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Turn off Tap when brushing

23rd May 2012

Every little bit helps.

Turning off the tap when cleaning your teeth could save over 12 litres of water per person, according to new research.tap

The research, conducted by Save Water Save Money and the British Dental Health Foundation for National Smile Month, has revealed that nearly two thirds (64%) of 7 to 10 year olds admitted to leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth.

The research has also shown that in homes using a water-saving aid, only six per cent of 7 to 10 year olds left the tap running, saving more than 4,230 litres of water in the process.

The Foundation and Save Water Save Money are encouraging people to think about saving water as well as saving their teeth during the Foundation's annual campaign, National Smile Month.

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 continue to remain effective.

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