Does Oral Hygiene Affect Your Sleep?

If you aren’t cleaning your teeth properly, the lack of oral care may be affecting more than the look of your smile. It could be robbing you of a good night’s rest. Here are a few consequences of poor oral hygiene that affect your sleep:

Pain

If you have ever had a severe toothache, you know how it uncomfortable tooth pain can be. Toothaches are often the result of tooth decay that could have been avoided through meticulous brushing and flossing.

Each time you floss or brush your teeth, you are removing plaque that includes oral bacteria. The bacteria in sticky plaque release acid that eats away at your tooth enamel, eventually leading to cavities.

The enamel is the protective coating of your teeth that surrounds the underlying layer of dentin. Within the dentin are tubes that house dental nerves. As a cavity deepens and these nerves are exposed, tooth pain and dental sensitivity become increasingly problematic.

Inflammation

Poor oral hygiene doesn’t only affect the teeth. It also affects your gums, leading to gum disease. As gum disease becomes more severe, pockets or spaces develop between your gums and teeth. Oral bacteria enter these pockets and migrate to other areas of your body to cause inflammation.

As the inflammation affects the heart and blood vessels, heart disease can develop. Due to the increased strain on the circulatory system, your sleep patterns may be disturbed.

Blood Sugar

Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease that results in fluctuations in blood sugar– especially in people who are already diabetic. Poorly controlled blood sugar is known to cause sleep problems.

When blood sugar levels drop, the body responds by releasing hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol to try to regulate the glucose in your blood stream. These hormones are also related to stress and can keep you awake at night.

For more reasons to maintain good oral hygiene, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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