How Can I Conserve Water While Brushing My Teeth?

March 30, 2018 9:24 pm | Published by
Water runs from a stainless steel faucet against a white wall

At North Richland Hills Dentistry, we believe strongly in doing our part to preserve and protect the environment. As part of this mission, we work to educate our patients on simple ways they can conserve water while also maintaining a healthy oral care routine. Today, we want to talk about a few specific steps you can take to conserve water while brushing your teeth.

1. Turn Off the Tap!

This one is so simple it may not even need to be said, but turn off the tap while you’re brushing! When you let the water run between wetting your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth after brushing, you waste a significant amount of water. In fact, some scientists estimate that turning off the water while brushing can save your family up to ten gallons of water each day.

2. Use a Cup to Rinse

How do you rinse your mouth after you brush? If you’re using your hands as a makeshift cup to clean your teeth after brushing, you’re wasting unnecessary water. Instead, use a cup with just the right amount to rinse your mouth.

3. Make Some Water Pressure Adjustments

If you are able, consider adding an aerator to your bathroom faucet. The aerator saves you water by infusing the stream with small air bubbles. You can also limit your water pressure with a pressure-reducing valve to ensure that a smaller amount of water flows through your faucet.

Not only will these tips help conserve our planet’s precious water supply, they will also save you some money on your utility bill. Do you have any tips or tricks you and your family use to save water? We want to hear about them! Let us know during your next visit with Dr. Desai.

To schedule your next appointment at our office or to ask our friendly team questions about water conservation and your oral health, contact us today.

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