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Cavities and Sleep Deprivation Have a Legitimate Connection

Posted on 4/20/2019 by Thomas Mahar
Cavities and Sleep Deprivation Have a Legitimate ConnectionGetting enough sleep at night can make such a big difference in your life. When you wake up rested, you feel better emotionally, you feel better physically and you feel better mentally. The benefits include less stress and a healthier you. Did you know that depriving yourself of enough sleep can negatively affect your oral health?

Decreased Sleep Equals Increased Inflammation

People who get adequate amounts of sleep every night have a decreased risk of periodontal disease, or gum disease. If you are sleep deprived, not only do you wake up tired and groggy (and sometimes cranky) but it can also lead to some serious oral health issues such as a higher risk of developing cavities and tooth decay.

When you are tired and groggy, it can negatively affect your fine motor skills. This can lead to improper brushing and flossing, and if you fail to remove the plaque and bacteria, it will begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth and cause decay.

Sleep deprivation can also lead to reduced saliva production. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and decay. Saliva regularly rinses the mouth and helps fight cavities. A dry mouth can also lead to inflammation of the gums. This is the beginning of gingivitis, or periodontal disease.

How Much Sleep?
If you are unable to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, keep in mind that it is not always the quantity of sleep that you receive, but the quality. Establish a routine and stick to it, this can help regulate your body clock and help ensure that you are getting a restful night of sleep.

Remember to keep your regularly scheduled cleanings with our office. We are here to assist you with all of your oral health care needs, even if it means helping you get a better night of sleep. Call us today if you have questions or concerns about your oral health.

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