Caring for our oral health (and the environment too)
15th June 2021
When we think about how we care for our mouth, it might be easy to think that there is little in common between our oral health and the environment – but that’s not quite true. In addition to turning off the tap when brushing (which saves us a staggering 12 litres of water each time), there’s an important connection that applies to all of us – and it revolves around our toothbrush.
Toothbrushes form a part of our daily routine. Twice a day, morning and night, for two minutes, they help clean our teeth and keep our mouth fit and healthy. Despite this, the shelf-life of a toothbrush is a relatively short one. In theory, we should only use each one 180 times, for a total of six hours over a period of three months.
It all means that in the UK, around 256 million toothbrushes are bought and discarded every year. That’s a very big pile of plastic so what can we do about it?
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