The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends toothbrushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. However, it’s easy to “forget” to brush your teeth. We’ve all been there. If you don’t think you’ll encounter anyone in person for the entire day, it might be tempting to skip a tooth brushing session — or two. After all, no one will be smelling your breath on a Zoom call or video chat. And perhaps you sometimes forget to brush your teeth before you sleep. That’s fine, right? You won’t be having a conversation with anyone while you snore. No harm, no foul. Well, actually, it’s pretty foul.
Your dentist might harp on you to floss and brush, but there are good reasons why they do. Cleaning your teeth gets rid of more than the remnants of your day’s pizza or popcorn; it removes harmful bacteria. The ramifications of skipping a session or two of brushing boil down to more than just stinky breath. It can impact your overall health.
10. It Can Lead to Bad Breath
Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, typically begins in the mouth. When you don’t brush your teeth well, food particles collect on the surface of the tongue and gums. Oral bacteria feast on the leftover food in the mouth, producing chemicals that cause bad breath. When you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day, the food you eat becomes food for the bacteria in your mouth, resulting in halitosis.
9. Enamel Erosion
Failure to brush your teeth twice a day can lead to enamel erosion. Enamel is the outer layer of your tooth that protects it from daily wear and tear. It’s the teeth’s armor, protecting them from chipping, cracking, and feeling pain. If you drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks and sugary juices, sticking to the recommended two times a day tooth brushing schedule is a must. Soft drinks, sports drinks, and juices are all associated with enamel erosion. When enamel erosion occurs, the teeth appear discolored and can become hypersensitive and prone to cavities. Brushing teeth helps to rid the mouth of the harmful acids in sugary drinks, keeping teeth strong.