Did you know that 4 percent of Americans brush their teeth in the shower?1 Take a minute to learn if brushing as you bathe is safe for your smile.
Proponents of brushing in the shower say it’s not as messy, which may be true on a person-to-person basis. They also often claim it saves water and time, reasoning brushing while rinsing off or waiting for conditioner to set is more efficient. But if brushing causes you to stay in the shower longer, you may actually be using more water than if you brushed at the sink. Really want to save water? Brush at the sink and turn off the faucet. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that you can save up to four gallons of water if you turn off the tap while brushing.