Imagine going on a first date or to an important meeting and realizing that you forgot to brush your teeth. You look for gum or mints to hide the stink but to no avail. You’ll probably be self-conscious anytime someone gets too close to you.

Now imagine crawling into bed at the end of the day and realizing you forgot to brush your teeth? Your bed is warm and comfortable, so you justify skipping it and brushing extra well in the morning to make up for it. Why is brushing your teeth before an important event more important than brushing before bed? When you’re at a social function, you’re interacting with people instead of just snuggling up in your bed and passing out, so you are more aware of the consequences.

But, do you know what happens when you skip brushing your teeth? It’s not pretty.

You Could Get Cavities

If you’re only brushing once a day, all of those bacteria are building up in your mouth during the day and then just hanging out in your mouth at night. Sounds gross? It is. Plus, having to get all those cavities filled is not fun, or cheap.

Your Breath Will Stink.

No matter how much gum or mints you use, if you aren’t brushing, that bacteria is multiplying inside of your mouth. That bacteria builds up and makes your teeth fuzzy and smelly. Plus, you can forget that kiss on the first date because no one is going to want to get too close.

You Could Eventually Get Gum Disease

The early signs of gum disease are bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or floss. It can eventually escalate to losing teeth and having to get implants of some kind.

If you are brushing at least once a day, you have a smaller chance of getting gum disease than someone that doesn’t brush at all. But, it is better to brush twice a day to eliminate that chance.

No Pearly White Smile

The food and drinks you consume tend to stain your teeth. When you don’t brush your teeth daily, plaque builds up. Those stains stick to the plaque leaving behind yellowed teeth.

Everyone forgets to brush occasionally, but if it turns into a habit, your mouth is in trouble. So next time you are tempted to stay nestled in your bed, crawl out and brush those teeth. Your bed will still be there in a few minutes.

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