Some of you reading this blog post who have never before made the switch to a recyclable toothbrush, might understandably wonder whether protecting or indeed, improving the environment in which we live has any direct connection to our oral health. And the short answer is… yes, it does!
The sad fact is that around the world, environmental factors are continuing to have truly concerning effects on the oral health of all manner of ordinary people in their day-to-day lives.
So, let’s take a closer look at some of them, to remind ourselves that our mission at BubbleBrush is about so much more than a recyclable toothbrush.
Why is good oral health so crucial, anyway?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described oral health as “a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life” – and not without reason.
After all, oral diseases and conditions like tooth decay and gum disease frequently have many of the same modifiable risk factors as other diseases and conditions that we tend to assume have a more profound impact on all-round health, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
If your oral health is below par, this might serve as a warning sign with regard to broader aspects of your health and wellbeing. It’s not something anyone can afford to ignore.
In what ways are oral health and the environment interlinked?
To this day, there is unfortunately evidence of environmental factors having a seriously adverse impact on oral health, and by extension, wider health.
Dental conditions like fluorosis and tooth decay, for instance, are thought to be influenced by the food and water quality in local areas. Chemicals in water – whether naturally occurring or introduced by humans – can also have less-than-positive consequences for our teeth and oral health.
Many people – especially those living in developing and underdeveloped countries – lack access to clean water, which can contribute to the long-lasting deterioration of their oral health. Air pollution is rightly a worry, too; not only is it associated with the development of oral clefts in animals, but it is also believed to be a potential contributory factor in oral cancer. Indeed, exposure to solvents, pesticides, textile dust and wood smoke could further heighten oral cancer risk.
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There can undoubtedly be a complicated interplay between genetic and environmental factors when it comes to the development of all manner of conditions. It is also important to appreciate that we do not yet know everything about what may – or may not – be causing poor oral health around the globe.
Nonetheless, one thing that certainly is clear for us here at BubbleBrush, is the importance of doing everything we can to protect the only planet we have, for ourselves and for future generations – both here and in other parts of the world.
If, then, you have considered changing to a recyclable toothbrush like the soft bamboo toothbrushes we stock in our store, it is most certainly the right decision – and the right time!