Can sleep affect your dental health?

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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