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Toothpaste is primarily used for oral hygiene to clean teeth, freshen breath, and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. As a board-certified orthodontist and mom, I know that toothpaste is very important!

After I put braces on, I go over specific brushing and flossing techniques to make sure my patients are successful in their orthodontic journey and are on their way to “Flaunting their ‘Feinest’ smile.” Toothpaste takes away staining, eliminates plaque, and changes the pH of your mouth so that your enamel stays healthy and strong.

Bet you didn’t know your toothpaste could do this…

There are many uses for toothpaste beyond just brushing your teeth. Some of these include:

  • Cleaning: Toothpaste can be used to clean items such as silverware, jewelry, and even car headlights.
  • Acne treatment: Some toothpastes contain ingredients such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide that can help dry out pimples and reduce redness.
  • Whitening: Some toothpastes contain mild abrasives that can help remove surface stains and improve the overall appearance of teeth.
  • Bug bites: Toothpaste can be used to soothe the itching and pain of insect bites.
  • Relief for burns: A small amount of toothpaste can be applied to minor burns to help soothe the skin and reduce pain.
  • Cleaning walls and baseboards: Toothpaste can be used to remove scuffs and marks from walls and baseboards.
  • Removing crayon marks: Toothpaste can be used to remove crayon marks from walls and other surfaces.

It’s important to note that I am an orthodontist, so these other uses for toothpaste are not actually its intended use! It’s always best to do your own research before using toothpaste for purposes beyond oral hygiene.

Dr. Rachel Feinstein is a specialty-trained, board-certified orthodontist. Her expertise in treating young children and adults allows her to improve your and your children’s health and smile in an esthetic and efficient manner that integrates into your lifestyle. Dr. Feinstein practices in Chesterfield, Virginia treating orthodontic patients from Chesterfield, Mosely, Midlothian, Richmond, Chester, and Henrico County.

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