What Would Really Happen if You Stopped Brushing Your Teeth?

What Would Really Happen if You Stopped Brushing Your Teeth?

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors didn't brush their teeth - what happens if you stop altogether?

While modern technologies (hello electric toothbrush!) and designs certainly help with the efficiency of brushing out teeth, it is certainly not a new phenomenon. The earliest known ‘toothbrushes’ date all the way back to 3500 B.C.E.

Researcher Karen Hardy used calcified plaque on a fossil to determine that early humans at least tried to take care of their teeth - and while these early devices were more like haphazard toothpicks, even our early ancestors understood the importance of keeping their teeth in good shape.

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So what would happen if you stopped brushing your teeth?

After you eat bacteria in your mouth starts to break down the sugar left by your foods on your teeth. As this sugar breaks down, it turns into acid - which can severely damage the outer coating of your teeth (your enamel) causing holes - better known as cavities.

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You don't need an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth - just stay consistent!

Plaque will also start to build up on your teeth - this sticky film made up of bacteria can cause tooth decay (those cavities again), and gum disease (gingivitis).

“Your teeth will become decayed and eventually cause you a lot of pain.  Having healthy teeth is essential to good overall health, nutrition, and enjoying your food.” - Dr. Holman Yu

So while it might seem convenient to skip brushing tonight - think again! Make sure you are regularly brushing and flossing. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day.

Are you concerned about the health of your teeth? Dr. Holman Yu at Dentistry in Waterloo has been practicing for over 14 years. Click HERE to learn more about how you can prevent these issues, and to book an appointment!