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What's your brushing style?

Everyone has a unique toothbrushing style. Check out these five types of brushers and see if any of them sound like you. Then try our recommendations for better ways to brush and protect your smile.

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1. Tile scrubber

If you’re brushing your teeth like you’re scrubbing bathroom tile, you may be brushing too hard. This can damage your tooth enamel and gums, make your teeth more sensitive to cold and may result in cavities. It’s better to gently massage your teeth and gums, rather than scrub them.

2. Fashionista

Are you most excited about the color or design of your toothbrush? There are so many choices out there. You should definitely pick a toothbrush that works best for you. Just be sure your brush has soft bristles, which are the most comfortable and safest choice. Bristles that are too firm can wear down your tooth structure, irritate or damage your gums and enamel, and lead to tooth sensitivity.

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3. Speed brusher

You may be moving as quick as a cheetah to get out the door. Or maybe you’re racing to jump into bed. Did you know that most people brush for only 45 seconds? Cleaning your mouth thoroughly is important for your oral and overall health. Try setting a timer, playing some music or walking around to keep brushing for the recommended two minutes.

4. Chewer

Maybe you can’t help but chomp on your toothbrush like it’s a stick of gum. But biting down on hard objects can put pressure on your teeth, causing them to shift or crack. It can even break dental work. Instead of chewing, try gently brushing your teeth and gums with short, circular, back-and-forth strokes.

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5. Absent-minded brusher

When’s the last time you switched out your toothbrush? If your bristles are bent, frayed, dirty or discolored, you’re past due for a new one. A worn toothbrush won’t clean well. Swap your toothbrush or toothbrush head out for a new one every three months. Mark it on a calendar to help you remember. You can always recycle that old toothbrush for cleaning grout or other household surfaces!