It’s amazing how innovative people are. Give them a household or personal-care task that needs solving, make sure that a ready-made solution isn’t available, and see what happens. Toothpaste has a variety of uses when approached with an innovative eye:
Since everyone has toothpaste in their home and everyone knows it’s good for cleaning teeth, it’s not surprising that it has been tried as a cleaner of multiple other things. Try using toothpaste to clean:
Scuff marks on the rubber parts of running shoes and on leather shoes.
The gunk that forms on the plate of your steam iron. Of course, only clean when the iron is cold.
Piano keys: Turn your piano keys from yellow to white again. This works especially well for ivory keys, which can be harmed by most other cleaners.
Crayon marks and other kid-created household stains. Toothpaste is great for walls, sinks, countertops, carpets, and even clothes.
Not only can toothpaste clean things, but it polishes them to a high shine as well.
Jewelry, silverware, and chrome shine up like new with the application of a little toothpaste and elbow grease.
The polishing properties of toothpaste can also remove scratches from glass, CDs, and DVDs.
Other Uses Around the House
Hang posters on your wall by dabbing a bit of toothpaste in the corners. It’s easy to remove and leaves no marks.
Defog goggles, swim masks, and even mirrors by rubbing with toothpaste and wiping off. When you shower, defog the mirror before you start, and it’ll be clear when you’re done.
For Your Body
Soothe burns and stings, stop itchy insect bites, and relieve irritated skin.
Wash your hands with a dab of toothpaste to remove the smell of onion, garlic, and other unpleasant odors.
Make your fingernails and toenails white again. Toothpaste can clean up that yellow tinge they get if you wear nail polish regularly.
Hair-dye stains on your hairline can be removed with a dab of toothpaste.
Clearly, it makes sense to always have toothpaste in the house, and not just for teeth cleaning and dental hygiene. The ingredients in toothpaste that make it so good at cleaning and polishing your teeth can also work wonders on other things around your home.
A Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) recording can take as little as 10 seconds of patient time and less than 2 minutes of a staff member’s time, but the benefits can make a world of difference. A couple years ago, I contributed to an article in Dentistry Today that focused on JVA in routine restorative dentistry, taking into account the urgent need for dental staff individuals to be trained to take accurate, repeatable JVA recordings.
Through proper baseline JVA recordings, patients can be assured that instances of jaw trauma or injury can be detected through comparison. Using these recordings, patients can be provided with accurate care and comfort in their therapy undergoing measures to combat conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea using tools that modify jaw and joint positions as they sleep.
One company that never fails to impress in the field of dental technology is SomnoMed. They are a true industry leader when it comes to creating innovative treatment solutions for sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea.
For example, their SomnoMed MATRx system has created huge leaps in assisting sleep laboratories with their study sessions. The MATRx allows the laboratory to avoid the disruption of a patient’s sleep as it predicts his or her target protrusive position from the control room.
Earlier this year I was honored to speak at SomnoMed’s Client Appreciation Dinner, which was held at Harvard Club of Boston. Over 250 physicians, dentists, and sleep providers attended, all of whom benefited from the clinical research and high manufacturing standards of the company.
I’m continually impressed by the work SomnoMed produces thanks to their great leadership and forward-thinking approach to development.
Back in September, I had the pleasure of speaking at the first-ever JADA Live event, “Dentistry in the Digital Age.” Attendees of the event had the opportunity to hear from leading educators and practitioners on a variety of topics regarding the practice of dentistry in the digital world. My course, “Defining Return on Investment: Making Every Technology Purchase Count,” delved into discovering how to benchmark and set goals for maximum ROI while making investments in new technologies and implementing them into clinical initiatives.
As in any industry it is important to stay informed on advancements in new technologies, and especially in dentistry new clinical initiatives. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to share these emerging innovations with our community and I am looking forward to expanding this program to increase the visibility of these advancements and opportunities in technology within our industry.
I’d like to personally thank Michael D. Springer, Managing VP of Publishing, and the publisher of the JADA, along with marketing genius Carsten Franke, for helping to make this event a reality.
If you’re interested in technology or social media, follow me at Dr. Lou Shuman on Google+ and @LouShuman on Twitter. I am always open to connect and I love posting and sharing anything interesting and helpful.
A cornerstone of my business philosophy is utilizing technological advancements and opportunities to improve and grow dental and orthodontic practices and businesses. Whether that means making better use of your web practices or your actual dental equipment, taking advantage of the improved efficiency of new technology is an absolute must. This is exactly why I’m a huge supporter and proponent of DEXIS—because digital radiography is a vastly improved technology that not only improves clinical technology over film but it is also more cost effective for most practices. I highly recommend using the calculator on their website and reading about the technology to determine if this is an effective product for your practice.