What Happens When I Forget to Brush?

Most people know that brushing twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste is the best way to keep their teeth clean. However for some, the implications of not maintaining a proper oral care routine are lost on them. Unlike some animals like sharks and cows, humans cannot constantly replace teeth if they become diseased, damaged or fall out, so looking after them on a daily basis and seeing a dentist regularly is of utmost importance. Here are just a few examples of conditions that can affect the teeth and gums, causing more than just bad breath.

Gingivitis and Periodontitis 

Gingivitis and Periodontitis are forms of gum disease that cause inflammation and pain that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and can be reversed with good quality brushing along with other brushing supplements such as flossing and mouth wash. If left too long, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which causes a greater amount of swelling around the gums, affecting the blood supply. Tooth loss is not uncommon at this stage, and if not treated with anti-bacterial medication, the surrounding structure at the base of the teeth will continue to deteriorate. 


Something that can affect people much more quickly is halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath. However, halitosis is bad breath that affects the mouth over a longer period of time, often because of poor hygiene, medication or diet. People on low carbohydrate diets may have bad breath because of the presence of ketones in their body which is expelled through the breath. This itself isn't a hygiene issue at all, and so if you're on a ketogenic diet, then it's nothing to worry about.

If, however, you do brush regularly and still suffer with bad breath, it could be an issue with your saliva glands. If they don't work properly, then bacteria will be able to thrive in the mouth more easily, and it's the bacteria that causes odours. This is where a sugar-free gum can come in handy. On the other hand it could be that you're failing to brush properly behind the teeth and on the tongue. Using a dedicated tongue scraper can help with this alongside a good quality mouthwash. 

To improve your dental health and prevent these issues from occurring just make sure you brush every day both morning and evening. You'll constantly kill off and remove the buildup of dental plaque, preventing it from attacking the gums and teeth whilst maintaining a healthy smile.