Maybe you sleep in too late most mornings, or maybe you have someone banging on the bathroom door pressuring you to “hurry up”. The reasons we lack bathroom time are abundant: we have school, jobs, and kids telling us to rush through our daily routines. For 4% of Americans, this time pressure has led them to brush their teeth in the shower.

young child standing in the doorway of a shower while brrushing teeth with a blue toothbrush

 

Brushing teeth in the shower?

Almost 13 million people are doing this; are you one of them? These Americans have ditched the sink and mirror method for a new brushing routine. Common shower brushing reasons are vast. Some people do it so save time, others to avoid getting toothpaste on their clothes. Even further, some people choose to brush in the shower so they don’t forget to brush later. If you forget to brush your teeth or crawl into bed before stopping at the sink, maybe you should join the 4% of Americans who have combined their brushing and showering routines.

shower head raining down -- brushing teeth in the shower

 

Two minutes in the shower

No matter where you choose to brush, make sure you are spending a full two minutes scrubbing your pearly whites. Brushing in the shower might seem convenient, but, you should continue to focus on the task of brushing. It may be easy to daydream while you scrub, but this can take away from the effectiveness of your cleaning. While your shampoo or conditioner is setting, take two minutes to focus on gently brushing all your teeth. After spitting, try to keep your mouth closed so shower water doesn’t rise away all the good-for-you fluoride that remains on your teeth.

pink freestanding sink with 3 toothbrushes stored upright and dry

 

Where to keep your shower toothbrush

The obvious answer is in the shower. However, your shower is not the ideal location to leave your brush between uses. Your shower is a warm, moist environment that will invite bacteria to make your toothbrush their home. The best choice is to take your toothbrush out of the shower with you and store it in an upright, dry location. Showers and sinks aside, toothbrushes should be kept dry and replaced at least every three months.

 

Flossing in the shower?

If you are already brushing in the shower, why not floss as well? Actually, you should reserve flossing for the sink. After your daily shower, it is okay to hog the mirror for a thorough flossing! You’ll want the mirror to help navigate between teeth and ensure that you are reaching each crevice.

 

People ages 18-44 are twice as likely to brush in the shower. Are shower brushers smarter than the rest of us, or just crazy? Do you brush in the shower, or are you likely to try it out?

 

As long as you are brushing for 2 minutes twice a day and flossing every day, the staff at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe will be happy. During your next appointment, ask your hygienist or dentist if they brush in the shower— you might be surprised!