What happens if you skip brushing your teeth for just one day?

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Brushing your teeth is an extremely important hygiene habit. Dentists say that 24 hours is the maximum period for which you can leave them unwashed in exceptional cases, but you can immediately notice the consequences after that one day.

For most, brushing your teeth is a hygiene habit that is taken for granted, twice a day. However, a survey reveals how many people actually don't.

While over two-thirds of women brush their teeth at least twice a day, only half of men say they reach for a toothbrush that often. Dr. Rona Eskander, dentist for The Sun explained the consequences of not brushing your teeth for just 24 hours. She pointed out that the maximum time the teeth should be left unbrushed is 24 hours.

"Beyond this point, plaque buildup becomes significant, increasing the risk of dental problems," she emphasized.

We all forget to brush our teeth from time to time, and both of your brushing "sessions" are important, but according to Dr. Eshander, if you have to choose, not brushing at night is slightly worse than brushing in the morning.

"During sleep, saliva production decreases, allowing bacteria to multiply faster. "Brushing your teeth before bed helps remove food particles and bacteria that can lead to cavities during the night," she says.

Among the consequences you may notice if you don't brush your teeth for just one day are:

Plaque builds up within hours

Skipping brushing means that the bacteria in your mouth feed on food particles and produce acid.

"Within hours, plaque starts to form on your teeth," she says. "Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease," says Dr. Eshander.

Over time, tartar can form - the hardened dental plaque that can only be removed by a dentist. In addition to brushing, flossing can help protect every part of your teeth from plaque.

Bad breath

Bad breath can occur if you do not use toothpaste,

"Bacteria in your mouth release odorous compounds when they break down food particles, causing bad breath," says Dr. Eshander.

The dentist adds that maintaining good oral hygiene and staying hydrated can help prevent bad breath.

The teeth can be colored the same day

Do you want to have pearly white teeth? Don't skip brushing your teeth, as stains can build up in as little as a day.

Dr. Eskander says that if you don't brush her teeth, stains from food, drinks and tobacco can build up, leading to discoloration of her teeth. Food and drink stains can vary depending on factors such as tooth enamel health and oral hygiene.

"In general, staining can occur immediately with foods and beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea, berries and dark sodas," she explains.

If you regularly skip brushing your teeth, you are much more likely to develop gum disease in the long term, the dentist warns.

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