Sleep Deprivation and Oral Health

Sleep Deprivation and Oral Health

You’ve heard that sleep is good for your health but did you know that your oral and dental health also depends on your sleep? That’s right, a good night’s sleep is essential when it comes to maintaining great teeth and gums. If your sleeping habits are poor, you run the risk of having jaw and gum problems which can cause terrible issues in the long term.

For example, the amount of sleep you get per evening is connected with the onset of periodontitis. This means that if you are not getting a good night’s sleep, it’s possible that your teeth and gums are shifting. The result is the loosening of your teeth and the destruction of the bone that holds your teeth in place. This could be troubling in the long term. Those who sleep for an average of seven to eight hours have been proven to be at a lower risk of periodontitis.

Another issue that you have to think about is the risk of inflammation. Poor sleeping habits have been linked to increased inflammation of the gums which can be a risk factor for other issues such as a stroke or heart disease. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep increases your body’s production of hormones that contribute to inflamed gums. You may also be at a greater risk of gingivitis, which can also lead to periodontitis.

If you have other issues, such as teeth grinding or snoring, this is something that you need to talk to your dentist about. While a lack of sleep can lead to issues such as periodontitis, gingivitis, or inflammation, you also have to pay attention to the quality of sleep that you are getting. Speak to us today if you are having issues with the quality of sleep that you are getting because you may be surprised to learn that it can be due to your oral care.

For example, if you are having a hard time sleeping because you are grinding your teeth, this is an oral care issue that we can work with you through. You may need a mouth guard for when you are sleeping, to prevent your teeth from grinding against each other. Another issue that you may be having is snoring, which may be because of the positioning of which you are sleeping. Regardless of the issue, if your dental health is affecting your sleep, this can lead to more serious problems which we can discuss.

The quality and quantity of sleep that you are getting does matter, in terms of both your regular and oral health. Be sure that you are getting productive sleep and that you are getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep per evening. This can help you ensure that you are trying your best to prevent dental related issues that are connected to poor sleeping habits.