8. Plaque Builds Up
When you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day, the bacteria in your mouth mixes with proteins and food, creating plaque buildup. This sticky gunk covers teeth and fillings, gets beneath the gums, and sticks to dental work. The plaque then hardens into tartar, which harms the gums and leads to gum disease.
7. Skipping Leads to Gum Inflammation
Gum disease doesn’t happen overnight, but the nights you forget to brush your teeth can snowball into gingivitis. Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, is an early sign of gum disease. Gingivitis results in redness, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding gums. At this point, it’s important to stop the progression towards gum disease and start brushing and flossing your teeth according to your dentist’s recommendations. Otherwise, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis.
6. You Could Lost Your Teeth to Periodontitis
Periodontitis, known as periodontal disease, is the next step after gingivitis. With periodontitis, the gums recede and gum tenderness turns into pain. Teeth start to loosen and bone loss occurs. If not addressed, a mild case of periodontitis can progress to advanced periodontal disease, leading to tooth loss and severe pain when chewing food.