Dear Readers: How long has it been since you’ve CHANGED YOUR TOOTHBRUSH? What about if you’ve had a cold or the flu?
Should you change it when you feel better? The American Dental Association (www.ada.org) says yes, and here are some other suggestions:
* Replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months. If you’ve been ill, the ADA says that would be a good time to change out your toothbrush as well.
* Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water, and let it air-dry after each use.
* Don’t store your toothbrush for a long period wrapped in a sealed container.
Sharing toothbrushes with someone else is not a good idea. Duh! Yuck, and double yuck! -- Heloise
P.S.: When toothbrushes are on sale, buy a couple of extra ones! It’s a cheap investment in good dental health.
Dear Readers: Avis in Smithfield, Maine, sent a picture of her light-brown toy poodle, Buffy, with a pacifier in her mouth! Buffy got the idea from Avis’s granddaughter, Alex. When Alex fell one day, Buffy brought her the “binky” to comfort her. Avis says, “Dogs are so smart and loving.” To see Buffy and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: As a longtime pet rescuer, I’ve become aware that there is an increase in found and lost pets during wintertime. It’s easy for pets to slip out during these times.
After the holidays, I’d like to remind the finders to post notices, check for microchips and look around the area for “lost pet” signs. Many rescue organizations and shelters can tell you about lost-and-found listings on the Internet, and, of course, the newspaper is a great resource.
Pets do get lost. Let’s try to get them back home. Thanks. -- Lynnie, via e-mail
Woof, woof! Daisy (a tan Chihuahua), our office mascot who is a rescue dog, agrees. She comes to work daily and adds many smiles for us! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Cleaning vases with narrow necks? The easiest way is to use a denture-cleaner tablet. Fill a vase with water and drop in a couple of tablets. Give it time to work, then rinse, and it is clean. -- Nancy S., Fort Pierce, Fla.
Hello, Heloise: Through the years, I have used many hints from both you and your mom. So, here is a hint from me:
Most business cards are printed on nice paper. Unused business cards make great gift tags. I glue two business cards back to back, hiding the business information. Then the small tabs can be decorated as you desire. With a simple hole punch and some ribbon, you have individual name tags. I read you in The Villages Daily Sun in The Villages, Fla. Thanks for all your information. -- Jean Holder, via e-mail
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