Dental Hygiene In The Shower: Okay Or Not Okay?

Perhaps you always brushed your teeth in the shower as a kid and now, as an adult, you find that some people find this to be a bit of an odd approach to dental hygiene. Maybe you began doing this during college because it just made your getting-ready sessions much faster. Regardless of your particular reasons for doing so, you might find that you’re curious whether this is an okay way to handle your smile care or if, perhaps, we suggest against it. Let’s run through some things to consider, so you may make an educated decision.

It’s Okay If: You’re Thorough

It’s okay to brush your teeth in the shower. However, only if you are actually thorough. What’s a thorough session entail? Let’s break down the details:

  • Brushing: A thorough brushing session is one that lasts two minutes. If you have a hard time timing yourself in the shower, then it may be better to brush in front of the sink. You will also need to brush every surface of your smile.
  • Dental Hygiene: Don’t forget that you should have two brushing sessions every day. You also need one flossing session. If brushing primarily in the shower causes you to forget about flossing, then it may be time to move hygiene to the sink. Otherwise, keep doing what you’re doing!

It’s Okay If: You’re Mindful Of Bacteria

Remember that the shower is full of bacteria and moisture. You don’t want to leave your brush in the shower to dry (it probably won’t dry out as it should). This may result in a toothbrush full of bacteria, which is not ideal for dental hygiene. You’ll also want to refrain from setting the brush down on potentially grimy surfaces. Simply remain mindful of this detail!

Enjoy Effective Hygiene By Asking For Advice

If you’re unsure that your brushing approach is as effective as possible, let us know that you have questions. We are full of advice! Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.