Brushing teeth in the shower

@nixxi76 (3192)
Canada
April 15, 2008 11:00am CST
Two co-workers and I were having a discussion about brushing our teeth in the shower and two out of three of us did. The one that didn't asked why we did and never tried it thought it was a crazy idea. She asked where we put our toothbrushes, and asked if shampoo ever got on it? We told her that we felt more refreshed when we brushed our teeth in the shower. Do you prefer to brush your teeth before, after or during a shower?
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I brush my teeth after my shower. I am not a fan of stepping on spit in the shower. I know, it gets washed down the drain but, if a shower really was a clean as people seem to think because everything gets washed down the drain then we wouldn't have to clean them every week, would we? LOL! Right! So, while you think that you are washing your toothpaste, spit and food particles down the drain and that no one will have to stand in it after you, you are sadly mistaken. Try not cleaning your shower for a few weeks...perhaps a month. See what grows. See how the toothpaste starts crusting up on the floor. Yuck! LOL! I hope that I haven't offended you! It was not my intention! I was just voicing my opinion! It grosses me out!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
15 Apr 08
I don't think I could live with myself if I left my whole bathroom by not cleaning it for even one week. Thanks for your opinion
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• United States
15 Apr 08
Just for the record, I only clean my bathtub once a week..
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
15 Apr 08
LOL! Same here Nixxi! I have to clean it every week. And, carmelanirel, I only clean mine once a week but, it has to be done once a week! Any longer and trouble starts brewing with mold/mildew, dirt and soap scum. Ick!
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@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I think i have brushed my teeth in the shower a total of one time. I know a friend that does it all the time, or atleast used to. I don't brush my teeth in the shower, there's never really been a place to keep the toothbrush. As for getting shampoo in it, I never did worry about that because it'd be easy to just wash it out of the toothbrush. I usually brush my teeth after the shower.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment
@capirani (1841)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I have a small bathroom and the sink/counter is right next to the tub. My toothpaste and toothbrush are in a cup on the counter within reach of both the tub and the sink so I can brush my teeth easily whenever I want to. Also, there is no need to worry about soap or shampoo getting on the toothbrush or in your mouth if you simply rinse before you brush, or brush before you wash. Why would you brush your teeth at the same time you are using the soap or shampoo anyway?
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
I'm not sure who would brush their teeth while they were using shampoo or soap. If they did then I would have to give them credit for being a multi tasker! Yes a caddy or shelf outside the shower works well too. Thanks for your comment
@Jemina (5783)
7 May 08
That's really cool. I think I did it a couple of times when there was no sink in the bathroom and I wanted to save time so I brush my teeth in the shower. Most regularly, I brush my teeth right after eating when I'm at home. I can't stand to let the taste of my food stay in my mouth. I love the cool, fresh feeling after brushing.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
7 May 08
I love that feeling as well. I don't get to brush my teeth everytime I eat but I sure do twice a day forsure once when I wake up and once before bed. Thanks for your comment
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@Jemina (5783)
7 May 08
I know too much brushing is also not good unless you have a mild toothpaste and very soft brush. When at work a floss and a mouthwash is a real refreshment.
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
18 Apr 08
toothbrush - toothbrush picture
i brush my teeth after taking my shower but i do it in the bathroom and not in the sink and sometimes i brush my teeth while putting shampoo in my hair.it was just a habit of mine ever since.because i think i can brush my teeth better when doing it after taking or during shower....
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
19 Apr 08
That's pretty cool johndur. I'm glad you're another person that can brush your teeth in the shower
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
19 Apr 08
yeah please welcome me in the toothbrush in shower club!lol
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 Apr 08
I'd never have considered brushing in the shower...besides,I rinse with cold water when I do,unless you Shower brushers take lots of cold Showers?
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment
@capirani (1841)
• United States
23 Apr 08
My mother taught me to rinse with cold water and that is what I always used to do. Then one day I was having some tooth sensitivity to the cold water so I used lukewarm water. That is when I realized that we wash our bodies, our dishes, our clothes (some of them), and many other things with warm water, why not our teeth too? In my mind, warm water cleans better. The insides of our mouths are warm and brushing teeth with cold water can be painful if you have sensitive teeth and gums. I never use cold water anymore to brush my teeth and haven't for years. Once they are brushed, if I want to drink some, then it will be cold water.
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@Kecia08 (554)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I brush my teeth after my shower. Showering is the first step to getting ready for me, and eating the next to last thing, so it would only make sense for brushing my teeth to be the last thing!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
I usually cause more work for myself, I'll either brush my teeth before my shower or during then eat then brush again. I should try it your way thanks for your comment
@capirani (1841)
• United States
23 Apr 08
One reason people brush their teeth in the mornings before they eat is so that they have washed that icky nighttime breath and scum out of their mouths...makes the breakfast taste that much better. So in that case, you just might be better off to brush twice in the mornings.
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@jamie08 (430)
• United States
7 May 08
i agree with you it does feel more refreshing when you brush your teeth in the shower. i dont know why but that is why i brush my teeth. its crazy how taking a shower while brushing your teeth makes your mouth feel cleaner!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
7 May 08
Thanks for your comment jamie
@anawar (2406)
• United States
7 May 08
When I'm in the shower I'm wet. If I get out of the shower and dry off, I get my face wet again when I brush my teeth. If I brush my teeth before I get in the shower, I can't decide if I should dry my face and then get in the shower. So, I brush my teeth in the shower and get wet and toweled off once. I think it's a great way to save time and water!
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
7 May 08
I agree anawar and thanks for your comment!
• United States
7 May 08
I've never, ever heard of anyone brushing their teeth in the shower until I got into college and then I found out that a few of my friends actually did that. I find it a strange practice but I actually think it would help people remember to brush their teeth because it's right there and it's easier to do everything at once. Maybe I should start trying to do that. I don't brush as often as I should.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
7 May 08
I don't see why not, this will not only help you remember to brush your teeth more often but you'll notice that it will save you time as well. Thanks for your comment
• Saint Lucia
6 May 08
I find i like brushing in the shower. to me it feels better than by the sink.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
6 May 08
Thanks for your response ellatryx
@busta1 (1029)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i do brush my teeth in the shower not all the time though but for some reason its funner to do it that way lol.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Hi busta~ It is fun and timesaving to brush my teeth in the shower. Ever since I tried doing this I never when back to the old way which was brushing my teeth before my shower. Don't get me wrong though.. I brush my teeth twice a day and if I"m not having a shower at that time, then I'll brush them in the bathroom sink. Thanks for your comment
17 Apr 08
I'm confused lol. You have to brush your teeth in cold water surely?! I really do prefer hot showers and cold water teeth brushing if given the choice. So yeah I brush my teeth after I shower - and have never actually considered doing it any other way. Maybe that's just me conforming and not thinking outside of the box, who knows.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
Hi bojangles If I'm going to take a shower I will just bring my toothbrush and toothpaste with me and give my teeth a brush after I wash my hair. If I just wake up in the morning I'll just use the sink with cool water. I prefer cool water to brush my teeth too, but if I"m in the shower then it's warm. Thanks for your comment
@crazylady (470)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I brush my teeth before my shower so I get clean from the inside out.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
Thank you for your comment crazylady
• United States
16 Apr 08
wonderful photo found by my son - lit up horizon
i started doing this after my second son was born - i went from working 3rd shift to 2nd shift, my older son was in the first grade - just one little time-saving issue, i guess - and the habit just stuck. as to the people grossing out about the spit - i do make sure that it is all down the drain, and i do a once over on the whole tub before i get out anyway.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
I think there is nothing wrong about brushing your teeth anywhere as long as you spit it out down a drain. I love that it saves me time as well when I do brush my teeth in the shower and the refreshing feeling that it leaves from head to toe. I know people that try it once and stick with it just like you and I thanks for your comment
@manya_pearl (1903)
• Singapore
16 Apr 08
i always brush my teeth before shower. sometimes, i gargle with water shower.. ahaha... i open my mouth and its just really fresh to gargle it with water shower. other people will think that its weird, but i never think its weird, since i gargle with water and not with shampoo! ahahha. lol!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
That's funny manya! I don't think I would want to gargle with shampoo either or conditioner YUCK! I can't let alone stand the feeling of getting shampoo in my eyes accidentally yet getting it in my mouth LOL~! Thanks for your comment
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
i dont brush teeth in the shower,,,definitely becAUSE i dont have shower room.I usually brush teeth in the kitchen.sometimes outside our door or on our launddry area.I prefer brushin my teeth when i have an appointment outdoor or before bedtime.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
I think maybe once in my lifetime I had to brush my teeth in the kitchen sink because when we were getting our bathroom renovated we couldn't go in there so that's not too bad and it's totally understandable why you can't brush your teeth in the shower thanks very much for your comment
@xtinelee (3377)
• Singapore
16 Apr 08
Well. I don't shower and brush my teeth. I usually only brush my teeth just before I want to go and sleep. So I brush my teeth long after I shower.
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment. Do you brush your teeth in the morning when you get up?
@SHAMRACK (8525)
• India
16 Apr 08
Dear friend, I brush teeth before shower. I never brushed while having shower. But while in river when I had bathed few times I had brushed. I prefer to brush before shower.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
That's alright too.. thanks for your comment
@chileman (969)
• Australia
16 Apr 08
Ummmm, I must say I have never brushed my teeth in the shower and I don't know anyone who does, I always brush my teeth after I shower....lets just say soap would definately end up on my toothbrush if I did!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
Hi chileman thanks for your comment~ I brush my teeth in the shower after I wash my hair and when I'm letting the conditioner soak in, I'll brush them then, after that I'll use my soap so it doesn't get in my toothbrush. I'm not sure why but I love the feeling of having a clean mouth before I use my soap and not after. I guess it has something to do with the saying being clean from head to toe so I start with my head and make my way down.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
16 Apr 08
i brush my teeth after the shower. i prefer the sink, but i have seen others brushing their teeth in the shower. it is not odd...i have seen it happen...
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
Hi fifileigh, thanks for your comment