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What really happens when you don't brush your teeth

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You've likely been told once or twice that it's important for you to regularly brush your teeth and to brush them a couple of times each day. It's not just about hygiene, routinely brushing your teeth can help protect your overall health too. There are a number of conditions that can go along with not brushing your teeth — it's not just cavities you're risking.


While it can be tempting to skip a brushing session here and there — you're too tired, you forgot and didn't remember until the last second, and others — once you see what can happen to you when you don't brush your teeth, you're likely to skip brushings much less frequently.

Periodontal disease and bone loss




You might not have ever considered it, but in addition to cavities, you can actually get more serious periodontal disease and even bone loss from not brushing your teeth

Diabetes

 

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that plagues all too many people, children and adults alike.there seems to be an association between periodontitis (otherwise known as inflammation/infection of the gums) and diabetes.
those who suffer from periodontitis (which is often a result of poor oral hygiene) are more likely to also have — or get — diabetes. Those can both be extremely serious conditions, especially if left untreated, so if brushing your teeth can help protect you against one or both of them, it just might be worth it.



Heart disease

 

Wait, what? There's a correlation between not brushing your teeth and heart disease? It's true! "The bacteria that is retained in your mouth when you fail to brush gets into your blood stream and can affect your natural body processes, such as your body's natural ability to fight infectious diseases

Bad breath

When you do not brush your teeth, you are creating an environment for plaque and decay to thrive in your mouth
Every time you eat, remnants of that food stick to your teeth. If that is not brushed away, plaque will develop and, over time, may harden into calculus, which can then only be removed by a dental professional." 

All of those built up food remnants can make your breath smell, well, a little less than sweet. 

Gingivitis

gingivitis is the "initial inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of the gums." 

It's important to take care of your gums, teeth, and soft tissues of the mouth before it gets to this point, of course, but it's also — and maybe even more — important to do what you can once you start to get those telltale gingivitis signs to alleviate the problem and make sure it doesn't progress to something much worse that'll be more painful and difficult to treat.

Enamel decay

Your enamel, which is found on each tooth, is super important. It protects your teeth against the big, bad world. 

presence of this plaque on the gums causes inflammation of the gums, with the initial response being bleeding gums. The prolonged presence of this plaque on the teeth causes the enamel to breakdown." 


Stained teeth


Whenever you eat or drink things that have darker pigments (like coffee and tea, beets, and wine), they can cause your teeth to yellow, rather than staying pearly white. Smoking can also cause your teeth to darken and become stained over time. 

"The teeth will pick up the staining from our food and drink, and if this staining sits on the teeth too long, it begins to change the color of the teeth,"