As a whole, our society is focusing on being more environmentally conscious. For the first time in decades the ozone layer is shrinking and to me that’s proof , that we are slowly but surely doing something right.
As a dentist, I always like to find ways our profession can contribute to preserving the environment. Toothbrushes are a key goody bag product in our office and we order hundreds every few months for the office. The plastic they are made of fills landfills and takes years to degrade. I was curious to find and alternative material to help solve the problem with these plastic toothbrushes.
I stumbled upon a company out of Australia, which started mass producing bamboo toothbrushes. Invented by a Brisbane dentist, The Environmental Toothbrush is made from bamboo, a natural cellulose fibre, the handles are biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either and their packaging is bio-degradable.
I have ordered a few for myself and the office and am pleased with the results. My teeth are happy and I feel good about my contribution to helping the environment. Similar brushes can be found in Whole Foods and natural markets as well!!!
Since 2003, Dr. Chern has been delivering friendly, comprehensive, and high-tech dental care to her patients. She received her dental degree from Stony Brook University of Dentistry and completed a general practice residency at Long Island College Hospital. From preventive dental exams to cosmetic and implant dentistry, Dr. Chern is dedicated to helping patients achieve systemic health and brighter smiles.