What Happens If You Brush Your Teeth Only Once A Day
Want a dazzling smile? Brush more than just that one time in the morning. Turns out, if you need a set of pearly whites, you have to work for it, like everything else in life.I don’t brush twice a day. There, I said it. And I’m not ashamed of it. Well…maybe just a lottle (for those not in the know, it’s like a little, but a lot).
So after listening to my mother go on and on about how I’m spoiling my teeth rotten by brushing just once a day, I decided to do some research.
And here is what I found – if you don’t brush twice a day, along with regular flossing and mouthwash, plaque will build up on your teeth. That will eventually turn into tartar, and can cause:
1. Gum disease – I don’t even want to read about this, let alone get this. So if you don’t clear off the food particles from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and assorted snacks in between that the bacteria feed on, it’s very likely that you will get gum disease. That means bleeding gums to begin with, and maybe losing your teeth eventually. However, let me reassure you. This is not a likely scenario, because it needs more than 24 hours for the gum-disease causing plaque to build up, and hopefully you’re brushing at least once a day.
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2. Root decay and cavities – Have you ever gotten a cavity filled? If yes, you’ll know how scary it is. You sit there patiently with your mouth open in a permanent grimace, and wait for the dentist to cause you to cringe and feel absolutely helpless. Cavities are not fun, my friend. And root canals even less so. Giving bacteria food to feast upon is not something that we should be doing – at all.
3. Bad Breath – No one, and I bet there’s no exception, wants this. If bacteria have been having a party in your mouth for a few hours or more, your breath will be bad. Trying to cover it up with mints etc. will help, but not much.
4. Tooth cleanings – Okay, so tooth cleanings are not really a disease, but they are pretty painful to go through. If you don’t brush twice a day, the plaque on your teeth will begin to harden and get calcified, which can only be removed by getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist.
Apart from all this, not brushing your teeth can, in the long-term, cause heart disease, hearing loss, diabetes, and dementia. This is due to the toxins that can enter your body via the mouth, if not removed regularly by brushing and flossing; and they can then cause inflammation and narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels. If you are pregnant, brushing twice daily can contribute towards a healthy pregnancy, as well as a healthy baby.