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Have you ever had gum disease or have known someone who has had gum disease? Would you be surprised to learn that gum disease can actually lead to several issues if it isn’t taken care of? For example, gum disease could actually cause red, swollen, or tender gums. It could also cause bad breath, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. However, have you heard that not getting enough sleep could actually leave you more vulnerable to gum disease?

Still, did you know that most people suggest getting at least eight hours of sleep every night? While this is mostly accurate, some can function well from only seven hours of sleep. Regardless, if you don’t get the sleep you need, your body could actually have an inflammatory response. This issue leaves you more susceptible to gum disease, but could also cause problems like heart disease.

Unfortunately, if you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll be almost as likely to have gum disease as someone who smokes. Still, aside from adequate sleep, brushing and flossing your teeth can help you avoid gum disease. It’s also important that you schedule appointments with us so we can help you identify signs of gum disease.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive our team, or are interested in learning more about the connection between sleep and gum disease in Beverly Hills, California, we invite you to contact Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241. Our dentist, Dr. Philippe Athuil, and our team look forward to receiving your call.