It may surprise you to know that a lack of sleep can result in a visit to the doctor and the dentist. Inadequate sleep can trigger an inflammatory response in the body which increases the risk of conditions like heart disease and gum disease.

Gum disease is indicated by swollen, bleeding gums and can progress to more serious problems like loose teeth and even tooth loss. Lack of sleep increases the risk of developing gum disease almost as much as smoking does.

Key takeaways

– 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep

– Less than 6 hours of sleep increases the risk of gum disease

– Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night

Adequate sleep is essential for good overall health. Maintain a good bedtime routine in order to improve your physical and dental health.

“Getting enough sleep has proven to be a major influential factor in keeping your smile healthy.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.