Basalt Dentist Shares 6 Great Uses for Your Old Toothbrush

Basalt Dentist Shares 6 Great Uses for Your Old Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is one of the most important tools in maintaining excellent oral health and a beautiful smile. (The other? Floss, of course!)  In order to do its job well, your toothbrush has to be in top shape. When its bristles start to weaken, it’s time to make a switch. But as we tell patients at our Basalt dentist office, that doesn’t mean you need to throw your old toothbrush away. There are many ways you can give it a second life!

Recycling Your Toothbrush: Favorite Uses from Your Basalt Dentist

To ensure you get the maximum benefit from brushing, we encourage you to change your toothbrush every three months. Here are some great ways to use the old one:

  1. A quick clean for dirty nails. If you’ve got gunk under and around your fingernails, a toothbrush is perfect for whisking it away.
  2. Getting after grout. The shape and size of a toothbrush head makes it a great choice for cleaning the grout in your shower. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was made for the job!
  3. Keyboard cleaning. Studies show that computer keyboards are some of the dirtiest surfaces we come into contact with. A toothbrush works great for giving them a quick scrub to remove the crumbs that always seem to accumulate there.
  4. Artistic pursuits. Want to create some unique markings in the clay you’re working with? Looking to apply some paint with something other than a paintbrush? A toothbrush is the perfect addition to your art supply kit.
  5. Jewelry touch-ups. How many times have you looked at your ring, bracelet, or necklace and notice little bits of dust and debris that are dulling its shine? The firmness of toothbrush bristles seems to be just right for giving these items a gentle cleaning.
  6. Love your lips. Some people use an old toothbrush to handle the delicate task of exfoliating dead skin from chapped lips.

Staying on Top of Your Oral Health

Brushing and flossing twice daily, replacing your toothbrush periodically, and seeing your dentist regularly are the keys to optimal oral health. To make an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, in our Basalt dentist office, call 970-279-5647 or connect with us online at

We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.