The toothbrush has been around for nearly 5,000 years. “Chew sticks,” bone, wood, ivory and hog bristles all make up the far-reaching history of this instrument of oral health. The nylon bristled toothbrush that we now use was invented in 1938. Today, battery powered toothbrushes are available in addition to manual toothbrushes.
Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean teeth. People who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find a powered toothbrush easier or more comfortable to use. The size and shape of the brush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach all areas easily.
No matter what type of toothbrush you choose, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner daily.
Don’t share toothbrushes. Using someone else’s toothbrush exposes you to another person’s body fluids and potential germs, which could make you sick. People with compromised immune systems or who are sick with something they could pass on to another person should take special care to use only their own toothbrush.
Rinse your toothbrush after brushing. Give it a thorough washing to remove any leftover toothpaste or debris.
Store your toothbrush in an upright position. When you’re done brushing, try to store it standing straight up and allow it to air-dry until your next brushing. If there’s more than one brush in the same holder, try to keep them as separate as possible to prevent cross-contamination.
Keep your toothbrush out in the open. Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment, such as a closed container, is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Bristles that become frayed and worn with use and will be less effective at cleaning teeth. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes. Look for toothbrushes that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Toothpaste is a master multitasker, capable of polishing gemstones, buffing bowls, smoothing scratches and so much more. Here's what it can do for you!
Don't you hate when your new kicks have fresh marks? "Toothpaste is great for getting scuff marks off sneakers," says Barbara Reich, owner of the organizing Resourceful Consultants. "Just a little dot will go a long way, so start small and add more if needed."
Remove crayons from walls
Toothpaste will make crayon marks disappear . Spread over the artwork, scrub, then rinse with water. The abrasives in the toothpaste will easily get your wall back to normal."
Help you hang art
Now that your walls are crayon-free, use a dab of basic toothpaste (no whiteners or fresh strips) on the back corners to press lightweight posters, collages and other mementos into position. (Decent hold and no holes!) And for frames backed by teeth hangers or picture hooks, toothpaste can be used to determine where to position and pound the nail.
Fill wall holes
In a pinch, plain white toothpaste can also be used in lieu of Spackle to patch holes left by pins, nails, screws, etc. It's not really a permanent solution, and will probably make real repairs trickier down the line, so use this method only if you don't plan to stick around (and your landlord deserves it).
If you've been a teenager, you've gone to with toothpaste on your face. But have you tried blending it with crushed aspirin? Aspirin is derived from willow bark, the same source for salicylic acid, a popular acne fighter. So the former dries the pimple up, the latter fosters cellular turnover and decreased inflammation.
Brighten your nails
Whitening peroxide toothpastes can restore luster to nails discolored and yellowed by dark polishes. Use a nailbrush or unused toothbrush to scrub the stains away — really get in there, especially under the nails. Follow up with a nice lemon juice soak.
Beautiful digits demand more beautiful bling, right? Make your best friends shimmer by using toothpaste and a very soft toothbrush to your diamonds. Your diamonds will shine in just minutes !
Polish the silver
From tarnished picture frames to dingy jewelry, a thorough tumble with old-school white toothpaste (gel formulas don't really work) will cause tarnish to literally rub off your hands, blacken your brush and turn your polishing cloth gray. Follow with a good rinse and buff dry.
Clean your toilet
In less than 30 seconds, you can shine up the inside rim and bowl or your porcelain throne, sans toxic chemicals. This is also a fantastic way to use up barely-used toothpastes.
Return your blackened grout to its original light gray color using sudsy, whitening paste and a toothbrush. If you about speed (and your arms, back, knees), consider using an electric. Use a rag to wipe up the toothpaste muck as you go, since it's way harder to clean once it dries all crusty.
Remove water rings
No coasters? No problem. Removing water rings on wood furniture by a gentle rub of white, non-gel toothpaste. Focus on the ring only, since toothpaste can potentially damage a wood finish.
Toothpaste was made to help eliminate stinky food odors, and it can do the same for baby bottles, thermoses and other containers that have gone ripe. Simply scrub, using it in place of . For the same reason, toothpaste can quickly eradicate garlic, onion, curry and other potent food smells from your hands.