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Caring For Your Toothbrush

Perhaps no other tool in your house is as taken for granted than your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a tool designed to clean your teeth to help keep your mouth healthy. Yet, how often do you care for your toothbrush? If you are not taking care of your toothbrush, you are simply putting a dirty tool inside your mouth while still expecting it to clean your mouth.

Below are helpful, simple tips to properly care for your toothbrush so that it benefits you:

  • Rinse your toothbrush well. Your toothbrush is a tool that was designed to loosen and help remove bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth. As you brush your teeth, plaque will become trapped in the bristles of the toothbrush. By rinsing your toothbrush well under fast, running water, you will help to rinse away plaque so that you do not reintroduce it to your mouth with the next use.
  • Store your toothbrush upright and air it out. Bacteria thrive in moist environments, and your toothbrush is an ideal environment for bacteria to flourish. By storing your toothbrush upright and uncovered, you are eliminating the ideal environment. Keep your toothbrush uncovered at all times unless you are travelling – and even then, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you cover it.
  • Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. Many bathrooms do not have a door that closes off the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. In these bathrooms, it is important that you store your toothbrush strategically in order to keep it as far away from the toilet as possible. With every flush of the toilet there is overspray in the air containing urine and fecal matter. You do not want this landing on your toothbrush!
  • Do not share your toothbrush. Remember, your toothbrush is a tool that removes bacteria-laden plaque from your mouth. If you share your toothbrush with someone else, you are also sharing bacteria. Everyone should have, and use, his or her own toothbrush at all times.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months. If you have ever wondered why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush at every visit, it is because s/he understands how important it is to use a clean tool for cleaning your mouth.
  • Replace your toothbrush after illness. Germs can linger for a week or longer on almost any surface. In order to prevent re-infection, it is important to replace your toothbrush after a cold, the flu, strep throat, a stomach bug, or any other illness.

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are proud to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Call today to schedule an appointment. We will have a new toothbrush ready for you!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Green Dental of Alexandria - Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Based on 85 reviews

Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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