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Sleep and Gum Disease: Is There a Relationship?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

Regular trips to the dentist can guarantee the health of our teeth as well as a flawless smile. However, this habit may not be enough if we fail to receive the proper amount of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep has been shown to increase the chances that gum disease will develop. This inflammatory condition may eventually lead to other illnesses such as heart disease and even stroke.

What other dangers exist and how can the correct sleeping habits be embraced?

  • Gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and even lead to a serious condition known as periodontal disease.

  • Fewer hours of sleep have been linked to high blood pressure.

  • It is best to avoid any distractions while in bed and to not eat for at least two hours prior to sleeping.

"Gum disease makes teeth shift, causes loose teeth, bleeding gums, and pockets between the gums and teeth where infection breeds."

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For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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