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You’ll Never Believe What You Can Do With Your Old Toothbrush

May 18, 2018 ABC Children's Dentistry

Using a toothbrush at least twice daily is an essential path to good oral health. It helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. However, what do you do with your old brush after buying a new one?

You may be surprised at the number of incredible uses for old toothbrushes. We’ll talk about it in this issue.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Because the toothbrush bristles will wear down, the American Dental Association recommends getting a new brush every 3-4 months. In a previous blog entry, we shared tips for selecting the right toothbrush for your child.

What can I do with my old toothbrush?

Rather than simply putting your old toothbrush in the trash bin, keep it for the below household uses. To get it ready, soak it in hot water and 1 cap of household bleach to clean it.

  1. Use your brush to clean your computer keyboard.
    Toothbrush bristles are perfect for getting the gunk out from the nooks and crannies of your computer keyboard.
  2. Clean your kitchen appliances.
    Making sure that the bristles are dry, use them to clean kitchen appliances, like toasters, coffee machines, microwaves, chopping board, etc.
  3. Get rid of stains on your clothes.
    Simply apply a bit of stain remover on the desired spot and gently scrub the area with your old toothbrush.
  4. Clean grime from tiles.
    Whether you want to clean the tiles on your floor or in the bathroom, this trick will work on tiles practically anywhere in the house. Just mix baking soda and water to make a paste, and use it to clean the grime between the tiles.
  5. Make your taps sparkle.
    The sink area can be tricky to clean. To make your taps sparkles, dip your old toothbrush into white vinegar and gently scrub around the taps.

For compassionate and fun pediatric dental care in San Diego, call ABC Children’s Dentistry.

We’re all about making sure your child’s teeth are healthy and strong. Since each child is different, our approach is customized to fit the unique individual dental needs of your child.

Our number is 858-780-9794. In addition, you can reach us online and via email.