There's no dental industry-wide consensus so far on the matter. Dentist Dr. Steven Golubow in Macon, Georgia, brushes in the shower. Like many other experts, he just wants people brushing better and more often, and doesn't really care where it happens. "Most of my patients don't brush twice a day for two minutes, so I advocate anything that will increase health oral hygiene habits," he says in an email.
He's not paranoid in his assessment, either. A 2014 Delta Dental survey found that only 69 percent of Americans brush their teeth the recommended two times a day, leaving 31 percent with subpar dental hygiene practices. The study also showed that 91 percent of Americans brush over the bathroom sink, while only 4 percent brush in the shower. However, Americans between 18 and 44 were twice as likely to brush in the shower as older Americans -- a fact has inspired products like the one below:
Dr. Golubow suggests that shower-brushers keep an extra brush sinkside. "Having to retrieve your tooth brush from the shower may lead to skipping the bedtime brush which is the most important. They say you brush your teeth in the morning to keep your friends and at night to keep your teeth."
Sophia Borghese, with Southern Dental Care in New Orleans, emails that "brushing teeth in the shower can mean one of two things other than efficiency: bacteria buildup on one's toothbrush, or an unthorough tooth brushing."
Sometimes, she says, people who brush their teeth in the shower may not pay much attention to what they're doing. "When brushing while washing hair, it's easy to miss spots that need to be brushed. For instance, the back teeth and tongue."