Make it your New Year's resolution to turn off the tap and help save the planet in 2016

Michaela ONeill, President of British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT)

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you will be looking to hit the gym or spend more time with your family, well how about adding something very simple to the list by making sure you turn off the tap when brushing your teeth to do your bit to help save the planet in 2016?

BSDHT member Tim Ives has highlighted the important role dental professionals can play in making a simple change that will make an enormous difference to our planet in energy reduction and water preservation.

We can do this simply by encouraging our friends, families, colleagues and patients to turn the tap off when brushingtheir teeth.

Such a simple step could effectively save more than two million Olympic size swimming pools worth of water every year in Europe alone.

What’s more this simple move can help improve people’s oral heath as it encourages us to spit don’t rinse when we have finished brushing our teeth.

By rinsing the mouth out with water after brushing wash away the fluoride which helps to protect the teeth, yet another reason to turn off the tap.

This initiative shows just the kind of example of how as dental professionals recycle other areas to help the planet.

Little changes such as using biodegradable equipment in the dental practice and encouraging patients to recycle their toothbrushes instead of throwing them away can got a long way to encourage environmental awareness throughout the dental industry.

Read Tim’s open letter to global professionals here and see how, by playing your small part, you can help to make a difference to the global environment.

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The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.

BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.

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