Bacteria is everywhere, some of it bad and some of it good. But when it comes to the kind of bacteria that thrives on food that’s on and between your teeth after you eat, that’s definitely the bad kind. And it multiplies really fast. So if you’re one of the many Americans who admit that they only brush once a day, it’s bad news.
Here’s what happens when you don’t brush your teeth
Plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth, which can lead to:
- Bad breath
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
And obviously, gnarly breath is the least of the problems. When you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, millions of bacteria from the food and drinks you consume are creating a sticky film called plaque on your teeth and gums. The bad bacteria in plaque create acids that attack tooth enamel, eventually breaking it down and causing cavities.
Brushing isn’t enough
Brushing your teeth actually misses a big portion of your mouth, leaving millions of germs behind to do their bad work. That’s why we recommend brushing twice a day, plus flossing and swishing with a non-alcoholic antiseptic mouthwash.
Brushing your teeth once a day isn’t enough for your gums
You can end up with gingivitis (the milder form of periodontal disease), which can lead to red, swollen and even bleeding gums. Changing your bad oral care habits and seeking professional treatment can reverse the condition, but it’s much easier to avoid it in the first place.
Untreated gingivitis can progress to peritonitis disease
Plaque can spread below the gum line, which can lead to chronic inflammation and bone and tissue loss. Pockets form between the teeth and gums, become infected, and as the pockets get deeper, it causes more gum tissue and bone loss, and eventually, tooth loss.
Twice a day equals 100% of your brushing needs
After a long day or night out, it can be very tempting to skip brushing at night. But brushing (and flossing and rinsing) needs to happen every morning and every night. Plus, don’t forget your twice-yearly professional cleaning and exam. Call for yours today: 304-754-8803.