What Happens If You Don’t Floss?

You may experience some build-up between your teeth and might even get a few cavities too , but there are also other things that you need to be concerned about if you choose to forego the dental floss. To help you understand the risks, we have compiled a list of 7 terrifying things that will happen to your mouth if you don’t floss.

                    Bleeding Gums

Healthy gum tissue does not bleed. If your gums bleed when you brush, floss or eat, then there is a strong chance that you may have gingivitis or periodontitis. Both of these conditions are types of gum disease.

                  Calculus Buildup

Unlike plaque, which can be tamed by brushing and flossing, calculus is a very hard substance that must be removed by your dentist. Calculus is basically plaque that has been left untreated and has solidified.


Neglecting to floss may be the culprit for bad breath that you can’t seem to get rid of. (Leftover food particles from last week’s lunch are bound not to smell so great, right?

                 Premature Tooth Loss

Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets or space for bacteria to strive and weaken the tooth structure eventually leading to premature tooth loss (as well as a number of other problems).

                 Problems during Pregnancy

Controlling the bacteria in your body is especially important during pregnancy. Bacteria in the mouth can be absorbed into the blood stream of the mother and baby, resulting in low birth weight babies.


Bacteria that is not disturbed will eventually lead to tooth decay (cavities).  Cavities are problematic not just because they require fillings, but because they disrupt the original tooth structure. Once a tooth has a filling or two, it slowly becomes weaker, leading to more necessary dental work down the road




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