The Link Between Sleep and Oral Health

Oral Health Affects SleepThere’s no substitute for the effect a full night’s rest can have on our body and mind. It’s no surprise that our time spent sleeping can be just as important as factors like diet, exercise and lifestyle choices to our overall health. What might surprise you is the fact that the quality of our sleep and our oral health is actually closely connected as well. Hours of sleep per night has been identified as a contributing factor to periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Luckily, there are amazing options like dental implants to restore missing or failing teeth. Dental implants utilize the fusion of an implant to the jawbone, also known as osseointegration, to anchor an artificial tooth. Although dental implants are an amazing solution, it’s better to prevent tooth loss by taking care of your natural teeth. Sleep is a little-known factor that can impact the health of your teeth. Today, Dr. Goehring is blogging from Austin, TX to explain the link between sleep and oral health.

The Effect of Sleep on Oral Health

Brushing, flossing, and avoiding tobacco products are all obvious ways to take care of your oral health. What most people don’t realize is that the amount of sleep you get can also affect the health of your teeth. A study from Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry found that sleep was ranked the second-highest factor influencing periodontal disease after smoking. Sleep is so important to oral health because it is a time when your body spends time healing and repairing itself. Different aspects of your body like blood vessels, blood sugar levels and your immune system benefit from your time sleeping. These aspects are all important because they relate to your oral health. Getting enough rest is also great to reduce stress which can be a contributing factor to bad breath and canker sores.

The Effect of Oral Health on Sleep

The relationship between sleep on oral health works vice versa as well. The quality of your oral health can affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Studies continue to support that poor oral care can keep you up at night. Teeth grinding that occurs from misalignment of teeth affects millions of people and affects the quality of sleep. Other symptoms of poor oral health like tender gums or toothaches can keep people from being able to fall asleep due to discomfort.

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If you’re experiencing poor sleep, it may be time to take a look at the condition of your teeth. Poor oral health can be the culprit of your sleeping troubles or vice versa. If you’re concerned about your failing or missing teeth, consider getting dental implants. For more information, contact our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.