Unusual & Alternative Uses for Dental Care Items

Alternative Uses For Dental Hygiene Products

Flossing, brushing, and rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash are all extremely important for good hygiene and oral health along with keeping up with your regular check-ups. But there are other incredibly interesting and unique ways to use toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash too!

Dental Floss

  • Looking to make a clean cut in your cake or soft cheese? Skip the knife and try the floss. Use a new piece of floss for each cut (or wipe off the strand between cuts).
  • Skip the spatula. Try sliding floss under baked goods to get them to evenly peel off.
  • Out of thread? Use floss to sew on a button or patch up a hole. It is strong and waterproof.
  • Floss can also be used to hang frames, ornaments, and decorations.
  • Can’t get that pesky dirt out from those tiny cracks in furniture? Use floss!


Use a less-expensive, mild stain fighting toothpaste for the below tips and tricks.

  • Ivory piano keys can be brightened with a little tooth brushing and a wipe down. This also works on modern, non-ivory piano keys.
  • Get rid of those annoying carpet stains. Brush, rinse, and repeat until the stain is gone.
  • Erase crayon on painted walls with some toothpaste and a clean, damp cloth.
  • Headlights hazy? Wipe them down, then add a glob of toothpaste and buff them clean. You’d be surprised how bright your headlights actually shine.
  • Gently brush the screen of your unprotected phone or watch to lessen scratches.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and small dab of toothpaste to polish silver and brass.


  • For a toothache, try dabbing some Listerine on the aching area. This can actually help to numb the pain.
  • Soak your toothbrush in mouthwash to get rid of germs. (Don’t forget to get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months)
  • Put some mouthwash on a bruise to increase blood flow and shorten the longevity of the discolored area.
  • Looking to get rid of dandruff or prevent lice? Rub mouthwash on your scalp, then wash and rinse your hair.
  • Apply it to a bee or wasp sting to help relieve the pain more quickly.
  • Having issues with nail fungus? Use a cotton ball to apply mouthwash to the infected area a few times a day. Results may take weeks, but it is well worth the fight.
    • Mouthwash can also help athlete’s foot via this application method. A stinging sensation is to be expected.
  • In a pinch? Use a bit of mouthwash as deodorant.
  • Dilute clear mouthwash, and add some into your wash to kill germs in clothes and the washing machine.

Who knew these oral hygiene products were so multi-functioning with a host of incredible uses? When in a pinch or emergency, go to the bathroom and try one of these tips out. You should always have a toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, and toothpaste around the house. If not, go stock up! Have a trick that you’d like to share? Let us know. And while you’re at it, why not schedule your next routine check-up using our easy to use online form.