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What Your Dentist Says About Your Sleep

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

Everyone knows your dentist can improve your smile but did you know they can also help detect sleeping problems? Experts have identified a major factor causing OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is an oversized tongue or tonsils.

Interrupted sleep due to sleep apnea affects over 18 million adults in the US and trouble sleeping has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Key takeaways;

  • Your teeth can leave indentations on the tongue which identifies a larger tongue.

  • Larger tongues are often accompanied by enlarged tonsils.

  • Tongue indentations left by teeth can be spotted by your dentist during a routine check-up.

"The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed, but while sitting in the dentist’s chair."

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


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