Neglecting your oral health for one day will leave your teeth feeling grimy and your breath smelling bad. If you quickly get back on track with your oral care routine, there will not be any long-term consequences for missing a day of brushing and flossing. However, if you make a habit of neglecting your oral health there will be a number of long-term side effects. You risk things like tooth discoloration, bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and a number of physical medical conditions when you regularly neglect your oral health.
The things you eat and drink each day can cause stains to the surface of your teeth. Over time, your teeth can become discolored because of these surface stains. Brushing twice daily can help remove some of the surface stains. If you neglect to brush regularly the surface stains will build up and lead to discolored teeth. When surface stains are allowed to build up, they can become more difficult to remove with brushing alone.
Persistent bad breath is something that you risk when you neglect your oral health. Bad breath is caused by bacteria buildup in your mouth. Brushing and flossing work together to remove much of the bacteria that can cause bad breath. You need to engage in brushing and flossing regularly in order to prevent persistent bad breath and the embarrassment that can come along with it.
Bacteria, plaque, and tartar in your mouth can all lead to tooth decay. A high-quality oral care routine that includes brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and visiting your dentist twice per year is important if you want to prevent tooth decay. If you neglect your oral care you risk developing painful decay that will erode your teeth.
Neglecting your oral health can lead to gum disease. Brushing and flossing effectively and consistently are essential to preventing gum disease. Bacteria between your teeth and tartar buildup at the gum-line are two factors that lead to this issue. A high-quality oral care routine is the best way to prevent gum disease and its potential side effects.
Physical medical conditions
Neglecting your oral health can lead to problems with your physical health. Serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke have all been linked to the presence of advanced gum disease (periodontitis). If you develop gum disease and do not take steps to eliminate it then you could find yourself dealing with serious issues related to your physical health as well.
The consequences of neglecting your oral health are serious and far-reaching. It only takes a few minutes each morning and evening to brush and floss properly. And, routine dental visits only have to happen twice per year to provide you with quality preventative care. If you have been neglecting your oral health but are ready to get back on track, schedule an appointment at Coral West Dental.