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The Dentist, compostable floss, and the fillings.

It’s painful to see things in the waste perspective. My oldest son went for a cleaning a few months ago. I noticed things that have been there since I was a kid like the chairs and the lights. I also noticed clear, totally avoidable waste.

Maybe dentists could use cloth for visiting patients. Or maybe recyclable sheets. Any suggestions?As you can tell, this cover for the chair doesn’t even go down far enough to be touched by the patient. I’m sure they changed it for the next patient though.

Since I took these photos, my son has had a few fillings. Great news though. He has a bunch more too. Just great. So I bought him some new toothpaste with flouride and some compostable flossers at Shoppers Drug Mart.  We have floss at our house but the pediatric dentist suggested flossers. 

I will save up all the flossers and give them to my sister-in-law to put in her compost pick up (love ya Sarah).The Canadian company, Clean Idea, even has a compostable toothbrush. Not bad.

I gave into my sensitive teeth and bought a tube of Sensodyne. I will recycle the tube after I finish using it.

Oh, the guilt!


‘Floss the teeth you want to keep.’ ~dentist, quoted by Nick Crocker

“If they [companies] believe they are in business to serve people, to help solve problems, to use and employ the ingenuity of their workers to improve the lives of people around them by learning from the nature that gives us life, we have a chance.”

Paul Hawken


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


5 thoughts on “The Dentist, compostable floss, and the fillings.

  1. Wow I will have to check out the toothbrush, that’s the one thing I hadn’t found a replacement for yet. I have no good ideas for the paper on the chair, maybe they could eliminate it all together by simply wiping the chair down with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to disinfect it after each use. Local gyms, think how yucky the equipment gets, ask patrons to wipe down the equipment after each use. I have sensitive teeth as well and had trouble in past with cavities, I eliminated sugar and sugar products which stopped the cavities, then began using a mixture of salt and baking soda to brush my teeth, I love it and wouldn’t go back to any “toothpaste” ever again.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 13, 2012, 9:59 am

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