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The Burning Question: When do you put water on your toothbrush?

Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


This week: Discussing the various methods of brushing one’s teeth the other day, our staff writers had an unhealthy level of disagreement about when the tap should be used in the process. Before the toothpaste goes on, said one side.

imageImage: Toothbrush/Shutterstock

Others insisted H2O should not be deployed until after the toothpaste has been loaded.

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imageImage: Toothbrush/Shutterstock

When do you put water on your toothbrush?

Poll Results:

Before and after the toothpaste (2612)
After the toothpaste (2330)
There's no need for water (1895)
Before the toothpaste (1049)
I've no idea what you're on about (305)

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