5 Ways to Switch to a More Sustainable Oral Health Routine

5 Ways to Switch to a More Sustainable Oral Health Routine


Taking care of your teeth doesn't have to come at the expense of the environment. By making a few simple changes, you can adopt a more sustainable oral health routine that benefits both your smile and the planet. Here are five ways to get started, featuring some eco-friendly options from AVO Everlasting Essentials.

  1. Swap Out Plastic Toothbrushes for Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Did you know that one billion plastic toothbrushes are discarded annually in the United States alone? That’s enough to circle the earth four times! These toothbrushes contribute to 50 million pounds of waste ending up in landfills.

An easy switch is to choose toothbrushes made from sustainable materials like bamboo. Bamboo is fast-growing, biodegradable, and compostable (just remember to remove the nylon bristles). For a more luxurious and durable option, consider AVO’s Starter Kit, which includes a reusable handle made from anodized aluminum available in classic black, elegant rose gold, or timeless silver. It also features a biodegradable brush head, combining sustainability with high-quality oral care.

  1. Recycle Your Toothpaste Tubes

Mainstream toothpaste tubes are typically non-recyclable, adding to the plastic waste problem. However, some brands, like Colgate and Tom’s of Maine, offer tubes made from recyclable HDPE 2 plastic. Not all local recycling programs accept them. 

For a truly eco-friendly option, try AVO's Refreshing Mint Toothpaste with Organic Avocado Oil. Packaged in recyclable tubes made from post-consumer resin, this toothpaste is as kind to the planet as it is to your teeth. Plus, it’s free from fluoride, gluten, and animal-derived ingredients, making it a family-friendly choice!

  1. Choose Mouthwash with Sustainable Packaging

Most mouthwashes come in plastic bottles, but there are more sustainable alternatives. Look for mouthwash in glass bottles or try mouthwash tablets that dissolve in water. These tablets often come in minimal, reusable packaging, helping reduce your plastic footprint.

For a refreshing and eco-friendly option, consider incorporating mouthwash tablets that support oral health without the plastic waste. Just be sure they contain fluoride or ingredients that balance pH levels to effectively combat oral bacteria.

  1. Invest in a Water Flosser and Eco-friendly Floss Over Traditional Floss

Traditional dental floss is usually made from nylon and comes in plastic containers, which are harmful to marine life and the environment. Water flossers provide a zero-waste alternative by using a jet of water to clean between your teeth. They’re particularly effective for those with braces.

If you prefer traditional floss, look for plastic-free options. Reusable floss picks, such as those made from food-grade stainless steel, can be combined with biodegradable, plastic-free floss made from bamboo, silk, or PLA (a corn-based plastic). This approach ensures you maintain your oral health routine while minimizing environmental impact.

  1. Try a Reusable Tongue Cleaner

Tongue scrapers can significantly reduce oral bacteria and improve breath freshness. Instead of plastic tongue scrapers, opt for ones made from copper or stainless steel. These materials are durable, harbour less bacteria, and can be easily cleaned.

Dental professionals recommend gentle scraping once or twice per session, rinsing between passes, and deep cleaning your scraper regularly. This small change can make a big difference in both your oral hygiene and environmental footprint.

By adopting these sustainable practices, you can enjoy a healthier smile while contributing to a cleaner planet. AVO Everlasting Essentials offers a range of eco-friendly products that make it easy to switch to a more sustainable oral health routine. From the Refreshing Mint Toothpaste to the comprehensive Starter Kit, our products are designed to support your oral health and environmental values. Make the switch today and join us in promoting a greener future!


Until next time,


Amy + Jess



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