Posted on 10/20/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
There are several keys to good health. Proper diet, exercise and rest are the things health professionals recommend for your body. When it comes to oral health, these things still apply. Some may wonder how sleep can affect your oral health. The answers may surprise them.
The Importance of Sleep
Something happens as we get older. Children get to bed early so they can get their body ready for the next day. Adults worry that they do not have enough time in the day to do everything they want and often give up sleep to pursue other things.
It is important to get a good night's rest to allow the body to recover from the things it goes through during the day. When the body rests, it can do things to help heal itself. This is true about oral health too. Rest gives the body a chance to heal the damage that the teeth and gums go through during the day.
What Sleep Can Do
When the body rests, it can start to heal different oral health issues. It can allow the body to fight infections in the teeth and gums. Sleep can help reduce the inflammation of gums. This is because the body produces more of what it needs to fight infections during a normal period of sleep.
During the day, the teeth are put under a great deal of stress. When you sleep the cardiovascular system provide more blood to help repair any damage that the teeth took during the day. Your teeth become fortified while you sleep.
Sleep is not always great for oral health. It is a time when bacteria can grow and that could lead to problems with cavities. You are more likely to grind your teeth while you sleep which causes damage.
While there is some downside to sleep and its impact on oral health, it is still important to get a good night's rest. The benefits of sleep far outweigh any problems it may cause.
For more information about this or any other topic regarding your oral health, contact the dental professionals at our offices with any question you may have.
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