How Poor Sleep Affects Your Oral Health

osborne-square-6Are you getting enough shuteye? Lack of sleep has been linked to all sorts of health complications, such as obesity and Alzheimer’s. However, recent studies now suggest that there may also be a link between sleep and oral health. That’s right; your dental health may suffer if you’re not consistently getting your 7-8 hours of sleep.

Sleep and Oral Health – What’s the Relationship?

General dentists are not completely sure how lack of sleep compromises your dental health. Science, however, reveals a troubling pattern. Research has shown a strong link between gum disease and subjects that routinely sleep six hours or less. The study also revealed that getting little sleep may be a greater contributor to the likelihood of periodontal disease than other factors like daily alcohol consumption and chronic stress.

Are You Getting Good Quality Z’s?

It’s not just about quantity, but quality as well. If you wake up multiple times at night, feel lethargic in the morning, or are struggling to fall asleep, then you may not be getting enough deep REM sleep. To develop healthy sleeping habits, try the following:

  • Make a habit to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This means no sleeping in even on your days off
  • Take a warm shower or bath before bed time
  • Drink a warm glass of milk
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillow
  • Avoid daytime sleep (though power napping is fine)

Sleep Well to Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

Contact Silver Firs Dental to arrange for a visit and meet our dentists. Obviously, we’re not sleep specialists, but we do know that poor sleep is often an indicator of your dental health. Our patients are often perplexed when we impart sleeping advice as part of a greater dental tip. We strongly emphasize the importance of good sleep because we’re well aware of the correlation between sleep and oral health.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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