A lack of proper sleep affects the human body in many ways apart from just feeling tired the following day. A regular pattern of sleep allows the body to restore itself and decreases the risk of illness and disease. But according to an article by Dr. Samir Alaswad a good night’s sleep is also important for our dental health.
Dr. Alaswad makes the following points in his online article:
– Under Six Hours. While some people regularly get by with less than six hours sleep this can cause an inflammatory reaction in the gums as well increase the risk of developing other chronic illnesses.
– Seven to Eight Hours. Although it may vary from person to person, getting seven or eight hours sleep a night is the recommended target. This allows the body, including the teeth and gums, time to heal and repair itself and reduce the risks of inflammation occurring.
– Enough Sleep. Not everybody will require a full eight hours of sleep and your body will tell you pretty quickly whether you need more or less. However, if you notice problems with inflamed or bleeding gums a lack of sleep could be a contributory factor and worth checking out with your dentist.
According to Dr. Alaswad’s article “it is estimated that one in three adults do not get enough sleep”. If you think you are one of these people then perhaps an extra hour in bed will not only improve your physical and dental health but put a smile back on your face at the same time.
Dr. Alaswad’s article can be read in full at