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What Happens If You Stop Brushing Your Teeth?

April 18, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
cosmetic dentistry | manchester nh

By now, you’re probably aware that brushing and flossing should be essential parts of your daily oral hygiene routine. Without performing these tasks, you will eventually develop cavities, gingivitis, and might even start losing teeth. However, this isn’t something that’s going to happen if you forget to brush one time. But what if you woke up one morning and decided to never brush your teeth again? How long would it take for decay and grime to set in?

One Day After Not Brushing

Only a day after putting down your toothbrush, your teeth will start to collect a film of plaque. While this isn’t harmful on its own, it will quickly allow bacteria to breed freely. Shortly after, your breath will begin to stink.

One Week After Not Brushing

The layer of plaque on your teeth will begin to thicken after a week. The smell will worsen and will probably scare away most of your companions. Even worse, your gums may started to get irritated or even bleed as gingivitis sets in.

One Month After Not Brushing

Your mouth will probably start feeling absolutely grimy at this point, and that’s because the bacteria will have officially taken hold. Your gums will look red and swollen, and you may even begin to see white spots on your teeth. This is a sign that bacteria is starting to wear down and break through your enamel. This process will be especially exacerbated if your diet consists of sugary foods.

One Year After Not Brushing

After going a year without brushing, you’ll certainly notice quite a few changes in your once-healthy mouth. You’ll have noticeable tooth decay throughout your mouth, which can be seen in the form of holes in your teeth. Your gums will also be extremely red and inflamed, and it may hurt to eat. Younger people may be able to withstand not brushing for so long better than older people, but even they will start seeing some detrimental issues at this point.

Five Years After Not Brushing

Going five years without brushing is quite the accomplishment – and not the good kind. If you’re older, you’ll probably have some very loose teeth or might have already lost some. You’ll also have very severe gum disease which will be noticeable as soon as you open your mouth. Younger people might have less drastic consequences, but they’ll still have to deal with multiple cavities.

Other Issues With Not Brushing

Did you know there’s more than can happen when you don’t brush your teeth other than simple tooth decay? In fact, here are a few common conditions you might have had no idea were linked to poor oral health:

  • Dementia
  • Pneumonia
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Brain abscess
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer

Generally, the longer you go without brushing, the greater your chance of developing one or most of these seemingly-unrelated conditions.

So what should you take away from all this? Please, please brush your teeth! You can take safeguards to prevent against most all of these nasty complications by simply brushing twice a day with a fluoride-enhanced toothpaste. It’s also important to see your dentist for regular dental cleanings to check for any underlying issues. Call us now to schedule your appointment or consultation.

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