What happens when you don’t brush your teeth after 1 day, 1 week, and 1 year?

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Even though both brushing and flossing your teeth can sometimes feel like tedious tasks, avoiding them can have unpleasant effects even within the first day. Plague and bacteria won’t hesitate to attack your teeth when you aren’t brushing, and the longer they go unaddressed the more serious the consequences become.

1 Day Of Not Brushing Your Teeth

After a single day of not brushing your teeth, it does not take long for a buildup of plaque to manifest surrounding your teeth and gums. An abundance of plaque leads to decalcification, which occurs when innate calcium and phosphorous minerals are removed from a tooth’s surface. If this process continues without being addressed, it will cause cavities and tooth decay. Your teeth and gums will quickly being to weaken as a result of a lack of brushing and flossing, which is why it’s so important to put effort into maintaining your dental health multiple times a day.

What Happens if You Don’t Brush for a Week?

After a week of not brushing your teeth, your enamel will begin to break down and the surface of your teeth will become rougher. The plaque will continuously build between your teeth and fill tiny holes in your molars, as the plaque grows so do the holes. This erosion causes discolouration and potentially painful sensitivity to food temperature and sugar. It’s also at this point that the leftover food particles and the built-up plaque in your mouth will give you very bad breath that will be impossible to relieve with gum or mouthwash.

1 Year Of Not Brushing Your Teeth

After not brushing teeth for a year, the processes already taking place will excel to a severely detrimental level. Within two to three weeks the effects of diseases such as Gingivitis will become apparent, this includes gum irritation, redness and swelling. Gingivitis will grow into Periodontal disease which will cause your gums to recede and destroy the bone supporting your teeth making them loosen and eventually fall out. As infection will spread to your jaw, your overall health will begin to become affected as well. Many of these issues are not always apparent to the naked eye, which is why we always remind our patients that healthy teeth are not always white, and white teeth are not always healthy.


I Have Not Brushed My Teeth in a While – What Do I Do Now?

Well, it’s never too late to start brushing again and be consistent. Remember, the goal is always to prevent tooth decay, and this is one of many steps you can take to achieve that. Our dentists are your partners in oral health; communicate your dental problems to them and see if they have any specific recommendations for your situation. Lastly, ensure you are regularly getting your dental cleanings as recommended by your dentist.

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