Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage people to “think green” and promote awareness of the importance of being environmentally friendly.
Over the years, the Earth Day movement has successfully encouraged Congress to become more involved in passing laws to protect the environment and has influenced the passage of the Endangered Species Act. Today, Earth Day is recognized in 175 countries with over 500 million active participants.
Many people feel that they can’t make a difference if they don’t do something big. But caring for the environment doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact.
In celebration of Earth Day, we would like to share a few simple eco-friendly tips that will help keep your teeth clean and healthy while helping to save the environment.
1. Turn off the faucet. It may be difficult to believe, but water is not an unlimited resource. Actually, only 1% of the Earth’s water can be safely used. This is why it is important to be wise and use it efficiently. By turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, that’s over 200 gallons a month!
2. Don’t flush your floss. Non-biodegradable nylon floss cannot dissolve in water and will not break down like other disposable products. When floss is flushed down the toilet, it works its way through the water system and out into the ocean, polluting the water and potentially killing birds, animals, and sea-life through accidental ingestion.
This can be avoided by simply throwing floss into the garbage. You can also purchase floss packaged in cardboard containers, which helps to reduce plastic waste in our landfills.
3. Recycle/reuse toothbrushes. It is estimated that 50 million pounds of toothbrushes are thrown into U.S landfills each year. Help clean up the environment by purchasing recyclable toothbrushes. You can also reuse them around the house for cleaning many items. Before you toss your toothbrush, try to find a creative way you can use it instead.
Earth Day is designed to appreciate and celebrate the health of the earth. Keeping the earth healthy is important, but keeping your mouth healthy is important, too. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, so call us today to schedule an appointment.
Happy Earth Day, from our family to yours!