Insomnia affects millions of Americans every year. While periodic insomnia affects many of us from time to time, long term insomnia can have several health effects for your body, and none of them are good. Insomnia can cause obesity to worsen. It can also cause you to feel sleepy all day, which leads to a lack of exercise and an overall decline in your quality of life.
If insomnia continues to go untreated, it can lead to headaches, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, and other mental health issues. But insomnia also causes problems within your mouth. Not sure how that happens? Keep reading to find out how insomnia affects your teeth.
Teeth and Sleep
While you are sleeping, with freshly brushed teeth, you are giving your mouth an opportunity to fight bacteria and plaque. However, when you have insomnia, you are eating and drinking far later than you should be without brushing your teeth, which means that you are covering your teeth in junk food and sugar without brushing them again.
This can lead to bacteria having a heyday in your mouth without brushing to get rid of some of the bacteria. Bacteria in your mouth are responsible for producing acids that can erode your tooth enamel and cause you to get cavities. Also, research has indicated that insomnia leads to dry mouth, which also allows bacteria to multiply.
Insomnia may also aggravate inflammation on your gums if you have periodontal disease, which is something you don't want. Inflammation in your mouth leads to infection, which can travel through your body and cause real problems, such as heart disease and strokes.
If you have questions about insomnia and your teeth, or you want to talk to someone about your oral health, why not give us a call, and let us schedule an appointment to talk to you about your dental health.