Turning off the tap when cleaning your teeth could save over 12 litres of water per person.
Research conducted by Save Water
Save Money and the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed that 64 per cent of 7 to 10 year olds admitted to leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth. But also revealed was that in homes using a water-saving aid, only six per cent of 7 to 10 year olds left the tap running, saving over 4,230 litres of water in the process.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “Many people believe after brushing their teeth they should rinse their mouth with water, when in fact it is better for oral health to spit the toothpaste out. This ensures that the fluoride found in most toothpastes will remain on the teeth and therefore continues to remain effective.”
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