Advanced Dental Care of Temple Terrace
11157 N 56th Street, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Clean your toothbrush as well as you clean your teeth

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People who are diligent about maintaining dental hygiene and keeping their regularly scheduled dental appointments may not be as fastidious about how they clean and store their toothbrushes. Whether they use a manual or electric brush, the main thing is to keep it clean and out of contact with anything that can bring germs into one’s mouth and lead to an infection.

Rinsing a toothbrush thoroughly after each use and letting it air dry standing upright in a container is recommended by BreathMD.com. Family unity is a great thing, but not when it comes to storing toothbrushes. Instead of a single cup for all family brushes, they should be stored in containers with separate openings and enough space for each brush to dry without touching the others.

Even in the tightest of quarters, toothbrushes should be stored some distance from the toilet, not in a container on the top of the commode. To prevent contamination, tucking toothbrushes away in a medicine cabinet is the best way to store them.

Electric or manual?
As long as one uses a brush with soft bristles to go easy on tooth enamel, the choice of using a battery-operated electric or a traditional manual toothbrush is a personal one. Each has its own advantages.

Some people wouldn’t give up their trusty traditional brush for the world while others think the whirl and buzz of an electric model can’t be topped.

During a visits to a dentist office, family dentists frequently provide manual brushes to their patients. They are great for helping young children learn how to perfect their tooth brushing skills. For adults who have sensitive teeth, a traditional brush allows them to control the pressure they place on different areas of their mouths.

On the other hand, EverydayHealth.com states that those who have limited mobility or arthritis in their hands may have an easier time letting an electric toothbrush do the work. A brush head with a rotating-oscillating action is best for removing plaque from teeth and massaging the gums. However, many manual models also come with ergonomically shaped handles for better gripping and a more comfortable hold.

While manual versions are less expensive than electric toothbrushes, consumers should keep in mind that it’s the bristle heads that need to be replaced every three months or so – the same as manual brushes – not the whole apparatus. Batteries will need to be replaced as needed. 

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In and out, very informative and very nice
Sally S.
My experiences every time I go here is great — friendly & courteous staff, they explain everything and make you feel that your dental care is their primary concern.
Idalia F.
Excellent staff. I have been using Dr Heron for years and have chosen not to go anywhere else even though the distance is pretty far away. Mosen does my cleanings and he is excellent.
Marsha C.
Love the staff..friendly and helpful… professional through and through.. been a patient here since 2009
Karen J.
Very nice people, didnt keep me waiting long, very clean, and great work just a great atmosphere!
Quentine R.
I’ve never had a bad visit from the hygienists to dentist., they are all very knowledgeable and extremely professional.
Apoleon M.
Up front about fees and costs. Great staff.
John O.
Great people to work with and really care.
Carl S.
Knowledge and great personality of Monica and Doctor.
Rose H.
My hygienist is wonderful. She fully understands how sensitive my teeth are and goes above in making me comfortable. These days it is rare to come across a health professional that tries to […]
Jeanette B.
Office staff was extremely nice and professional.
Katherine S.
Miss Elaine and the dentist were both awesome. Did a great job on my teeth and saved me money!
Melinda J.
All the staff was extremely friendly, and they worked with me to get my filling done the same day as my appointment since I already had all my paperwork. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate […]
Jaime M.
Awesome Dentist and Staff. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Yasmin T.
My hygienist Elaine is the best – very professional and caring – she has worked for years trying to keep my teeth and gums as healthy as possible Please pass along my appreciation for Elaine
Mary M.
Dr. Herron is a superb technician with a very engaging personality. Kim possesses excellent clinical skills and is very friendly while Alycia has great customer service abilities. I finally found a […]
Kim P.
Moses is always professional, very detailed, and caring with my teeth.
Carol B.
I think I have been a patient of this office, Dr Herron and Elaine for over 10 years. I couldn’t be more pleased with all the procedures I have had done here. The staff is always so friendly and […]
Angie L.
my visits have always been pleasant. office clean and personnel polite. my questions are always answered.
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Everyone is nice and professional. I always get great treatment and I never have to wait.
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  • Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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