What Would Happen if You Stopped Brushing Your Teeth?

December 19, 2018

Father and daughter brushing teethHave you ever skipped your nightly brushing? Although this is common, it is definitely not something you want to habitually do!

Skipping brushing and flossing can do serious damage to your oral health; it’s important to schedule regular dental visits and remember to brush and flush twice a day!

Practice good oral hygiene with your family.

You Could Develop Gum Disease

Want to hear a scary truth? More than 50% of US citizens suffer from gingivitis! Being a gum disease candidate isn’t fun; it means you will need to visit your dentist every three months instead of six to make sure you aren’t developing more super plaque.

Super plaque is plaque that sits on your teeth for a long period of time. This yucky stuff hardens into tarter, which can only be cleaned professionally. The most common form of gum disease is often contracted when our gums are irritated by the amount of tartar that has formed on our teeth.

Not only is this gross to think about, in most cases, it goes untreated! When we do nothing about this excess of plaque, pockets form at the base of our teeth. This can lead to even more build up and serious issues such as discolored teeth, swollen gums, and a severe type of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Portrait of woman covering nose with hand Your Breath Will Stink

Halitosis is the technical term we use for bad breath. Unfortunately, 65% of Americans suffer from stinky breath due to lackluster hygiene.

Think about those old, smelly leftovers that are sitting in the fridge; the smell gets weirder the longer it sits around. Bad breath is similar; it comes from decaying food and an increase in plaque that consumes your mouth!

Your Teeth Could Fall Out

Have you ever experienced the infamous nightmare that your teeth are falling out? Don’t let this dreadful dream become a reality! Periodontitis can spread all the way to your jaw, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth and leading to further infection. With time, the bone and tissue surrounding your teeth will soften, leading to a lack of teeth.

You may be thinking, “this won’t happen to me!” However, it’s more common than you think. Americans suffering from gum disease who are 20-64 years old have lost an average of 7 teeth!

You Could Develop Other Health Problems

Bacteria loves to go unnoticed. As long as you allow it, it will spread throughout your body, which can be detrimental. Common diseases that are linked to poor oral hygiene include:

  • Diabetes: Gum infections can cause an increase in blood sugar, which is a major concern for a diabetic. If you suffer from diabetes, your oral health should receive ample attention. Often times, periodontitis and diabetes go hand and hand.
  • Heart Disease: Bacteria has a knack for sneaking into your bloodstream; which means it can travel anywhere in your body—including your heart. This leads to inflammation and heart problems.
  • Pneumonia: Oddly enough, you can inhale airborne bacteria from your mouth! This can lead to respiratory infections.

The risks that may ensue if your teeth aren’t properly cleaned are dire. We hope that you will take the right steps to maintain your health!