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My Teeth and My Sleep, What’s the Connection?

My sleep affects my teeth and health.

There is a big connection to our teeth, our oral health, and the way we sleep.

The connection – healthy sleep contributes to good oral health. Lack of sleep or poor sleep patterns contribute to poor oral health. It may actually start with how we breathe. Quality sleep is essential for good oral health. Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a growing medical concern. Dr. David Fox feels this condition is more “breathing disordered sleep”. “I believe breathing dysfunction is the greater source of the issue, not necessarily sleep”, says Dr. Fox.

If a person suffers from breathing disordered sleep, dental health issues can occur. These can include tooth grinding, TMD, TMJ, erosion, periodontal disease, cavities, worn teeth, changes in our bite and orthodontic relapse.

Breathing or airway problems combined with lack of sleep may also cause medical conditions like Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, Pulmonary (lung) disease, Cognitive problems, ED, and Stroke.

Additionally, motor vehicle accidents and loss of work can occur because of SBD and lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep can be detrimental to our overall well-being. Patients are seeking answers and treatment for problems related to or caused by breathing problems and the resulting poor sleep quality.

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