At Coburg Hill Oral Care (CHOC), we are taking strides to offer a more responsible approach to dental care.  Our environment is continuing to suffer as a result of plastic waste and carbon emissions. In a recent guide, we looked at ways in which dental practices can help to do their part to be more responsible.

It not only covers the waste we produce, it also means we should think carefully about the carbon we put into our atmosphere.  We also briefly touched on lifestyle education, an important concept in all of healthcare. But how can lifestyle education help both the world around us, as well as our individual oral health?

Preventive Care is The Solution

CHOC is always here to help our visitors.  We want to be your first port of call if you ever have concerns about your oral health.  However, one of the best ways to help boost your oral health is, of course, to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

Preventive care revolves around educating yourself.  We want to offer our visitors more tools to help look after their teeth and mouths.  The healthier our mouth, teeth and gums are, the less likely you will need to attend many dental appointments to keep them healthy. This means less plastic is being used for each person we see.

You could also focus on flossing and using cleaning aids in between your teeth and using prescribed dental products.  The more you do to prevent dental problems now, the less time you will need to spend in surgery later. Many oral care products now have more plastic-free products.

woman flossing

How This Benefits the Environment

In our recent article, we explained that reducing the need for healthcare appointments will cut down on the need for resources.  This much is obvious. If we all took greater care of our oral health, a fraction of the plastic and carbon that dental surgeries use would be saved.

Preventive care and education, therefore, could cut down on plastic investment.  It is all well and good to replace plastic in clinics, however, in some cases, it is impossible to avoid.  Plastic is highly hygienic, and for many practices, very affordable.  

Therefore, we need to consider cutting down on investment.  The less we buy, the less we throw away and that, ultimately, starts with you.

One of the biggest ways you can make a difference to the world around you is to take better care of your oral health.  Poor dental hygiene results in more appointments, and that means more plastic entering our atmosphere. It also means adding another vehicle, potentially, to the road.

What You Can Do

We want to reiterate that we are always here if you need us.  If you are genuinely worried about your oral health, you should always book an appointment!

However, to help us become more responsible, we are encouraging our visitors to think twice.  Are there changes you can make to become healthier? What can you do to cut down on trips you make to the dentist and oral health therapist?

Preventive care and education help everyone.  We want to help you as much as we can when we can.  However, make sure to save yourself – and the environment – unnecessary trips wherever possible.