You don’t have to waste water while you brush your teeth. Did you know that by turning off the tap every time you brush, you can save up to 64 cups of water? The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) says that although water covers about 70 per cent of the planet, less than one per cent of it is drinkable. That’s why it’s even more crucial to find ways to conserve water in our everyday lives. One way we can do this is by saving water while brushing our teeth!
Here are some simple tips you can implement to save water without having to change your oral care routine completely:
Turn On The Tap Only When Rinsing
This is probably the easiest method to save water while keeping your dental health in check. When you leave the tap running, you can end up using an average of 18 liters of water every time you clean your teeth, according to the EPA. So it’s better for the environment and water conservation if you only use water to dampen your toothbrush and when you’re rinsing your toothbrush and mouth after you’ve finished brushing.
Use A Cup
How do you rinse your mouth after brushing? Do you use your hands to cup the water to your mouth? There are many ways to rinse, but using a cup can help save water. While using your hands may be more convenient, your hands may have germs that you could be ingesting, and water spilling over can go to waste. If you'd like to help conserve the rainforest as well, use a reusable cup instead of a disposable paper or plastic stacking cup.
Update Or Repair Your Plumbing
While you’re brushing your teeth, it’s a great time to check your sink to make sure the piping underneath isn’t loose and letting water escape while it runs. Another way to save water would also be to install new faucet heads to conserve water. The Plumbing Manufacturers International states that modern faucets use about half as much water that old faucets use. Not only will updating your hardware conserve water, but it’ll also lower your water bill in the long run!
At Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre, we believe you shouldn't have to waste any water while trying to maintain optimal oral health. Making these simple adjustments can cause a chain effect of water protection that our planet and your wallet deserves.
We can team up with you to maintain your oral hygiene while conserving our planet’s water resources. Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss how we can improve your oral health and help the environment at the same time. We’re located in Transcona, at the corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue. We look forward to seeing you!