You’re about to go on a first date with a girl
you have been chatting with on Tinder.
and you feel like there is a lot of promise with this one.
You spent all day preparing,
showing, spraying yourself with cologne,
combing your hair after dumping a little too much gel all over it
– because, hey, you’re nervous!
因为 嘿 你太紧张了
Your mom helped you choose your outfit, a nice long-sleeved, collared shirt
and dress pants with dress shoes.
She urged you to add a nice tie to your ensemble, but you retaliated,
asserting that you didn’t want to look overly formal.
Finally, after much preparation, you feel somewhat confident and ready to go.
Your mom grants you a kiss on the forehead
before you leave and, instead of telling you, “good luck,”
she says, “don’t come back until you bring me grandchildren!”
而是告诉你 除非让她抱上孙子 否则别回来
As if you weren’t under enough pressure already!
You offer to pick your date up like the gentleman that you are,
but she insists on meeting in a public place – a reasonable request
for any meetup with someone from the internet.
So, you go to meet her at a small Italian Bistro.
Once you have your table, you patiently wait
and that’s when the anxiety escalates.
You think you remembered everything when getting ready for this moment,
but you can’t help but suddenly feel like
you forgot to do something very important.
Your tongue crosses over your teeth
and that’s when you suddenly realize with horror that
you forgot to address basic oral hygiene.
This is when panic sets in and you race to the men’s room
to see if you can do the next best thing:
rub water across your teeth using your finger over the sink.
Unless some guy in the bathroom with you happens
to be carrying a portable bottle of mouth rinse on him to share with you
– which is not likely – you’re pretty much out of luck.
Thus, you return to your table and hope that your date won’t notice,
but who are you, kidding?
You know you’re going to feel insecure about this all night,
which may spoil your evening with her
as the nagging thought gnaws at you.
She arrives, prettier face-to-face than her pictures on her profile.
The two of you chat over dinner and connect really well.
Now, one of two events may occur.
Either you’re too ashamed of your unkept teeth to make a move,
or you are having such a great time
that you forget about the whole thing and approach her anyway.
Either way probably won’t end too well.
In the first scenario, you decide not to approach her at all,
in which case she’ll either think you’re simply not interested in her
or that there’s something wrong with you.
Her mind may come up with different ideas about you,
“Maybe he’s a virgin or maybe he is not actually into women.
Maybe he’s better friend-material than romantic…”
As a heterosexual male, this is the last outcome you want
from the woman that you’re attracted to.
The pressure for men to be charming and perform adequately on a first date
can be daunting and confusing as is,
let alone with the added strain of knowing you forgot to brush your pearly whites.
Still, there’s hope that maybe your date will be one of those girls
who appreciates that you respect her enough not to
make a move on the first date.
All you can do is cross your fingers and hope this is the case.
In the second scenario, you are having such a good time
that you completely forget about your mouth situation.
Your bodily position instinctually moves in closer towards her,
which would indicate interest.
But she begins to get a whiff of your unpleasant breath
and her body responds by stiffening.
She won’t say anything to you directly because she is polite,
but you recognize the expression of disgust on her face
and immediately retreat to your former sitting position,
biting your lip and covering your mouth in shame.
Because the unpleasant truth, as many men can attest,
is that women notice and have the impeccable power
to pick up on every detail.
So, if you forget something crucial
like brushing your teeth before a date,
you can count on her knowing about it
and reporting it back to her friends after your evening has ended.
What a disaster!
Now you face the dread of returning home to your mom
and you get to hear the familiar lecture about
how you’d better move out of her downstairs basement before you turn forty.
So, aside from causing you bad luck in the dating department
and displeasing your mom,
what else can occur when you don’t brush your teeth?
Also, what happens if you stop brushing your teeth for a long duration?
Well, it probably goes without saying that you can kiss your social life goodbye.
Your connections will be flushed down the toilet
as more of your friends start to cancel their plans with you
to avoid smelling the nasty odor vortex from within your mouth.
Some may not even realize
why it is suddenly unpleasant to be around you,
but they no longer have an interest in being physically nearby.
“There’s just something off about him these days,” they may say.
“I can’t quite put my finger on it…”
But the nose knows.
Typically, when you forget to brush your teeth once or twice,
the worst that may ensue is bad breath.
Sometimes, if you forget to brush in the morning,
you may have some of that morning goo on your teeth –
you know what we’re talking about:
That slime sensation when you first wake up.
This morning slime is known as biofilm,
which is a thin layer of bacteria that sticks to your gums and teeth.
It is pale yellow in color and just plain gross.
The goo is like a film, hence the name.
It happens to everyone.
And if you’re a mouth breather, you might also feel really dry with cracked lips,
which is the worst kind of feeling.
Brushing your teeth helps to remove biofilm and freshen your mouth,
which is a great way to start the day.
Now, we understand that not everyone actually enjoys brushing their teeth.
Many people may do it out of obligation so that they don’t have to hear a long,
drawn-out lecture at their next visit to the dentist.
But when you stop brushing your teeth on a daily basis and you don’t shed the morning biofilm,
但是 如果你不再每天刷牙 没有去除那层生物膜
bacteria can build up to form dental plaque.
Plaque can lead to gum disease that is built from bad bacteria.
This is especially true if you have a sweet tooth
– forgive the pun – and you eat a lot of sugar.
The leftover sugar thrives and transforms into tooth-decaying acid.
The longer you go without brushing your teeth,
the more likely the biofilm or plaque
can turn into a thick tartar
that only a dentist can remove with their specialized tools.
People on Google commonly ask how long you can go without brushing your teeth
before the accumulation of plaque becomes too thick.
We found the answer to be one week.
We should add that between 3 days and one week,
you may also develop gingivitis, a gum disease
that causes your gums to redden with touch and bleed more often.
So, what percentage of people actually skip brushing their teeth?
“According to statistics from the Delta Dental Oral Health
and Well-being Survey found on the American Dental Association’s website,
more than 30 percent of Americans aren’t brushing enough
[- meaning length of time-],
and 23 percent of adults have gone two or more days
without brushing their teeth in the previous year” (Quoted from Capetta, 2015).
This seems to be the case mostly for young males,
as explained by Dr. Wolff, a professor in the department of Cariology
and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry.
If you were to go longer than a week without brushing your teeth
– let’s say a month – the bacteria begins breaking down your teeth.
Not only will your gums turn red,
but you’ll also see your teeth start to decay.
Now we move into uncharted, disgusting territory.
If you dare to go an entire year without brushing your teeth,
you will notice holes in your teeth from where
the acidity of plaque has burned through your choppers.
At this point your gums won’t be just red, they’ll be completely inflamed.
这时候 你的牙龈不但会发红 还会发炎
Okay, so what if you went five years?
Now this is a ridiculous stretch but while we’re on the topic,
we may as well explore it.
After 1,800 days without brushing,
you would have insanely severe gum inflammation.
At this point, you may also be in need of false teeth to
replace the ones you have left – if any.
Obviously, we wouldn’t recommend going against your dentist’s advice
so do yourself a favor and just brush.
Dr. Wolff from our source suggests
brushing for two minutes at least once a day.
Many people don’t brush this long in one go
unless they’re one of those OCD types who feel the need to touch every corner of their mouths.
We’re talking about people who are diligent,
getting at every nook and cranny when they brush,
which is a good thing but not everyone has the time.
In the popular tv show, The Office, Michael Scott said
he brushed his teeth less than thirty seconds in the episode, “The Injury.”
To be specific, he actually said
30 seconds was 3 times as long as it took him to do it.
Needless to say,
you probably don’t want to be a Michael Scott.
Taking two minutes out of your day is definitely worth it,
especially if you want to put your mind at ease
for when you’re with a woman on your next date.
After all, you can count on her
wanting to see you with fresh breath and teeth.
Even if you have many other flaws you can’t account for,
you can at least control the state of your mouth.
You’re about to go on a first date with a girl