What Happens If I Don’t Brush My Teeth?

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What will happen if I don’t brush my teeth?” As an orthodontist I have had many people ask me this question. Brushing your teeth is important not only for the health of your mouth, but also the health of your body. There are many conditions that may be worsened by you not brushing your teeth.  

1. Cavities

The first and potentially most damaging factor if you do not brush your teeth is cavities. A cavity happens when a portion of your tooth begins to decay. The bacteria that your mouth naturally produces will begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. A cavity may seem small, but it can cause severe pain and eventually lead to the loss of a tooth. Cavities can be prevented by brushing regularly.

2. Weak Immune System

This brings me to the second factor. If you do not brush your teeth, you allow bacteria to grow and continue growing. If you brush your teeth regularly, then you help to brush away the bacteria that may cause sickness. When you have a buildup of bacteria, it can result in issues with your immune system. The bacteria the grows in your mouth can travel through your body and lead to a damaged immune system. When this occurs, it is likely that any diseases you have will worsen. Additionally, you become more susceptible to illnesses such as pneumonia.

3. Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is another thing you want to look out for. If you do not brush your teeth it can lead to severe gum disease. The early stage is known as gingivitis. When you have gingivitis, it is possible for you to reverse the damage. Advanced and regular periodontitis cannot be reversed.  Reversing the damage of gingivitis can be done through proper brushing of your teeth. If you do not work to reverse the damage, you run the risk of losing a tooth due to the gum disease that happens when you do not brush your teeth.

4. Bad Breath

In addition to all these things, you must remember the social side of things. Not brushing your teeth would mean others have to deal with your morning breath and decaying teeth. This combination creates a smell that may push people away. Not brushing your teeth could mean getting looked over for the next promotion simply because of your smile.

Overall, it is important for you to brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you do not take care of your smile you are likely to grow cavities which are decay within your teeth. The bacteria that is naturally produced will build-up and result in more serious issues with your body. You are also more at risk for gum disease or periodontists after a certain point is not reversible. If you go to work without brushing your teeth, it is likely that someone will notice! Therefore, it is best to keep brushing twice a day.