How to recycle dental gold

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How to recycle dental gold
Recycling dental gold is a popular way to earn extra cash. (Gold Nugget image by roger from

Dental gold is one of the most popular forms of gold used for recycling and earning extra cash. Dental gold can be found anywhere from your Aunt Linda's attic to your local pawn shop. You can do a few things before recycling dental gold to get the most money possible.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dental gold scrap
  • Toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Plastic sandwich bags
  • Permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Prepare your dental scraps for evaluation. You may need to clean them first. Dip a toothbrush in baking soda and then in water and start brushing the gold scraps. Rinse the scraps carefully in water once all visible grime and particles are gone.

  2. 2

    Find a jeweller in your area who can determine the carat value of your scrap dental gold. You may get more information by taking your scraps to more than one jeweller.

  3. 3

    Talk to your jeweller about dental gold recycling; local jewellers know gold dealers in your area and can point you in the right direction. It is in your best interest to shop around for scrap gold dealers and get more than one offer.

  4. 4

    Bundle all of your cleaned scrap dental gold into groups on the basis of carat value. Place the dental gold into separate plastic bags labelled with the appropriate carat value. Take your gold to local gold dealers for an appraisal of sale value. You can also send your gold to Internet-based dealers if you're not satisfied with local offers.

Tips and warnings

  • Do sufficient research before doing business with unfamiliar individuals.

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