Is Your Oral Health Keeping You Awake?

October 10, 2012 | Posted in Education

Life is certainly busy enough with lots of activities that can keep us from getting the sleep that we need. Do you ever wonder how that lack of sleep affects your overall health?

Sleep is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle. While you sleep, the body is regenerating; recharging and recovering from all the stress, hustle and bustle you put it through for the previous 16 hours. If your body is not getting the quality sleep it needs, you are not recovering and getting ready to do it all again the next day!

Most of you know that a lack of sleep will affect your energy. There are also studies that connect lack of sleep with weight gain due to its impact on the metabolism.

What many people may not be aware of is that some studies have linked lack of sleep to periodontal disease! In fact, when you remove poor brushing and flossing habits, these studies suggest that lack of sleep is second only to smoking as being a contributing factor to periodontal disease.

When you think about it, it does make a lot of sense. If you are not getting enough sleep night after night, your body’s energy levels will suffer. When your energy declines, your bodies defense mechanisms also decline. That can allow all forms of bacteria more freedom to run rampant throughout your body – including the bacteria associated with periodontal disease!

Unfortunately for some people, no matter how early they get to bed, they just cannot get enough quality sleep to look after their health. For some, the problem may be simple snoring, which can affect their sleep as well as that of their partner! Other snorers may actually suffer from sleep apnea.

While we may not be able to help severe cases of sleep apnea at Rideau Dental Centre, snoring may be something we can help with. You may find that a custom fitted night guard is all that you need to sufficiently open your mouth and throat, thereby eliminating the tendency to snore!

More and more people are discovering that a night guard can be the difference between a sluggish day and a great night sleep – for themselves as well as their partners! So if you know that snoring is a problem for you, mention it to us at your next appointment.

You need that quality sleep to keep your bodies’ defenses working at their best! It can keep your entire body healthy, and that includes your gums and teeth! So if you want to feel better all around AND reduce your risk of periodontal disease, doing what you can to sleep better may be vital to you.  Because good sleep is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr.  Bao Nguyen

Dental Surgeon