Cleaning your teeth involves so much plastic what with the tooth brushes and tubes of toothpaste. Lucky for you I have researched a number of plastic free products for you to try.
Do You Need Dentifrice
You might want to consider if you even need to use a dentifrice. According to many a good brushing will do the job just as well…
“You can remove food debris and plaque from your teeth without using toothpaste.
Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm of bacteria and sugars that is constantly in the process of forming on our teeth. Dental plaque is acidic, and can break down tooth enamel and cause cavities to form. Plaque can also irritate your gums, causing gingivitis (red, swollen, bleeding gums), infections and eventually tooth loss.
Plaque is the primary cause of cavities and gum disease. If you don’t consistently remove plaque from your teeth it can harden into an even sticker substance called tartar, which provides a perfect environment for bacteria colonies to grow under your gums and on your teeth.
One of the best ways to control plaque is brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. But you don’t need toothpaste to do this, just a soft toothbrush and good brushing techniques will remove plaque.
Home Made Dentifrice
Some products such as bicarbonate of soda and salt can be used neat to clean your teeth. here
Otherwise its a combination or different abrasives in the form of a powder or paste. The key to making tooth powder is to find something abrasive and ugh to remove the plaque but not so harsh it removes the enamel .
You can find my recipe listed here
Though after reading all the provisos you might prefer to buy ready made.
Ready Made Toothpaste
In A Tube
There are still some tooth pastes come in metal tubes BUT be aware that all metal tubed toothpastes I have come across have a plastic cap and the tubes are lined with a plastic liner. If you are happy to go ahead one such is
Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste
Apparently ” What makes Marvis unique is the range of exotic flavours – enticing and addictive tastes that produce a whirlwind of sensations. Marvis search the world to bring you irresistible new and original flavours that turn the simple act of teeth brushing into a daily pleasure of discovery and taste.”
In A Jar
Recently started using Georganics toothpaste, and would highly recommend. Comes in a glass jar with metal lid and the seal is biodegradable. It does come with a little plastic spoon, but if you email them, they’ll send yours without one (they’re also hoping to swap to wooden spoons soon).
with thanks to Rebecca.
You can visit the website HERE.
And thanks is to Carriad Wholefoods for letting me know about Truthpaste natural toothpaste which also comes in a glass jar. They stock it and you can buy on line. These come in glass jars with metal lids.
Chances are the lids are plastic lined but it’s an improvement.
Teeth Whitening & Mouthwash
Someday you can use peroxide to whiten your teeth. I say it is revolting.
You can also use it as a mouthwash.
I have tried natural toothbrushes and I am not that keen. They quickly go kind of pulpy and I didn’t feel they are up to the job. So have gone back to my electric toothbrush consoling myself with the thought that
a) the heads are half the size of a normal plastic toothbrush
b) I make my own toothpaste and
c) these are my TEETH.
But there are a number of all-natural, bamboo toothbrushes on the market some of which I have reviewed. You can find out more here.
Bamboo Brush With Nylon Bristles
In my opinion, these work better than all bamboo toothbrushes. Some claim the nylon bristles are biodegradable others dispute this claim. Best to treat this a reduced plastic option. Read more here.
Biodegradable Cornstarch Bristles
This is an interesting new project that might lead to better things.
My name is Alan Chen, and I’m the inventor of Smiti, an eco-friendly toothbrush with a stylish, minimalistic design that helps to reduce waste and save the environment.
I invented Smiti after researching how much our daily habits contribute to harming our planet. As the father of a little baby, I really want to contribute to a sustainable future for generations to come. We can all do little changes in order to help.
Smiti is a stylish, gentle and efficient toothbrush that does the job while helping to reduce waste. The interchangeable head of Smiti is made of 100% biodegradable PLA from naturals renewable sources such as corn starch, cassava root and sugarcane. The aluminum alloy handle can be used for years, and at the end of its long life, be recycled.
Using Smiti as a part of your daily dental hygiene routine can greatly help reduce the plastic waste caused by traditional toothbrushes.
I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, where until March 27, 2017, Smiti is available to pre-at a great discount. Smiti comes in Black, White, and the exclusive Kickstarter color Rose Gold.
Find other plastic free personal care products here…
Making Other Personal Care Products
Its quicker then trying to choose between a hundred different shampoos and it’s really simple, fun to do, so much cheaper and I get to control what goes on my body, where it comes from and what environmental impact it has.
Lots more info here on making your own personal care products