• 16 AUG 19

    Is your toothbrush part of the plastic problem?

    We all know by now that plastics are a big problem. We only have to sit through a few minutes of one of the many documentaries focusing on plastic pollution to see the devastating effects that this material is having on marine environments and the creatures that live in them.

    It’s likely that you’ve even made some changes to your plastic consumption, cutting down on single use plastics and other items that can be easily avoided. But have you considered the plastic items you use for longer periods such as your toothbrush?

    Since the invention of nylon in the 1930s, toothbrushes have been predominantly plastic. The design of the toothbrush has not progressed much since this point, and this is having a huge impact on our environment as billions of these items get thrown away every year.

    It’s generally recommended that you replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months. This is because harmful oral bacteria can build up in the bristles, and if the bristles become frayed, they do not clean your teeth and gums as effectively.

    Now, if we assume that every single person in the UK is replacing their toothbrush every 3 months, that means that as many as 264 million toothbrushes are being thrown away each year. As these items are made up of different types of plastics, they are non-recyclable. It’s therefore common for them to end up in rivers, seas and other aquatic environments if they are improperly disposed of.

    So, what are the options available if you want to reduce plastic in your oral health care routine? The main problem with toothbrushes is that a viable, fully biodegradable option isn’t really available on the market.

    There are a number of good toothbrushes made from substances such as bamboo or recyclable plastic, though these will inevitably still have non-recyclable nylon bristles. However, choosing these options will still cut down your plastic waste considerably.

    On the other hand, there are some brushes that use natural materials including animal hair for the bristles. These options are fully biodegradable but they do come with their downsides. As they use animal hair, they are not suitable for vegetarian or vegan individuals. Furthermore, some sources suggest that animal hair is too coarse and can damage the teeth. There is also the possibility that because animal hair retains moisture more than plastic, that bacteria build up in these brushes is much higher than plastic alternatives.[i]

    In the end, the best option is likely to be to opt for a toothbrush made from a biodegradable material that uses nylon bristles. Although this will still contribute to the plastic problem, these brushes do generate considerably less plastic waste and can still achieve an effective oral clean. Until a better alternative is created, lessening the environmental impact of your toothbrush is the best step available.

    For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7224 0999

    Or visit www.endocare.co.uk

    [i] The Independent. 6 Best Bamboo Toothbrushes., Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-bamboo-toothbrushes-plastic-pollution-biodegradable-bistles-dental-care-eco-friendly-a8411536.html [Last accessed July 19].

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We are now open on Weekends. If you need to see a Root Canal Dentist on Saturday or Sunday then we are now open. For details of our new weekend opening hours please contact us now.

Patient Testimonials

This is just to thank you for the root-canal treatment which you carried out on my tooth last Tuesday afternoon. All has now settled down and I can chew on the tooth as normal. I think that we both had a tough ninety minutes last Tuesday but for me it ...

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David Thomson
Just to say thanks for the coffees & friendly, supportive chats. You certainly helped to take the edge off a stressful time for us.

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Rod & Sue Witheridge
Thank you for treating my dental pain, it was a great relief! Thank you also for the care I received while visiting your practice.

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Fraser Gray
Thank you very much for the wonderful work you did for me. I can smile again!

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Zita Drew
Thankyou so much for once again saving a difficult tooth!!  Another thankyou is due to you for your gift to my daughter of the recipe book written by your aunt. Noelle returned to Dubai with the book firmly tucked under her arm. She returns in July for the summer and ...

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Sheila Ferris
Thank you so much for looking after our nanny Noelia! Thank you also for offering her such a generous discount for your excellent treatment. She asked me to pass on her thanks also. With best wishes.

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Quentin McCoach
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and Mr. Sultan for the excellent patient care I received last week. My reluctance to proceed with the surgical treatment was apparent, but with your advice and reassurance, I am sure that I made the right decision. The procedure, though ...

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Anne
Just a quick but BIG thank you all for making what was a frightening and miserable procedure into an experience I could hanle. If there had been more people like you all, I would have a much healthier mouth. It was a pleasure meeting you and your kindness is much ...

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Georgia F

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Harley Street Root Canal Clinic
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London
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4-6 George Street
Richmond
Surrey TW9 1JY

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  • Root Canal Treatment

    You may require root canal treatment if you have pain or swelling associalted with your teeth.

  • Root Canal Re-Treatment

    We can help if you are having problems with teeth previously root canal treated by other dentists.

  • Endodontic Microsurgery

    Using the latest surgical techniques we help save teeth even if root canal treatment is not possible.

    • 16 AUG 19

    Is your toothbrush part of the plastic problem?

    We all know by now that plastics are a big problem. We only have to sit through a few minutes of one of the many documentaries focusing on plastic pollution to see the devastating effects that this material is having on marine environments and the creatures that live in them.

    It’s likely that you’ve even made some changes to your plastic consumption, cutting down on single use plastics and other items that can be easily avoided. But have you considered the plastic items you use for longer periods such as your toothbrush?

    Since the invention of nylon in the 1930s, toothbrushes have been predominantly plastic. The design of the toothbrush has not progressed much since this point, and this is having a huge impact on our environment as billions of these items get thrown away every year.

    It’s generally recommended that you replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months. This is because harmful oral bacteria can build up in the bristles, and if the bristles become frayed, they do not clean your teeth and gums as effectively.

    Now, if we assume that every single person in the UK is replacing their toothbrush every 3 months, that means that as many as 264 million toothbrushes are being thrown away each year. As these items are made up of different types of plastics, they are non-recyclable. It’s therefore common for them to end up in rivers, seas and other aquatic environments if they are improperly disposed of.

    So, what are the options available if you want to reduce plastic in your oral health care routine? The main problem with toothbrushes is that a viable, fully biodegradable option isn’t really available on the market.

    There are a number of good toothbrushes made from substances such as bamboo or recyclable plastic, though these will inevitably still have non-recyclable nylon bristles. However, choosing these options will still cut down your plastic waste considerably.

    On the other hand, there are some brushes that use natural materials including animal hair for the bristles. These options are fully biodegradable but they do come with their downsides. As they use animal hair, they are not suitable for vegetarian or vegan individuals. Furthermore, some sources suggest that animal hair is too coarse and can damage the teeth. There is also the possibility that because animal hair retains moisture more than plastic, that bacteria build up in these brushes is much higher than plastic alternatives.[i]

    In the end, the best option is likely to be to opt for a toothbrush made from a biodegradable material that uses nylon bristles. Although this will still contribute to the plastic problem, these brushes do generate considerably less plastic waste and can still achieve an effective oral clean. Until a better alternative is created, lessening the environmental impact of your toothbrush is the best step available.

    For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7224 0999

    Or visit www.endocare.co.uk

    [i] The Independent. 6 Best Bamboo Toothbrushes., Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-bamboo-toothbrushes-plastic-pollution-biodegradable-bistles-dental-care-eco-friendly-a8411536.html [Last accessed July 19].