Leading dentists reveal the grizzly truth about neglecting teeth cleaning

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A clutch of dentists has contributed to an article warning patients what happens when you neglect to brush your teeth. Dr Ken Harris, Dr Sameer Patel and Dr Adam Thorne have shed light on the grizzly truth about what happens to your teeth when you don’t brush them frequently.

Dentists recommend twice-daily brushing, but many studies and surveys suggest that a significant proportion of people don’t heed this advice.

The dental issues faced by those who don’t clean their teeth twice a day are perhaps well-documented. However, poor oral hygiene is not just a risk factor gum disease, dental infections, and cavities. It can also increase your risk of heart disease, as harmful oral bacteria can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, triggering an inflammatory reaction. In mild cases, gum disease is treatable, but if it’s left alone, it can develop into an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis, which contributes to premature tooth loss.

Skipping regular brushing can also take its toll on your appearance. If you don’t brush, you’re more likely to suffer bad breath, one of the biggest turn-offs in a potential partner, and staining. Discoloured teeth can age you, and make you less attractive to prospective dates. Research also suggests that people with healthy looking, bright smiles are more likely to be offered jobs than those who have dental issues.

The expert trio recommends two minutes of brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, every day. When you’re brushing, hold the head of the brush at 45 degrees, so that you can cover the gum line. Don’t brush too hard, as this can damage your enamel. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

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