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Tips for Conserving Water While Brushing Your Teeth

Keeping your teeth clean can mean using a lot of water. But should it really be that way?

Think back on the last time you brushed your teeth and how much water you used. It’s a lot! 

At Parkland Mall Dental, as part of Red Deer’s water conservation initiative, along with Colgate’s #EveryDropCounts campaign, we feel it is our responsibility and privilege to raise awareness about easy water conservation methods that can make a difference in your community’s environment.

Brush Clean, Save Water! 5 Easy Tips to Follow

When it comes to helping the environment, making a difference can seem a bit daunting as you wonder how your individual actions count. But even making small changes to your everyday routine can mean all the difference when more and more people join in.

Here are 5 ways to start conserving water during your daily routine of brushing your teeth:

  1. Turn off the tap: This is by far one of the most effective methods for conserving water when brushing your teeth. By only turning on the tap as needed and keeping water flow as low as possible, you can reduce the amount of water used while brushing, significantly. 
  2. Rinse from a cup: By measuring out your water in a cup before brushing your teeth and limiting your use to just what is in that cup, you will greatly conserve water. This is also more sanitary than using your hands or drinking straight from the faucet. 
  3. Adjust your water pressure: By installing a water pressure reducing valve in your home’s system, you can significantly reduce your family’s overall consumption. Not only is this better for the environment, but it will also save you money on your utilities bill.
  4. Install an aerator: Aerators can be installed on any tap in your home. They introduce air bubbles into the water to reduce the overall amount flowing through the tap. Most taps have a water output of 5.6 litres or more per minute. By using an aerator, you can reduce that output to below 3.7 litres. By some estimates, you can reduce your water use by up to 60% with this method.
  5. Use mouthwash: By using mouthwash instead of water to rinse after brushing your teeth, you not only use less water, but also improve your overall oral hygiene.

Conserving water doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. The next time you visit your local dentist in Red Deer, ask about more methods for reducing your water use while still maintaining excellent oral care habits.

To book your next consultation, call Parkland Mall Dental at 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form. We are currently taking new patients, so please don’t hesitate to ask how we can help you.