At Lonsdale Dental Centre in North Vancouver, we recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for at least three minutes and at least twice a day as part of a healthy oral health care routine, but did you know you can also use toothpaste around the house?

Read on for the 10 things you can do with toothpaste – aside from achieving excellent oral health care:

  • Fix Insect Bites

Standard non-gel toothpaste can help relieve the itch from an insect bite and keep you from scratching at the site. Try it!

  • Sanitize Hands

In a pinch, toothpaste (and a little water) is a great hand sanitizer. As a bonus, if you’ve just chopped onions or garlic, you can neutralize the odour with a bit of toothpaste/water.

  • Fix Nail Holes

Nail holes generally require professional putty to fix but with a little bit of inexpensive toothpaste, you can fill in the hole and touch up with paint afterward.

  • Clean your Diamond Ring

By scrubbing your diamond ring with a little bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush, you could have your diamond looking as if you had just bought it!

  • Help relieve burns

Always out of aloe? Put toothpaste on your burn right after it happens to help relieve the stinging sensation.

  • Removes crayon from wall paint

Little one been drawing on the walls again? Get a damp rag with a little bit of toothpaste on it and simply wipe away the residue.

  • Put up posters

Forget tape or thumb tacks, simply put a dab of toothpaste on the back of posters to hang it without damaging the wall.

  • Treat Acne

It is only recommended to use this tip at most once a week, but by putting a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple before bed, it should be cleared up by morning!

  • Remove scratches on glassware

Polish your scratched glasses with a dab of toothpaste and they should look like new instantly!

  • Prevent fog in goggles

Many swimmers swear by toothpaste for keeping their goggles free of fog. Simply wipe it on, clean it off and enjoy a fog-free view.

However, don’t forget toothpaste’s most important role! Brush twice daily, floss regularly and visit Lonsdale Dental Centre in North Vancouver for a fantastically healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off!

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