Mystery: why no toothpaste?

Monday 28 April 2008This is 15 years old. Be careful.

Here’s something I don’t understand: why do hotels provide all sorts of little bottles of bathroom stuff, but they don’t give you toothpaste? At the hotel we stayed at in New York over the weekend, they gave us shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, and mouthwash. So why not toothpaste?

BTW: this question reminds me of David Weinberger’s Daily Open-Ended Puzzles.

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Perhaps they googled hotel and toothpaste :)
Very good question. I have seen this in all North American hotels as far as I can remember. I'm actually pretty surprised to see toothbrushes and toothpaste provided in hotels in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan!

There's gotta be some sort of explanation for this :)
For a weird twist, try asking the front desk for toothpaste.

I've had luck at three different hotels over the past few years (once when I traveled late the day the new liquids rules were enacted and TSA tossed my toothpaste; and twice when I merely forgot to pack it). It seems that hotels have complimentary toothpaste, but don't put it in the rooms. It's probably a cost thing.
I had similar experiences to dak, I found if I went to the front desk they would give you a small tube of toothpaste, but there wouldn't be any included in the room.
Perhaps it's because cockroaches, "eat household items such as soap, glue and toothpaste" [-]

That explains why they don't offer glue, too. So the real mystery is, "why do hotels provide soap???" ;)
I'm with you on this - it has really annoyed me on more than one occasion.

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