Sleep and Your Oral Health: What You Should Know

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You may already know that exercising regularly is important if you’re hoping to stay strong and healthy. For example, you probably know that exercising and following a well-balanced diet are important steps you should take. You might also understand that you should try to get the right amount of sleep every night, but have you heard that getting enough shut eye is also important to your oral health?

In reality, not getting enough sleep might actually leave you very susceptible to chronic issues like heart disease. Unfortunately, if you get less than six hours of sleep, you might be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, you could be as vulnerable as someone who smokes cigarettes because your body could have an automatic inflammatory response to insufficient sleep. If you are left unaddressed, gum disease will cause bad breath, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. Typically, we recommend getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

If you are interested in learning more about the importance of getting enough sleep, or would like to hear more about avoiding gum disease in Kirkland, Washington, we invite you to give Mark Andrews, D.D.S. a call at 425-821-8100. We’ll be happy to address any questions you might have and help you treat any issues we find. Dr. Mark Andrews and our team are eager to receive your call soon!