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Is it Time to Replace Your Toothbrush? Gainesville, GA

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, brushing your teeth each day is a non-negotiable task. In fact, you need to be brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each session. If you are doing the job right, you’ll understand what a toll this can take on your toothbrush. Are you honoring or even paying attention to your toothbrush? It’s one of the most important tools you have in your household!

One of the best ways we can care for our toothbrushes is knowing when they need to be replaced. Whether you use a manual or electric version, toothbrushes have a set lifespan. The bristles that work so hard to clear away food debris, bacteria and plaque will eventually suffer wear and tear. While you can maximize the lifespan of your toothbrush by rinsing it and storing it properly, you’ll still need to consider replacing it when the time comes.

When to Change Your Toothbrush

So when is it time to replace your toothbrush? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. This is the average amount of time it takes for a toothbrush to wear out and lose its effectiveness in removing plaque from teeth and gums. Additionally, germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles.

If it’s been 3 months, go ahead and purchase a new toothbrush. However, you should consider replacing your toothbrush even sooner if you notice the following:

  • Worn or frayed bristles
  • Discoloration – stains or mold
  • Recent sickness – cold or infection

The Risk of Not Replacing Your Toothbrush

Still not convinced you really need to throw that toothbrush away after three months? There are serious matters at stake if you neglect this important oral hygiene tool for tool. First and foremost, bacteria is more likely to have accumulated on the bristled after an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, reintroducing oral bacteria into your mouth when you brush means you could do more damage than good with your toothbrush, including gum disease, decay, sickness, bad breath and other issues.

Ask Your Dentist

At Gainesville Dental Group, we typically see our patients twice a year. That leaves 363 days of the year for you to carry out your dental care at home. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to advise you about your oral hygiene products – especially your toothbrush. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

The Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401
Monday & Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

Our Patient Reviews

Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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Contact Us

426 Spring St SE
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.