable, including upping their recycling efforts or choosing less plastic packaging, and this can expand to cover your dental products too.

There are now many eco-friendly dental products on the market, from toothpaste and mouthwash to natural toothbrushes. If you’d like to make the switch to more environmentally friendly dental care but aren’t sure where to start, read on for our brief guide.

Natural toothpastes

These use natural ingredients such as charcoal, peppermint, tea tree oil and aloe vera to clean teeth and protect gums. If you’re looking for a way to naturally whiten teeth, look for toothpastes containing baking soda. It’s important to make sure that any natural toothpaste you buy still contains fluoride as this is essential to help fight cavities.

Bamboo toothbrushes

Our plastic toothbrushes end up sitting in a landfill, so when you consider that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, that’s a lot of waste building up. Try swapping plastic toothbrushes for a bamboo model; these come with nylon bristles and bamboo handles which will naturally biodegrade over time.

Mouthwash tablets

Many people use mouthwash for added protection and fresh breath, but again, those plastic bottles are heading straight to landfill. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, try mouthwash tablets instead of the traditional liquid. Many brands come in glass jars and they can be simply chewed without using water. Look for ingredients like bicarbonate of soda, activated charcoal and peppermint oil.

The right products are important for taking care of your teeth, but it’s essential to make regular trips to the dentist too. If you’re looking for a local dentist surgery in Sterling, get in touch with the team at the Riverside Dental Practice. We’re proud to offer a full range of services, including check ups, orthodontics, fillings, crowns and more. We also provide cosmetic dental services, including teeth whitening and veneers for the smile of your dreams. For more information or to book an appointment, give us a call on 01786 464 285, or visit our website.