Dr. Wager understands how certain lifestyle factors can have a serious effect on periodontal health. Although brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings seriously benefit oral health, other lifestyle factors can also promote oral homeostasis. According to a study in Journal of Periodontology, lack of sleep comes in second to tobacco smoking as the two most important influences effecting periodontal disease.
Along with brushing and flossing daily, getting a good night’s rest can be equally beneficial to decreasing existing periodontal disease. A study conducted in Japan discovered the interesting effect sleep, in conjunction to lifestyle factors, such as tobacco smoking, had on workers. The study found that among smokers with periodontal disease, those who got better sleep fought gum disease better. That is to say, if you smoke or use tobacco products, getting a good night’s sleep can help your body fight gum disease more effectively than if you were to sleep for only a few hours each night. More »