Sleep and Gum Disease: Is There a Relationship?

teeth smile dentist healthRegular trips to the dentist can guarantee the health of our teeth as well as a flawless smile. However, this habit may not be enough if we fail to receive the proper amount of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep has been shown to increase the chances that gum disease will develop. This inflammatory condition may eventually lead to other illnesses such as heart disease and even stroke.

What other dangers exist and how can the correct sleeping habits be embraced?

– Gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and even lead to a serious condition known as periodontal disease.

– Fewer hours of sleep have been linked to high blood pressure.

– It is best to avoid any distractions while in bed and to not eat for at least two hours prior to sleeping.

“Gum disease makes teeth shift, causes loose teeth, bleeding gums, and pockets between the gums and teeth where infection breeds.”

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Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa

With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!

Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.

Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."

Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.

Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa

Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".