It has been known for some time that insufficient sleep can lead to many otherwise preventable health problems. However, it is also true that poor sleep routines are associated with a much higher risk of gum disease, unhealthy teeth and more visits to the dentist. What have researchers found and how can sleep have a direct impact upon our smile?
Let us take a look at the relationship between a lack of sleep and issues such as gum disease.
– Those who obtain a few hours of sleep every night are just as likely to develop gum disease as smokers.
– A minimum of six hours of sleep is recommended for adults.
– A deprivation of sleep causes inflammatory hormones to be released; potentially impacting the health of the gums.
“When you’re sleep deprived, there’s an increase in inflammatory hormones, which can directly impact your gums.”