What Happens When You Don’t Brush and Floss Your Teeth

 

Everyone has an excuse for not taking great care of their teeth at home. They’re busy. They’re tired. Someone’s in the bathroom and I’m already in bed. Reality is that in just a couple of minutes, your teeth can get all the love they need, but some people only give them cursory attention.

So, what happens when you don’t take good care of your teeth?

dental flossing in houston texas at royal dentistry usaYou can have bad breath. Many people have bad breath, clinically called halitosis. Although it can be a symptom of another condition, it is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Food debris that stay in between your teeth break down and bacteria in your mouth are attracted to it and multiply. This buildup, along with the breakdown of the food and the growing plaque on your teeth cause you to have dog breath. Your tongue, if it doesn’t get brushed, also can join the halitosis party.

You can develop gum disease. Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? If they do, there is a possibility that you already have gum disease or it is well on its way. It starts with gingivitis, where your gums become swollen and bleed easily. The condition when left untreated turns into periodontitis (gum disease), and this can turn into a chronic problem. Once you develop gum disease, you’re headed down a path you don’t want to be on.

You can lose a tooth or several teeth. Gum disease will lead to decaying teeth. That decay will turn into an infection inside the tooth, eventually causing the tooth to fall out. Beneath this tooth or teeth that have fallen out, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate because it no longer receives any energy from the teeth above. This will eventually cause your lower face to collapse inward.

You can have all sorts of diseases. The bacteria that is multiplying in your mouth doesn’t necessarily stay there, either. It can spread anywhere in your body, leading to pneumonia and other respiratory problems. It can also dramatically increase your risk of developing dementia, diabetes, kidney diseases, and heart diseases.

Now do you believe that two to three minutes brushing and flossing are worth your full attention? They are. Equally important are your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with the Royal Dental team. Call us at 713-330-7700 to schedule your appointment.

 

 

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