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Visiting the dentist allows you to leave the dental office with clean teeth and a new toothbrush. If you have ever wondered why you receive a new toothbrush at each visit, or you have ever mistakenly thought that it was silly, it is important to know why having a new toothbrush is so important. Your dentist understands that in order to properly clean your teeth, you need a clean tool to do it!

Think of everything you have put into your mouth just today. Now, try to think of all that you have put into your mouth in the last month. And now, multiply that times six. Six months between dental visits is generally the amount of time that people use a toothbrush. If you are not using proper toothbrush care during that time period, your toothbrush is probably pretty dirty – and it is not doing what it should to clean your teeth.

Millions of bacteria call your mouth their home on any given day. A toothbrush is a tool that helps brush away bacteria-laden plaque and food particles from the teeth. During use, many of those bacteria will become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Taking the time to properly rinse off your toothbrush is very important so that you can rinse away as many of the bacteria as possible. Holding it under running water for at least 15 seconds will help wash away bacteria so that you are not putting them back into your mouth. It is also important that you shake excess water off your toothbrush and store it upright after rinsing. Bacteria thrive in moist environments, but by storing your toothbrush in an upright position it will eliminate moisture quickly.

Speaking of bacteria, germs also linger on your toothbrush. It is important to remember to replace your toothbrush following any illness such as a cold, the flu, strep throat, or a virus. Germs can linger for up to 10 days on any surface, and you certainly do not want to re-infect yourself once you are feeling better.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we want to encourage you to keep track of how long you use your toothbrush. Studies show that after three months, regularly used toothbrushes become less effective at cleaning the teeth because the bristles are worn down. The teeth are constructed of many angles, grooves, pits, and tight spaces that are tricky to reach. Using a new, clean toothbrush will help keep your teeth clean, your breath fresh, and your mouth healthy.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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"When I moved I tried another dental practice. Mistake. Now I drive an hour to still use Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dentist are professional, kind, and good at what they do."


"This was my first appointment with Gold Hill Dentistry so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. However prior to my visit I did google their reviews which were exceptional. That being said, my first visit certainly align with their online reviews! Gold Hill Dentistry’s staff were warm, professional but personable, and they made me feel very comfortable from the moment I entered their office and throughout the entire time services were performed. My cleaning results were great and my teeth and gums felt wonderful! I look forward to a long relationship with Gold Hill Dentistry!"


"As soon as you walk in you are greeted like family. Very clean, homie feeling office. Staff and Dr. Setty super friendly, kind and professional."


"Gold Hill Dentistry is the absolute best! From the front desk, to the hygienists, to the doctor, they were all great. They bent over backwards to accommodate my special health situation and urgent scheduling needs. And the drilling/filling they did was the quickest and most painless I've ever had. Don't think twice about making them your new go-to for dental work."


"Office Staff, dental hygienists, and the dentists are all wonderful. Always friendly, helpful, professional and excellent. With so many "doc in the box" dental centers popping up, Gold Hill is a welcome exception where personal service and attention matter. (I should mention too, that the service does not come at premium cost - they take insurance and their rates are competitive and reasonable). Highly recommend Gold Hill Dentistry."


"I really like Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone is very very friendly and helpful. They are really concerned about your care."

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466