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Your toothbrush is a tool that you use to clean your mouth. however, have you ever stopped to think about how clean your toothbrush really is? If you are using a dirty, old toothbrush, the chances of it doing a good job cleaning your teeth are pretty slim.

Here are helpful tips in caring for your toothbrush so that it cares for you:

Rinse your toothbrush well after each use. Your toothbrush is designed to help brush away bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth. As you brush your teeth, plaque will become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. In order to prevent putting this same plaque back into your mouth, it is necessary to rinse your toothbrush well under fast, running water after each use. This will help to remove plaque and food particles that are trapped inside the bristles and clean your toothbrush before its next use.

Store your toothbrush upright, allowing it to air dry. As with all bacteria, oral bacteria thrive in moist conditions. By storing your toothbrush in an upright position, it will dry faster, eliminating the likelihood for bacterial growth. It is also essential that you keep your toothbrush uncovered so that it will air dry as fast as possible. If you must cover your toothbrush for travel, wait until your toothbrush is fully dry before packing; or, better yet, have a separate toothbrush that you use while traveling.

Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. In bathrooms where there is not a door separating the toilet from the rest of the room, it is essential that you keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Overspray occurs each time you flush the toilet, spreading urine and fecal matter into the air. You do not want it landing on your toothbrush!

Do not share your toothbrush. Remember, a toothbrush removes bacteria-laden plaque from the mouth. If you are sharing a toothbrush, you are putting someone else’s plaque into your mouth – and that is just plain gross.

Replace your toothbrush often. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months. If you have ever wondered why you receive a new toothbrush at every dental visit, it is because your dentist understands how important it is to use a clean tool to clean your mouth.

Replace your toothbrush after illness. Germs can linger for a week or longer. If you have been ill with a cold, the flu, strep, a stomach bug, or any other illness, remember to replace your toothbrush so that you do not re-infect yourself.

At Crabapple Dental, we want to help our patients achieve the healthiest smile possible. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123