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We donate our clothes when we outgrow them, and we throw out food when it spoils, but how often do you replace your toothbrush?

If you stop and think about exactly where your toothbrush goes (in your mouth) and what exactly you use it for (to clean your mouth), it may cross your mind that keeping it fresh is extremely important. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months, with six months being the longest you should ever go. If you keep up your regular bi-yearly dental appointments then that is easy enough to do since most dental practices give patients a free toothbrush with each cleaning!

Your mouth is made up of millions of tiny bacteria that are necessary for breaking down small food particles, yet they are also damaging when not brushed and flossed away daily. Because many of these bacteria leave the mouth via your toothbrush, it is important that they not be allowed to thrive on your toothbrush. You should always rinse your toothbrush and shake it vigorously under tap water in order to rinse away as many germs and bacteria as possible each time you use it, but this is not enough to make your toothbrush last for more than half a year.

Any time you are sick with a bad cold, the flu or strep throat, it is also extremely important that you replace your toothbrush immediately once you are well so that germs will not infect your system again via your toothbrush.

While your toothbrush is a necessary tool for maintaining proper oral hygiene, it is only as good as long as it is replaced on a regular basis. If it has been more than six months since you have replaced your toothbrush, it is time to part with your current toothbrush and get yourself a new one.

Contact Crabapple Dental to set up a dental cleaning and receive a new toothbrush!

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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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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Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123