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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Brush Your Teeth

by Gauri Kolhe

Although you are recommended to do brushing twice a day, you may skip brushing teeth at night. Sometimes you feel like laziness due to exhaustion and think skipping brush once is not that bed and finally you go to sleep.  

Yes it’s not that bad like a disaster skipping brushing your teeth once but there is something that makes you to remember brush twice a day.

Not brushing your teeth can cause bad odor or other problems. For more detail keep reading this article. This article includes the information about what happens when you don’t brush your teeth.

Some possible troubles you may face when you don’t brush your teeth regularly

Our mouth is not only the gateway for food this also facilitate bacteria to enter in your mouth as well as GIT which may lead several health problems that may be extend beyond only cavity or toothache.

Following are some possible problems for your teeth as well as your body that may occur when you don’t brush your teeth.

1. Oral health

The oral health regimen take care of your teeth as well as tongue and overall mouth, this helps you to get rid of plaque you may not seen with nude eyes.

Following oral problems may occur in case of not brushing the teeth.


Gingivitis is one of the dental problems and caused by plaque you may leave in your mouth by skipping brushing in the night or morning mostly. Plaque is not only cause for cavities it can also  cause gingivitis. So what is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is medical condition related to gums in which gums get weaken and bacteria present in plaque causes irritation and inflammation in the gums. Most of the time inflammation occurs in gum at the extent where gums become puffy and more prone to bleed.


Cavities in the teeth another problem that causes by the plaque. In actual , plaque is a sticky like film that cover the teeth and have a huge amount of bacteria that may penetrate through enamel of the teeth and attack the other layers of teeth to the roots. This damage causes cavities over a time period.

If left untreated, cavities can lead to dental infections and, potentially, tooth loss. All of this is, for the most part preventable, if you brush your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. Teeth health is very most important.


Plaque plays a key role in cavities and gingivitis it also works as precursor to Periodontitis. This is severe medical condition than gingivitis and cavities. Periodontitis is a kind of infection that affects the bones that support your teeth followed by the tooth loss which makes this disease a severe medical condition.

2. Possible relation with dementia

Researchers have established that people who have dementia often experience the dental decay at a higher rate.

According to a review published in current neurology and neuroscience reports, some of the researcher believes just opposite idea that people facing dental decay could have a higher risk of developing dementia.

Some researchers also reviewed that there is a possible link between inflammatory dental conditions and inflammation in brain that cause dementia.

3. Heart disease

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reported that people who are used to brushing the teeth at least three times in a day have the lower risk of developing heart disease while people who skip brushing are likely to develop cardiac conditions like arterial fibrillation.

Complications over a specific time period

Although many of the researchers are not likely to participate in a research in which brushing can be skipped for over a month or year, some research can have the idea that what could be happens if you don’t brush your teeth for a while.

Here is the possibility of happenings in case of skipping brush your teeth for different time period.

Here’s what could happen if you don’t brush for the following durations:

  • Skipping brushing for just One day: 

According to Shafer’s Textbook of Oral Pathology, dental plaque can start decay the dentin which is a protective material underneath the enamel within 48 hours.  Brushing teeth frequently assures that plaque has been removed adequately from your teeth.

  • For One week: 

 If you don’t brush your teeth for one week it is very obvious that plaque would’ve accumulate on your teeth additionally this excess plaque causes bad breath due to unpleasant odor coming from your mouth.

If plaque has not removed everything you eat starts add up to the plaque and you will start to feel a hard and rigid layer on the top layer of the teeth.

  • One year:

Well for a person used to brushing daily or twice in a day it is impossible to skip brushing for over a whole year and it is quite difficult to predict what happens after skipping brushing for such a long time.

One whole year of skipping brush would likely lead to cavities, odor, gum diseases and potential tooth loss eventually.

Here are some tips for your oral hygiene

  1. According to American dental association some of the basic tips to your dental health are as follows:
    brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to ensure plaque removal
  2. Flossing at least once in a day would be good enough to remove plaque from in between the teeth using floss string, interdental devices etc.
  3. Keep paying a visit to your doctor at least twice in a year to get a checkup as well as prescription if needed.
  4. Try to drink fluorinated water instead of pure water. You don’t have to switch completely to fluorinated water if you’re not feeling good enough , you just need to drink a little amount of fluorinated water in a day.
  5. Fluorine helps to prevent tooth decay so make sure to drink fluorinated water and use fluorinated toothpaste for brushing purpose.
  6. Don’t smoking and use tobacco product as they can increase the risk of dental decay and Periodontitis.
  7. Try to use fluorinated mouth rinse.

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