January 31, 2016

If you have spent the last 365 days feeling tired and exhausted, it is time for you to make a big change for the new year that can transform your smile and life forever. Dr. Glenn L. Sperbeck wants to make you more aware of the connection between sleep and your oral health. Here is what you need to know so you can plan your New Year’s resolutions accordingly.

Sleep Deprivation Increases Dental Problems

When you do not get enough sleep at night, your body is not able to heal and repair itself as much as it needs to. Sleep deprivation also causes an increase in inflammation-producing hormones that increase the amount of swelling in your body, especially in your gums. Gums that are inflamed are more susceptible to:

  • Bleeding
  • Receding
  • Damage
  • Irritation
  • Sores

Any and all of these symptoms can indicate the presence of gum disease. This infection is the leading destroyer of healthy smiles. To avoid spending any part of your new year in pain and discomfort, you should see your dentist in Westchester, CA, regularly.

Make Time for Sleep

The key to preventing sleep from affecting your oral health lies in the kind of rest you get. If you are not able to go to bed earlier so you can sleep longer, take naps throughout the day. Naps as short as 15 minutes have been scientifically proven to reduce fatigue and improve immune system response. If you often wake up feeling unrested and tired after sleeping six or more hours, it may be time for you to modify your bedroom and sleeping habits. Avoid eating at least an hour before bedtime and take a warm or hot bath with some soft music playing to help relax your mind and body to get them primed for sleep.

It is important for you to make time for sleep so your body can get enough rest to keep infections and diseases at bay. Not only will you feel better and more energized, you will also get to enjoy improved oral health. Use the start of the brand new year to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Sperbeck, your local dentist in Westchester, CA. Call (213) 986-9180 today.



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