A member asked:

How long will it take for cavities to develop if you don't brush your teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Ritota answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Quickly: Not a good idea to not brush, we know about how to prevent tooth decay, it is well document.

Answered 8/18/2012

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Dr. Rahim Bhanji answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depends: People develop decay at different rates. If you bathe your teeth in sugar all day you will most likely develop cavities sooner than someone who doesn't. The bigger concern is losing your teeth over time due to periodontal disease and bone loss. Brushing and flossing is essential to good dental health.

Answered 7/17/2015

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Why do you ask?: Formation of cavities depends on anatomy of the teeth, layering of bacteria, ph of saliva, amount of sugars/starches in your diet, and many other factors.. Why not brush? Do you want cavities, bad breath, gum disease, pain? Better to take care of yourself. Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.

Answered 7/17/2015

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