Did you know a good night’s sleep can have a positive impact on your oral health? Many studies have shown that there is a direct connection between a lack of sleep and the development of periodontitis (gum disease). Here’s what you need to know about sleep and your oral health!
How Does Sleep Impact Oral Health?
Great question! A good night’s sleep gives the body a chance to recuperate, fight infection, and heal. When the body has enough time to rest, it repairs the body by sending oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body, including the mouth. A good night’s sleep can help replenish and strengthen tooth enamel. A healthy amount of sleep also strengthens the immune system to help your body fight off infection and inflammation in the body including the mouth. Sleep can stave off bad bacteria and help fight periodontitis.
Sleeping Disorders & Oral Health
Sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, can also wreak havoc on your smile. People with sleep apnea often don’t get the proper amount of sleep they need. They also typically snore and sleep with their mouth open. When mouth breathing occurs while sleeping, saliva production decreases and the mouth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Saliva is critical in cleansing the mouth, keeping the gums moist, and neutralizing bad bacteria.
No matter what’s causing your sleep deprivation, it can cause a wide range of health issues. If you are currently struggling from a lack of consistent sleep, please contact your general physician or a sleep doctor right away. The sooner you get to the root cause of your sleeping issues, the better.
Schedule Your Oral Health Consultation!
In addition to getting consistent sleep for at least 8 hours a night, we also recommend visiting the dentist twice a year for a dental consultation. Regular cleanings and exams can help you maintain great oral health!
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This post was written by Chandler Dental Center