Manatee Dental of East Bradenton
3805 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34208

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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very knowledgeable staff and great dental care.
Mary W.
Staff made my visit so pleasant and not scary.
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This is the by FAR the Most Wonderful dental office I have ever been to. The staff is amazing, caring and they go above and beyond to make the experience a pleasant one. Everyone is also very […]
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Excellent, knowledgeable staff that goes above and beyond for their patients!
Dawn N.
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Lawrence B.
The entire staff was friendly and efficient. They explained what they would be doing before starting and they explained what it all meant. The new patient exam was valuable.
Anne B.
Amber was great with my cleaning. Everyone in the office is very helpful.
Sandra O.
Good service and great people on staff
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Really appreciate everything they done for me today. Not only finding out what my problem was, but explaining it to me so I could understanding as well. Excellent service from everyone. Thanks!! Seen […]
J M.
From the staff at the front desk too the hygienist and dentist, they make you feel like family. They remove all trepidations you might have when visiting a dental facility.
Peter H.
Everyone there is amazing, from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave.
Leonna B.
Friendly and great service
Linda M.
Great service.
Oralia R.
Dr. David and Ramon were very careful and concerned with my feelings. Very professional.
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Friendly, efficient staff and doctor.
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We just love this dental office. If you are new in town, this is the place.
Patricia T.
Loved the friendly staff. They calmed my nerves righy away. Its a dental office and I couldn’t help but think of a drill in my mouth! That never happened anyway! The Doctor answered all my […]
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“Doc” and staff are all very kind and professional. they take care of everything professionally and efficiently.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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