Why is toothpaste scuz now black?

Barb Verbos
by Barb Verbos
Not to be gross, but you know the toothpaste dregs that drip down from your brush when it's in the stand? Well after a lifetime of white-ish, toothpaste colored buildup, lately it's been black! Has something changed in our water? Nothing else is any different, brand of toothpaste is the same. Any plumbers out there with an idea for me?

  5 answers
  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jul 17, 2017
    Many dental professionals recommend changing your toothbrush about every three months, and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Jul 17, 2017
    I don't know why it is now turning black. Like Molly said, maybe it is time to change the toothbrush. You can put it once in a while in a glass of warm water with a false dental cleaning product like polident or so. Or just put it with your knives and forks in the dishwasher. Fact is, whatever turns black could not be very healthy to put in your mouth.

  • Barb Verbos Barb Verbos on Jul 17, 2017
    Well, I DO that. So it must be something else. There is nothing black IN my toothbrush. It's a mystery!

  • Jodi Murray Hendon Jodi Murray Hendon on Jul 17, 2017
    This sounds like mold. I wash my toothbrush holder every so often with hot water, and I put a plastic soap drainer underneath it with a paper towel underneath that. And like everybody said, don't use a toothbrush longer than a few months.

  • After each use, I pour hydrogen peroxide over the head of my toothbrush then place in cabinet head up to dry propely. Change my brush every 2 months. Just to satisfy yourself, purchase a home water testing kit from the home improvement or hardware store.