Sunshine Dental
2525 36 St NE #117 Calgary AB T1Y 5T4 (403) 293-7545
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Calgary, AB

587-317-5881
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What Can Happen if You Don’t Brush Your Teeth?

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We’ve been told time and time again that brushing twice a day keeps our smiles healthy and bright. But what can happen if you don’t brush your teeth enough? 

To have good dental health, you need a mix of professional dental care and personal dental care. Visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam twice a year is a great place to start, but these cleanings won’t be helpful unless you maintain a proper oral hygiene routine at home too. 

Keep reading to learn more about good practices for taking care of your oral health at home, and what can happen if you don’t brush your teeth properly.

How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth? 

How often you brush your teeth depends on a number of factors including your personal needs, your history of oral disease, and your lifestyle.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and always make sure to brush your teeth before going to bed. 

At Sunshine Dental, we understand that everyone is different, and oral hygiene needs can change from one person to the next. During your dental appointment,  our dentists and dental  hygienists can help outline a good oral routine for your health needs. 

Potential Problems of Not Brushing Your Teeth 

While it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day, nothing terrible will happen if you forget to brush your teeth once in a while. However, if skipping brushing becomes a habit, you will be at an increased risk for dental health issues.

The following are some potential problems that can happen if you don’t regularly brush your teeth.

Stained Teeth

Without regular brushing, your teeth can become stained. This is especially true if you drink coffee, tea, red wine, or smoke cigarettes.

Bad Breath

If you don’t brush your teeth, food particles remain in your mouth, which can cause your breath to smell bad. Additionally, plaque will begin to collect on your teeth which can break down the tooth enamel and cause tooth decay, further leading to bad breath. 

Cavities

Brushing your teeth helps to remove harmful plaque that forms on the surface of your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed it can lead to cavities. If left untreated, cavities can lead to infections that can damage your teeth and gums. 

Gingivitis

Just as a buildup of plaque can damage your teeth, it can damage your gums as well. The bacteria present in plaque can cause swelling and irritation in the gums. This can weaken the gums, leading to a form of gum disease called gingivitis

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is another form of gum disease caused by the bacteria found in plaque. Periodontitis can damage the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth. 

Heart disease

Research shows that there may be a link between gum diseases and heart disease. People with gum disease have an increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular issues. 

Other Long Term Health Problems

Gum disease has been linked with higher risks of many health problems, including kidney disease, dementia, and certain types of cancers.

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How to Take Care of Your Teeth 

To avoid the above complications and health issues, it’s important to take proper care of your teeth. Healthy teeth require regular dental cleanings and exams, but daily personal care is also a necessity. 

Here are some tips to take care of your teeth at home: 

  • Brush your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes each time
  • Floss at least once a day
  • See your dentist at least once every 6 months
  • Check your mouth regularly for anything such as lumps or bumps that may look out of the ordinary
  • Avoid using tobacco
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Try upgrading to an electric toothbrush
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Limit sugary & acidic foods
  • Use oral care products bearing the Canadian Dental Association seal

Healthy Teeth Start with Regular Dental Exams

Regular dental exams and cleanings are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. During a dental exam, your dentist has the opportunity to:

  • Prevent cavities & gum disease
  • Detect oral issues early
  • Notice signs of tooth-damaging habits 
  • Protect your oral & overall health
  • Keep your smile bright & healthy
  • Notice any changes in your oral health
  • Check your bite for abnormalities 
  • Educate you on oral hygiene habits

A professional cleaning goes hand in hand with your dental exam. A dental cleaning ensures that hard-to-reach plaque and calculus (calcified plaque) are removed professionally, preventing cavities and other oral disease before it becomes damaging.

Are You Ready for Your Next Appointment?

At Sunshine Dental, our knowledgeable and professional staff are here to help you with all of your dental needs. 

Whether you have concerns about your oral health, or it’s just time for your next regular checkup, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Book an appointment with us today to get the dental care you deserve! 

Finding Us Is Easy

Located in Sunridge Mall, NE Calgary

Visit us in the Lower Level of Sunridge Mall in NE Calgary. We are next door to Old Navy and the West Mall Entrance, with direct outside access from the parking lot. We offer direct insurance billing. We handle all the paperwork, so you don’t have to!

Open evenings and weekends for your convenience.

Address

#117 2525 36 Street NE
Calgary , T1Y5T4

Contact Information

Phone: 587-317-5881
Email: sunshinedental@shaw.ca

Hours

Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Our Location

Visit us in the Lower Level of Sunridge Mall in NE Calgary. We are next door to Old Navy and the West Mall Entrance, with direct outside access from the parking lot. We offer direct insurance billing. We handle all the paperwork, so you don’t have to!

Open evenings and weekends for your convenience.

Located in Sunridge Mall, NE Calgary

#117 2525 36 Street NE
Calgary , T1Y5T4

Contact Information

Phone: 587-317-5881
Email: sunshinedental@shaw.ca
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

The Process is Simple

Request an
Appointment

Call or come see us. We’ll schedule you in for a time that works for you.

Get Your
Consultation

One of our general dentists will take a look and evaluate your oral health.

Request
Your Treatment

We'll work with you to schedule the next steps to get you on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Enjoy
Direct Billing

Leave all the paperwork to us. We deal with all insurance companies so you don't have to. We also direct bill and take insurance assignment.

The Process is Simple

Request an
Appointment

Call or come see us. We’ll schedule you in for a time that works for you.

Get Your
Consultation

One of our general dentists will take a look and evaluate your oral health.

Request
Your Treatment

We'll work with you to schedule the next steps to get you on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Enjoy
Direct Billing

Leave all the paperwork to us. We deal with all insurance companies so you don't have to. We also direct bill and take insurance assignment.

Request an Appointment

Submit a form to request an appointment, someone will be in contact within 24 hours to book.