Under which circumstances would it be time for a new toothbrush?

  1. Someone used it to scrub the faucet.
  2. The bristles look like they’ve seen better days.
  3. It got dropped in the toilet.
  4. Your toothbrush is more than 3 months old.
  5. All of the above.

If you guessed number 5, you are right! Here are some tips for our Carmichael dental patients to recognize when it is time to change their toothbrush.

The Modern Toothbrush

Toothbrushes have been around for a very long time. Until 1938, toothbrushes were generally made with boar bristles. The first modern toothbrush was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush and it had nylon bristles. Although many styles of brushes are available, be sure to always purchase those with soft bristles that have the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association (ADA). Stock up when you see them on sale and assign every member of the family his or her own color.

Replacing Your Brush

When you begin to see wear on your brush or when the bristles have gone droopy, it is time to replace it. When you have dropped it in an icky place, it is time for a new one. If you cannot remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it is time to replace it. If your toothbrush is grossing you out for any reason, it is time to grab one from your stash and get a fresh start.

What Kind of Toothbrush Should You Use?

The best toothbrush is the one you will use regularly.

What is better, a manual or power-operated toothbrush? The best toothbrush is the one you will use regularly. If it takes buying your children Disney-themed brushes with sparkles and bling, buy the sparkles and bling. If you love the idea of a battery-operated model and that will make you brush with regularity, by all means get the one you will use. If plain old toothbrushes are your “cup of tea,” use your plain old toothbrush to help keep those tea stains away. Find a brand you like and stick with it, or jump around and try all the kinds the ADA approves. Just use your toothbrush a minimum of twice a day, brushing for two minutes every time you clean your teeth.

So whatever type of brush you like to use, always remember to replace it when it has seen better days. A toothbrush is not like your favorite shirt, sweater, pants or pair of shoes. Toothbrushes have been around for a very long time, but yours should not.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.


The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.