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Did you know that you can have an oral hygiene routine that is beneficial for the environment? Well, it’s true! There are many things you can do in your oral hygiene routine that can help improve the environment, and those things are:

-Turn off the tap: There is no need to keep the water running while you brush your teeth. So, make sure you turn off the tap after you’ve soaked your toothbrush. Turning the tap off will help you save water.

-Recycle your toothbrush: Once your toothbrush is worn down and useless, it’s time to replace it. However, instead of throwing your toothbrush away, it’s best to use it for something else, like cleaning the toilet, cleaning your computer keyboard, or painting a small object.

-Say no to microbeads: Some toothpaste brands add microbeads to the product to make it sparkle. Even though this may seem like a cool characteristic, it can cause serious ecological damage. When these beads are washed down the drain, they flow into rivers and lakes. Then, fish and other animals mistake these beads for food. If they eat the beads, it can kill them. So, it’s best to avoid using a paste that has polyethylene.

-Consider using compostable tools: Your old oral hygiene tools don’t need to pile up in a landfill. You can use toothbrushes and floss that are made of biodegradable materials, like silk, corn-based plastic, and wood.

If you do these things, you’ll be caring for the environment while you care for your smile. To learn more about green oral hygiene routines in Decatur, Illinois, please call our office today at 217.877.1742 and talk to a member of our Central Illinois Smiles dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Amanda Lewis, if you have any concerns for your oral health. We are here to help you!