Life can be overwhelming. From work, taking care of family and various life obligations relaxing and getting a good night’s rest can be difficult. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep has become extremely common across the world and is often worn as a badge of honour to show how hardworking and resilient they are.
However, the reality is that a lack of sleep can have many adverse effects on your body, such as anxiety, stress and high blood pressure. But, did you know that your oral health can negatively be affected as well?
In this post, we will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation on your dental health and what you can do to combat it.
How Sleep Deprivation Impacts Oral Health
There are a few ways in which lack of sleep can impact oral health, such as bleeding gums, loose teeth, gum infections, teeth grinding, and if left to persist for long, it can even lead to tooth decay and tooth loss!
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection caused by bacteria that have been left to accumulate on the teeth and gums. Symptoms include tender gums, and bleeding when your brush or chew.
This is often the result of poor oral hygiene. However, several studies have shown that those suffering from sleep deprivation are at an increased risk of Periodontitis.
Inflammation In The Gums
Swollen gums or gingivitis are the results of an increase in inflammatory hormones when you’re not getting enough sleep.
Similarly, a lack of sleep makes you less likely to think about your oral hygiene. Lack of sleep can also make you feel sluggish, which increases your tendency to take extra cups of coffee in the morning, or lose focus while brushing your teeth and are less deliberate, also increasing your risk of gingivitis.
Sleep deprivation is connected to Bruxism, the action of clenching and grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. If you are unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth, this could indicate you are not getting enough sleep.
If left untreated, Bruxism can lead to jaw disorders, damaged and crooked teeth or even sleep apnea and snoring.
Weakened Immune System
The immune system is critical for the overall well-being of the body. It provides a line of defence against infections and illness as well as contributes to healthy teeth and gums.
Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in the production of protective proteins, which helps your body heals faster when exposed to infections, especially in the teeth and gums.
The Importance Of Sleep Dentistry
Sleep deprivation does not only cause anxiety, high blood pressure, and heart disease but can affect the state of your oral health as well. Sleep Dentists are there to help you get the most out of your sleep and improve your oral health.
By treating any sleep problems you may have, you can enjoy a number of benefits, including:
- Improved overall health
- Better moods and decreased stress levels
- Improved concentration and productivity
- Healthier hormone levels
- Improved dental health
Let Noosa Family Dental Help You
A good night’s sleep is important for optimal health. The sleep dentistry experts at Noosa Family Dental, offer a range of treatments to help you overcome your sleep problems and work with you to determine the best course of treatment for you. Book your sleep dentistry appointment today.