Sleep is an important restorative process for our overall well-being, including our teeth and gums. A lack of sleep can lead to oral health issues which may require treatment from a dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of gum disease due to inflammation.
  • Sleep strengthens the immune system, helping to fight off oral infections such as gum disease.
  • People whose sleep is often disrupted by snoring or by a disorder like sleep apnoea are at more risk of poor oral health.

Mouth breathing such as that seen in sleep apnoea or in people who snore can also dry out the oral cavity and lead to an increased risk for cavities. Fortunately, seeking treatment for sleep apnoea can help lower your risk!

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