What happens if you do not brush your teeth?

If you don't brush your teeth, what happens?

Brushing your teeth should be a regular part of your daily oral hygiene routine. This routine should encompass brushing, cleaning between your teeth and in some cases using mouthwash. Ignoring this could result in some serious problems for your teeth and overall health.

Primarily, if you don’t brush your teeth, decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. and gum disease would set in. This would lead to your teeth weakening and the gums bleeding. Subsequently, this can lead to bad breath which would naturally make you feel self-conscious. In addition, your teeth would become stained and possibly, in the long term lead to tooth loss.

With weaker teeth, the pulpConnective tissue containing blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity of a tooth. in your teeth could become infected. At this point you would be more prone to cracks and breakages and any infection in your rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth. may cause serious pain. Finally, teeth could fall out prematurely, meaning you could need artificial teeth such as dentures or dental implants to speak and eat. Further complications could arise, such as bone loss to the jaw. The bacteria from infections produce enzymes that eat the bone and cause periodontal diseaseInflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth, resulting in an abnormally deep gingival sulcus, possibly producing periodontal pockets and loss of supporting al

From a structural, aesthetic and health perspective, brushing your teeth is an absolute must. The pain and stress associated with tooth ache and loss is something you will want to avoid, and for your own self confidence having a full set of healthy and strong teeth can be hugely beneficial. If you have any further questions please ask your hygienist or dentist.

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