We get it: You’re busy and maybe you even enjoy the possibility of your entire body smelling minty fresh. So, if you must shower while brushing, adopt these practices to save your smile (and the planet):
• Time yourself. Make sure you hit your two minutes of brushing time by setting a timer, playing music (a little less than one song = 2 minutes) or counting in your head (30 seconds per quadrant).
• Grab the floss after your shower. Get clean, then head to the mirror to floss. Flossing removes what your toothbrush can’t, protecting you from cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
• Don’t store your toothbrush in the shower. Keep your toothbrush clean by storing it upright and uncovered to air-dry.
• Limit water flow. Avoid wasting water by upgrading to a low-flow showerhead aerator, which adds air to the water stream to slow down the flow while maintaining high water pressure. Showerhead aerators save up to 3 gallons of water per minute, according to the EPA.