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Are Your Brushing Habits Up to Par? Gainesville, GA
Gainesville GA General Dentist

Brushing your teeth is something you’ve been doing every day since you were a child. Just like other habits, you’re probably very set in your ways when it comes to how you brush. However, for the sake of your smile health, it is best to check your tooth brushing methods to ensure they are up to par. You may be engaging in some habits that are doing more harm than good?

When it comes to brushing your teeth, ask yourself the following questions:

Am I brushing with a fluoride toothpaste?

First and foremost, you need to be using the right cleaning product – or toothpaste. It needs to contain fluoride and have the ADA seal of approval to pass the test.

Am I brushing too hard?

Contrary to popular belief, scrubbing harder does not mean better cleaning. When it comes to removing food debris and plaque from your teeth, a firm but gentle pressure is all that is needed. Brushing too hard can cause gum recession and enamel erosion.

Is my toothbrush current?

You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles start to fray.

Am I brushing for two minutes, twice a day?

Set a timer and check yourself. Are you maintaining the task for a full two minutes? If not, up your game and your smile will thank you.

Is my toothbrush stored properly?

In order to prevent bacteria accumulation and growth, you should store your toothbrush in an upright position. Make sure the bristles are exposed to allow the air to dry it out. Lastly, make sure your toothbrush is kept at least six feet away from the toilet to prevent airborne particles from latching on to your bristles!

Does my tongue get brushed too?

If you aren’t brushing your tongue, you may have found the answer to your bad breath. Millions of bacteria live within dark moist grooves of your tongue. Make sure you are taking the time to scrub all surfaces of your tongue before you complete your brushing job.

How did you do?

Did you find a way to improve your brushing habits? If you haven’t already done so, switching to an electric toothbrush can also enhance this important cleaning regime. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming you can brush less since you have a powered version!

For more tooth brushing tips or to schedule your next professional dental cleaning, call Gainesville Dental Group. We love caring for your smile!

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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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!

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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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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

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