Brushing and flossing your teeth can feel annoying and time-consuming at times.
You have probably wondered often if it’s even worth the effort or if your parents and dentist were just trying to scare you into this habit.
But the frightening truth is that there can be some pretty serious consequences to not properly taking care of your teeth, and not ones you ever really want to find out.
However, if you are one who likes to play devil’s advocate and really want to know, here are five scary things that could happen if you don’t care for your teeth, and that will hopefully have you brushing and flossing every day.
Really bad breath
Everytime that you eat something throughout the day, little pieces of those foods remain in your mouth. Over time that food begins to gather bacteria and decay, which you can imagine, starts to create a not so pleasant smell.
The only way to get rid of this build up of food and plaque is to brush and floss it away, or over time it can actually become hard and then you will only be able to get it removed by your Family Dental Health Center.
If you like your teeth and want them to stay in your mouth then you probably want to start brushing and flossing a lot more regularly because something that can happen when you don’t is that your teeth can begin to fall out.
When you get too many cavities or if you have severe enough gum disease you can begin to lose your teeth. Sadly enough, according to the National Institute for Dental Research, this actually happens to many adults, and most adults lose about seven to nine permanent teeth. Those who really don’t take care of their teeth have actually lost most of them by the time they are 64.
A lot of people wouldn’t think there is a tie between brushing your teeth and diabetes, but that’s not necessarily true.
One scary side effect of not taking care of your teeth and gums is that it can lead to diabetes, which is a scary and very serious disease.
Another very serious disease that most people want to avoid is heart disease, but if you are not taking care of your gums or teeth you may be leading your heart right on to the path of getting it.
Many dentists have conducted studies that show that those who regularly brush and floss their teeth and don’t have serious gum disease are less likely to get heart disease than those who do not, so if you want a healthy heart it’s best to take care of your teeth.
Other very serious issues
If you couldn’t otherwise tell there are some very serious consequences to not taking care of your teeth and gums and more than just bad breath alone.
Some other frightening issues that are tied to poor oral health care dementia, stroke, cancer, and premature birth.
The moral of the story is make sure to brush and floss your teeth and visit your family dentist as regularly as possible so you don’t have to find out the hard way the consequences of not taking care of your teeth.