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Beyond the Teeth? Other Uses for Toothpaste

Did you know that toothpaste has many applications beyond fighting tooth decay and keeping your pearly whites white? As a matter of fact, toothpaste has dozens of different uses, and some of them may really surprise you. In this blog, Dr. Caracioni details eight alternative ways people use toothpaste besides taking care of their teeth.

  • Clearing Up Pimples. Toothpaste has long been touted as a way to clear up acne and other blemishes. Many brands of toothpaste contain hydrogen peroxide and antibacterial agents that dry out the blemish and the skin around it, but toothpaste is not a legitimate way to treat your skin concerns! Dr. Caracioni suggests making an appointment with your dermatologist instead!
  • Cleaning. Toothpaste’s abrasive qualities make it a popular choice for cleaning everything from sinks to sneakers. A little toothpaste on a rag or brush goes a long way and reaches deep in cracks and crevices to make items new again.
  • Polishing. Toothpaste brings back the shine of metal items like stainless steel appliances, doorknobs, and silver pieces, including jewelry. Add a dab of toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub on for a new shine. Toothpaste is also safe to polish diamonds and other gems, but should not be used on softer items, like pearls.
  • Mending Media. Some people have had great luck using toothpaste to buff out superficial scratches on DVDs and CDs. A little dab goes a long way on a soft cloth. Gently rub out the scratch and get back to enjoying your favorite movies or music in no time.
  • Deodorizing. Brushing a little toothpaste onto plastic containers that have retained food odors helps to remove stinky smells and freshen them up. Allow the toothpaste to sit in the container overnight, and then run through the dishwasher. This also works to remove smells after handling items like garlic and onions. Scrub your fingers and hands with toothpaste, then rinse with soap and water.
  • Getting gum out of hair. Toothpaste contains agents designed to break down the sugars in the mouth that occur as a byproduct of digestion in order to prevent tooth decay. These agents also work on gum. Apply toothpaste to the gum and wait just a bit – then you’ll be able to lift the gum out easily.
  • Repairing walls. If you have small holes last over from hanging pictures, toothpaste is good to patch in a pinch. You can even paint over it. Also, toothpaste is a great way to remove crayon from walls, but we suggest you spot check, so you do not ruin your finish.
  • Brightening your headlights. Some toothpaste on a rag helps to buff out headlights that have dulled from driving. The same works on old cell phone screens, too, that dulled from use or damage.

While toothpaste has some pretty unique alternative uses, Dr. Caracioni and everyone at Enchanted Smiles agrees its best use is its original intention – to clean the teeth and help fight against tooth decay! Schedule your dental check up with Dr. Caracioni today at 785.783.0741!