Side-Effects of Not Brushing Your Teeth

For many of us brushing our teeth twice daily is something that we have been doing for life, whilst the occasional social event may mean we miss a night, this doesn’t disrupt your mouths state to the extremes that not brushing your teeth at all does.

Let us take you through the main side-effects you will notice should not brushing your teeth be a bad habit that you adopt.


The biggest thing that many people will notice is the halitosis that your mouth begins to produce (commonly known as bad breath). Regular brushing helps to remove the food left over in your mouth after a meal. It is these leftover food particles that, when not brushed away, get broken down by the enzymes in your saliva which produces an odorous, sulfurous compound. Maintaining regular brushing of your teeth will help to disrupt this process.


The buildup of bacteria that is caused by failing to brush your teeth comes with many consequences. Bacteria will begin to increase until resulting with a plaque buildup along your gums and between your teeth. Should this plaque be left unchecked for too long, it turns into tartar. Tartar is a tough, thick (and yellow) staining that causes bleeding and inflammation of your gums. Tartar is resistant to usual brushing habits and so if you have allowed plaque to build up into tartar, a visit to one of our dentists will be the necessary way to treat this.

Tooth Decay

Leaving tartar on your teeth can create serious problems for both your teeth and your overall health. Together with plaque, tartar works to eat away at your teeth and gums, which gives way to allow nastier bacteria deeper access to your gums. Needless to say that this eating away can lead to cavities and tooth loss.


If bacteria and tartar are able to gain prolonged access to your gums, they can infiltrate the bloodline and cause serious health problems. Not only is poor dental health a direct cause for periodontal disease (gum disease), but an unclean mouth is also linked with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), heart attacks, pneumonia, dementia and respiratory infections.

Brushing your teeth twice daily is an important step in disrupting a potential build-up of tartar and plaque build-up. As previously discussed,  leaving bacteria in your mouth can lead to severe health consequences down the road.

If you have any concerns about your dental health, please click here to get in contact with us. We are an Exeter dentist based in the heart of the city, allowing us to be readily available to many.

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