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Should you brush your teeth in the shower?

iStock-997000456Everyone knows that it’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day to keep a smile healthy. However, for many busy adults, this can be difficult to achieve because of the time needed. In response, approximately four percent of adults admit to brushing their teeth in the shower. But is this a good idea? Should you try to multitask by combining cleaning your teeth and body in one activity? Find out now if brushing your teeth in the shower is good for your oral health.

What are the downsides of brushing your teeth in the shower?

There are several disadvantages and concerns that can arise from brushing your teeth in the shower.

Below are just a few of the downsides that our dental team at Golden Dental Solutions in Golden, Colorado may have patients consider: 

  • The American Dental Association does not recommend leaving a toothbrush in the shower due to the increased risk of significant bacterial growth. This is because of the moist environment that the shower creates, which can lend itself to bacteria that can contribute to gum disease.
  • Patients who brush their teeth in the shower may not be giving their teeth the attention and focus they deserve. Trying to cut corners by brushing the teeth in the shower may lead to missed areas of the mouth that can contribute to gum disease or cavities.
  • Using a mirror is the most effective way to ensure that you are properly brushing and flossing your teeth, and many mirrors will fog up in the shower.
  • Some patients say that they feel as though they are saving water by combining toothbrushing with their showering routine. However, more water is lost through a showerhead than the sink faucet, which is actually causing more water loss than if one brushed their teeth at the sink.

Interested in more oral health do’s and don’ts?

Contact the team at Golden Dental Solutions to speak to one of our professionals about the best recommendations for maintaining a healthy smile! Call (303) 277-9600 to request a consultation visit with our staff. We are dedicated to assisting patients and families at our state-of-the-art facility in Golden, Colorado, conveniently located at 1218 Arapahoe Street. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

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