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Do You Brush Your Teeth in the Shower?

After singer Kelly Clarkson admitted that she pees in the shower, almost 2,000 of you confessed that you handle your business in there, too. We were pretty surprised at the sheer amount of you who participated in that poll — it's been one of our most popular ones yet.

It got us talking about what other things people take care of in the shower — as for me, I brush my teeth in there. Since I heard there may be bacteria in my shower head I've been thinking twice about it, but I don't drink the water so I'm probably OK. Tell me . . .

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staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I don't. Not because I think shower water is icky or anything (we have pretty good water in the dorms), but mostly because I don't want to spit on the shower floor or get toothpaste dribbles all over. Otherwise, I'd probably end up doing it.
tiffanytatum tiffanytatum 7 years
My roommate used to this, and I thought it was weird.. All of a sudden, I realized I was doing it too.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
GlowingMoon - how long does it take for you to brush? I thought I was bad and it takes me about 3 or 4 minutes. It's okay if you are slightly OCD with that (I am too), a clean mouth is always worth it!
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 7 years
no! I just think its gross because I like using cold water to brush...just preference I guess
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
Just voted "No" for the sake of voting "No." I don't really want to brush my teeth in the shower.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I don't. Just habit I suppose.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. That's because cleaning my teeth is an involved process, and I prefer doing it front of a mirror. I use a regular toothbrush, a small tooth brush, a proxy brush, rubber tip, floss, an irrigation syringe, mouthwash, etc. -- ALL dental cleaning tools (and products) known to man. LOL :) I am NEUROTIC (read: borderline OCD) when it comes to cleaning my teeth. LOL :) AND I do this ritual after EVERY meal. :)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
@ Anon 14: perhaps you should not call people a word you cannot spell.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I would not do this because I can turn the water off at the sink, and chances are I'm not going to turn the shower off while I brush my teeth in the shower and so for me it's wasting more water for little savings in time. I do whiten my teeth while showering though!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I only wash my face body and hair in the shower. My face wash is the only thing that I keep in there that I have to do two places. I don't want to have to "store" a toothbrush and toothpaste in there. Plus I brush before I go to the gym, and shower after.. I think everyone is happiest that way :)
kandeli1026 kandeli1026 7 years
I don't see the harm in brushing your teeth in the shower, though I don't do it myself. I may give it a try, but I'm pretty sure if the shower water was bad the water from the sink would be bad too.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No, I don't brush in the shower. Mostly because I don't like the idea of using hot water to brush my teeth. Plus, I like to look in the mirror while I do it. And I also don't like the idea of splattering toothpaste all over my shower.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
never tried. i don't think it's gross but i don't shower every day. and when I do, I'm too busy shampooing etc. besides, all my tooth gear is on the sink, perfectly accessible.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
No, but not because it's gorss... because I like to read magazines while I brush my teeth. I know - I'm weird ! I brush for 30 sec in each quadrant and reading/ leafing through a mag makes the 2 min go by faster.
katieb82981 katieb82981 7 years
I think it's gross but not because of the shower water -- I just imagine the mess I would make if I was trying to brush my teeth while showering -- toothpaste everywhere!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
No, but it has nothing to do with grossness. I just don't shower in the evening every day and I don't like brushing with warm water (which is what I use in the shower). I don't really think brushing in the shower saves water. If you brush there, the water is pouring for the time that you brush at a heavier flow than the sink would. Plus, in the sink, it's easy to turn it off while you brush and turn back only to rinse. If you do this in the shower you're standing there cold and naked... :)
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I don't, but not because it's gross, but because I shower before I eat dinner...
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I definitely did this in college when I had to haul all my bathroom stuff around with me, but I don't do it anymore. Not because I'm grossed by it or anything, I just don't keep my toothbrush and toothpaste in the shower anymore!
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I agree with you, everything being sterile is no good. I don't brush my teeth in the shower though, because I use both hands to make myself clean, and I brush them for quite longer than my showers are.
rivekkah rivekkah 7 years
I've done this since college. :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
is shower water really that much worse for you than water from the sink? same source, likely the same pipes.... ugh I firmly believe that the sanitation of everything we eat/touch/etc is going to make us UNhealthier in the future. give me a little bit of lead, give me some bacteria, my body is an incredible machine and will work it out.
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