Everyone has done it. It’s OK to admit it. We’ve all skipped brushing and flossing before going to bed at least a few times in our lives. While you’ve probably experienced the ensuing bad breath, the most obvious side effect of skipping your brushing and flossing session, you might not have been aware of the other havoc you were simultaneously wreaking on your mouth.
Bacteria is constantly forming on your teeth. Most people are familiar with the sticky or fuzzy feeling the bacteria creates; that’s the beginning of plaque. Regular brushing and flossing removes the bacteria and plaque so it doesn’t become tartar (the hard yellow stuff that the dentist works so diligently to remove). When you skip brushing and flossing, however, tartar begins to build up, and your risk of tooth decay begins to increase.
So, next time you’re feeling too lazy to brush and floss and you just want to curl up in bed, consider your oral health. And remember, mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing. Make sure you’re taking the best care of your body and make brushing and flossing, twice a day, a priority. Your body will thank you for it!