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Caring For Your Toothbrush Gainesville, GA

You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth, right? Well, if you cannot remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, the chances of your toothbrush doing a very good job at cleaning your teeth are slim. It is essential that you use a clean tool to care for your mouth.

Below are tips on caring for your toothbrush so that it does its job well:

  • Rinse your toothbrush after each use. Your toothbrush is a tool that was designed to brush away bacteria-laden plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Bacteria and food particles become trapped between the bristles of your toothbrush with each use, so it is necessary to rinse your toothbrush well to avoid putting the bacteria back into your mouth. Rinse your toothbrush under fast, running water after each use to rinse away lingering particles.
  • Allow your toothbrush to air dry in an upright position. As with all bacteria, oral bacteria thrive in moist environments. By storing your toothbrush in an up-right position, it will air dry much faster and eliminate a moist environment. It is also necessary to keep your toothbrush uncovered so that it dries as quickly as possible. If you must cover your toothbrush for travel, make sure it is dry before you pack it.
  • Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. In bathrooms where there is not a door separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom, it is imperative that you keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. With every flush of the toilet, overspray enters the air and lands on whatever is nearby. This overspray contains urine and fecal matter – which you do not want landing on your toothbrush.
  • Do not share your toothbrush. Remember, your toothbrush is a tool that removes bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth and some of it becomes trapped on the toothbrush. If you are sharing a toothbrush with someone else, you are simply putting their plaque inside your mouth – which is very gross.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. Even with proper care, your toothbrush will have bacterial buildup over time. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush ever 3-6 months to ensure that you are using a clean tool for cleaning your teeth.
  • Replace your toothbrush after illness. Germs can linger for a week or longer on any surface, including your toothbrush. In order to avoid re-infection, it is important to replace your toothbrush after a cold, the flu, strep, a stomach bug, or any other illness.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we want to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We will have a new toothbrush ready for you!

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

1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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