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Sleep your way to better oral health – Part 2

Last time we wrote about how a good night’s sleep can help prevent periodontal disease and we also touched on how a lack of sleep is linked with some mental health conditions, such as stress, depression and anxiety. 

This time we turn our attention to bruxism or tooth grinding. Stress has been identified as a cause in nearly 70 per cent of all cases of bruxism, as well as being a possible trigger for other complaints such as mouth ulcers.

Bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.

One of the main benefits of sleep is that it reduces stress and helps our bodies recover. Good quality rest has also been seen to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and in some cases the brain can switch off from repetitive thoughts and recover.

Bearing in mind the association already mentioned between depression, anxiety and an increased risk of tooth loss, sleep and stress prevention are clearly important for oral health.

If you grind your teeth during sleep and many of us do and are unaware you may well benefit from a mouth guard or a sleep clench inhibitor. Give us a call to find out more about that.

In part three of this blog series, we will focus on how a lack of sleep puts you at risk from the painful condition of dry mouth.