Conserving Water While Caring for Teeth

Everybody wants to do what they can for the environment and the time we take brushing our teeth offers plenty of opportunities. While you are spending the few minutes scrubbing your pearly whites, be sure to use these simple tips and conserve water. You’ll find that it doesn’t take any more time to your day to do what is right.
 
Turn off the Water
 
Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. You could be using up to four gallons of water at a time according to the EPA. If you are brushing twice a day, that could be eight gallons of water wasted. That’s 200 gallons each month, per person! 
 
Simply wet your toothbrush and then turn off the water. Don’t turn it back on until it is time to rinse.
 
Use all the Water
 
It can be a common practice to let the water run until it is the right temperature. Instead of wasting that water, keep a container nearby to fill up. Then, you can use this additional water for watering the plants or filling Fido’s pet bowl. 
 
Use a Cup
 
Avoid using your hands to rinse your mouth. First of all, your hands are filled with germs that don’t belong in your mouth. Second, you are allowing water to run down the drain and go to waste.
Instead, keep a cup handy at the sink and use that for rinsing. 
 
Look for Leaks
 
While you brush your teeth, it is a great time to look for leaks from the sink. It could be coming from the faucet or the pipes underneath the sink. If you notice drips, now is the time to get it fixed. Just a few drips per day can add up to hundreds of gallons per year that get wasted.
 
Brushing your teeth can be about more than just saving your teeth. Use it as a time to save water and the environment as well. Resolve to be a better citizen on this planet by doing what you can even with the small things. Each action you take will add up and make a difference.
 
If you have any questions, please give your San Ramon cosmetic dentist a call at (925) 362-8209.

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