Q: When I was camping this summer I didn’t always have a chance to brush and floss my teeth twice a day – is it ok to miss a day of brushing or flossing? Ask a dentist
A: When oral hygiene is neglected, plaque buildup occurs. This leads to weakened tooth structure and cavities as well as inflamed gums. Excessive plaque buildup can take a while and a cavity will not appear after one missed brushing and flossing session.
But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and skip a day when you don’t feel like taking care of your teeth, as neglecting your routine can lead to oral health diseases and future issues. Also, some people are more susceptible to buildup and will notice symptoms of gum disease earlier than others. Sticking to a regular brushing and flossing regime will help to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Book your next appointment here to get your whole mouth checked for cavities.