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5 Places To Donate Your Extra Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

Do you have a drawer stuffed with unopened personal care items? Your clutter — the mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from hotels; tiny soaps from your travels; samples of dental floss and travel-size toothpaste from your dentist visits'; more extra toothbrushes than you could use in any reasonable amount of time — can help people in need. Instead of hanging onto these items "just in case," find a place near you where you can donate them to people who need them right now. Your bathroom shelves will be lighter, and your community will be stronger.

Need for Personal Care Items

Many people need a helping hand to get back on their feet. But government assistance doesn't cover necessities such as laundry soap, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, and more. Hygiene helps us all feel confident to succeed. And for kids from low-income families or job seekers trying to secure employment, not having access to personal care products makes hygiene hard — when it doesn't need to be.

Oral hygiene products in particular can help support the overall health of people without access to personal care products. Especially for people who may not get to the dentist very often, donated oral health products can make a big difference. For example, regular brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque from hardening into tartar deposits that requires a dental visit to remove.

Where You Can Give

Donate your clean, unopened, unexpired personal care items and make a difference in lives in your own community. But first, you need to find someplace to donate them. Read on for five ideas to get you started.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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