What Happens If You Don’t
Do Teeth Cleaning
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You have been likely told about the
importance of teeth cleaning. It is not
just about hygiene. Brushing your
teeth regularly is not just about
maintaining good oral hygiene; it
protects your overall health too. There
are several conditions that can go
along with not cleaning your teeth.
You are risking more than just
What happens when you do not
clean your teeth regularly?
We use our teeth on a regular basis, so
it is expected that many things can go
wrong over time, especially if we do
not take proper care of them. Getting
your teeth cleaned regularly is
important to avoid experiencing at
least one of the following dental
problems during your lifetime:
1. Plaque buildup
According to the University of Illinois
at Chicago College of Dentistry, there
are more than 300 specific types of
bacteria living in your mouth. When
you do not regularly brush, these
bacteria will feed on food particles
and sugary debris, causing tooth
decay and plaque buildup.
Plaque can develop within less than
24 hours and if not cleaned
immediately, the bacteria in plaque
will feed on the sugars in the mouth
and thrive. Over time, it will get
thicker and heavier. If not removed
with a tooth brushing, the minerals
in the saliva will harden the soft,
sticky substance into tartar.
Plaque can spread all over your
mouth. It forms on the flat surfaces
of your teeth, where it comes in
contact regularly with your tongue.
It can also reach gingival crevices,
the small spaces between your tooth
2. Gingivitis or gum disease
Over time, if the plaque is not
removed through cleaning, the
bacteria in plaque also produce their
own waste products. These are acids
that can irritate the gums, causing
redness, inflammation, and bleeding.
It takes only a few days for these
symptoms to develop. This can be
considered as the early stage of gum
disease or gingivitis.
Living with such can be irritating and