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One Dental Student vs. One Billion Plastic Toothbrushes

Rodrick Wiggins, D22, is on a quest to recycle, and to make dentistry more eco-friendly

It was all the toothbrushes that first caught Rodrick Wiggins’ attention.

When Wiggins and his D22 classmates were fledgling students at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), they practiced cleaning each other’s teeth. “And then when we were done, we threw the toothbrushes away,” recalls Wiggins. “It seemed like a lot of waste. And that made me do some research about how we can be more sustainable.”

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