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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Oral Care Routine

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Welcome to our Essential Sprays blog, where your well-being is at the core of our conversation!

I am Dr. Shane Cope, DDS, MSD, and today, I address a silent night-time struggle many faces: the interplay between dry mouth and sleep apnea.

This unwelcome duo disrupts sleep and impacts oral health. As we delve into this topic, we'll explore the prevalence of these conditions, their interconnectedness, and the solutions that Essential Sprays bring to your nightstand.

From switching to bamboo toothbrushes ...

From switching to bamboo toothbrushes to exploring the world of toothpaste tablets and silk dental floss, each step in this guide is designed to help you make choices that are kinder to our planet without compromising on oral health. I also touch on homemade dental care options and the importance of supporting sustainable brands. This article isn't just about products; it's a holistic approach to oral care that aligns with an environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Join me in exploring practical tips and mindful practices that can significantly reduce our ecological footprint, one toothbrush stroke at a time. Let's embark on this journey towards sustainability together, ensuring our smiles are not only healthy but also eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly Oral Care

In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards eco-friendly lifestyles, and oral care is no exception. Adopting an eco-friendly oral care routine not only benefits your health but also has a positive impact on the environment. Here are some tips and product recommendations to help you make your oral hygiene routine more sustainable.

1. Bamboo Toothbrushes

A simple switch from plastic to bamboo toothbrushes can make a huge difference. Bamboo is a sustainable material, biodegradable, and naturally antimicrobial. Unlike plastic brushes, bamboo toothbrushes don’t contribute to landfill waste, as they decompose naturally. Brands like Brush with Bamboo and The Humble Co. offer excellent bamboo toothbrushes.

2. Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste tubes are hard to recycle and often end up in landfills. Toothpaste tablets are a fantastic alternative. They come in glass jars or compostable packaging and eliminate the need for plastic tubes. Simply chew a tablet and brush as normal. Brands like Bite and Unpaste offer fluoride and fluoride-free options.

3. Silk Dental Floss

Traditional dental floss is usually made from nylon and comes in plastic containers. Opt for silk dental floss, which is biodegradable and typically comes in a refillable glass container. Eco-friendly brands like Dental Lace and Georganics offer silk floss with natural mint flavoring.

4. Eco-Friendly Mouthwash

Switch to mouthwashes that use natural ingredients and come in sustainable packaging. Many eco-friendly brands offer mouthwash in tablet form, which you dissolve in water, reducing plastic waste. Look for brands like Georganics and Hello Products.

5. Plastic-free toothpaste

If toothpaste tablets aren’t your thing, consider toothpaste in a jar or a recyclable tube. These toothpastes come with minimal packaging and are more environmentally friendly than traditional tubes. Brands like Davids and Ben & Anna offer natural toothpaste in recyclable packaging.

6. Sustainable Water Flossers

For those who prefer water flossers, choose options that are energy-efficient and made with sustainable materials. Water flossers are a great alternative to traditional floss, as they reduce waste and can be more effective. Look for brands with a commitment to sustainability.

7. DIY Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Consider making your toothpaste or mouthwash at home using natural ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils. Not only does this reduce packaging, but it also allows you to control the ingredients that go into your oral care products.

8. Compostable Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are often made of plastic. However, there are compostable options available made from bamboo and other biodegradable materials. These are great for cleaning your teeth while being kind to the environment.

9. Brushing Technique and Water Usage

An eco-friendly oral care routine isn’t just about the products you use; it’s also about how you use them. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth to save water. Also, ensure you’re brushing correctly and for the right amount of time to maintain oral health efficiently.

10. Support Sustainable Brands

Support brands that are committed to sustainability, not only in their products but also in their practices. Look for companies that use renewable energy, practice ethical sourcing, and give back to environmental causes.

11. Recycling and Disposal

Lastly, be mindful of how you dispose of your oral care products. Recycle packaging wherever possible, and consider composting biodegradable items.

Why Make the Switch?

Transitioning to an eco-friendly oral care routine is a small change that can have a significant impact. It reduces plastic waste, minimizes your carbon footprint, and promotes the use of natural, health-friendly ingredients. By making these changes, you contribute to a healthier planet and a more sustainable future.


Creating an eco-friendly oral care routine is not only easy but also incredibly rewarding. By consciously selecting sustainable products and adopting mindful practices, you take significant steps towards taking care of your oral health while simultaneously caring for the environment. Each eco-conscious decision, no matter how small it may seem, plays a crucial role in contributing to a larger, positive impact on our planet.

But your journey towards a greener, healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be a solitary one. I invite you to join our vibrant community on Facebook where like-minded individuals gather to share experiences, tips, and encouragement. It's a space where you can learn, grow, and connect with others who are passionate about sustainable living and oral health.

Additionally, for more insights and resources, I encourage you to visit our website at []( Here, you'll find a wealth of information and articles that delve deeper into various aspects of oral health and eco-friendly practices. Our website is constantly updated with informative content that can guide you on your path to a healthier smile and a more sustainable lifestyle.

So, why wait?

Begin your journey today and join us in making every brush stroke count towards a greener world. Together, we can make a significant difference, one smile at a time. Remember, every small step towards sustainability is a leap towards a better future for our planet and ourselves. Let’s embark on this journey together! 🌍💚🌿

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