Your kids have plenty of energy reserves to rely upon even after a hard day at school. It is not the case with adults. Life is mostly overwhelming for us, especially as our responsibilities multiply.
Our inability to get enough sleep initially seems like a badge of honor, but it eventually takes its toll. Even our kids have learned how not to get enough sleeping time. For kids and adults, there are undesirable outcomes of consistently not getting enough sleep. To tell it like it is, lack of sleep is dangerous; it can even impact a child’s ability to make the right decisions.
This article discusses the ways adequate sleep promotes dental health in your kid.
It prevents periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the development of deep pockets between the gums and teeth. It causes your child’s teeth to move around too freely or loosely while destroying the bone that holds your kid’s teeth in place. Poor sleep is known to raise the probability of having periodontitis.
A study by the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine investigated how specific lifestyle factors like diet, exercise levels, and sleep, may influence the onset of periodontitis in 200 workers. It revealed that workers who slept for seven to eight hours every night had less risk of periodontitis.
It lowers the risk of increased inflammation
So, how does poor sleep expose your child to periodontitis? Not getting proper sleep leads to inflammation in your child’s gums. Naturally, inflammation leads to periodontal disease. It also leads to gingivitis.
Research from Emory University School of Medicine shows the body increases the production of inflammatory hormones when deprived of sleep. Possible fallout of high levels of inflammation includes a higher risk of stroke, obesity, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Good sleep promotes tissue repair
Even as an adult, you have often felt refreshed after sleeping. We know rest can be that powerful. During sleep, our bodies utilize far less energy than when we are awake. Besides, most of our body parts, including teeth, are not in use when we are asleep.
Sleep is an avenue for your child’s body to rejuvenate. It is the same way their dental health improves.
Sleep, anxiety, and bruxism
If your kid stays awake from sun up to sundown, they are more likely to experience depression or an anxiety disorder. Bruxism – grinding their teeth during sleep – is also quite common. It is profoundly inimical to dental health. Bruxism and poor sleep have an apparent correlation. Your child may have a harder time because bruxism worsens their inability to sleep.
Thus, there is a higher risk of gum disease and a lowering of the body’s natural immune responses. The reason is that the body is not getting the vital rest it needs to rebuild tissues and correct the immune system. Not sleeping enough will rob your child’s body of ample opportunities to adequately replenish their immune system.
A Word on Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs primarily due to over-relaxation of airway and throat muscles. The muscle tissue (now relaxed) blocks the airway partially. Because of this, oxygen intake is low during sleep.
The body’s response to the absence of adequate air is to wake and gasp regularly for air. The child (or adult) often does not know they are awake. The sleeping and waking cycle can happen more than a hundred times each night.
Thus, the child effectively sleeps less and experiences daytime drowsiness. Coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are also common. The struggle to breath can also impact the dental health of the kid. Periodontal disease, bruxism, dry mouth, and tooth loss are common teeth-related symptoms.
The majority of sleep apnea sufferers do not know they have it, and snoring is not conclusive proof of the condition. Dentists must then evaluate your child’s overall oral health. Untreated sleep apnea can impact dental health, making it essential to identify the causes of dental symptoms.
A condition where the body’s saliva production naturally drops during sleep. Saliva prevents tooth decay. Regular saliva production washes away food particles, neutralizing acids that form in the mouth. It also keeps specialized tissues in your kid’s mouth moist and healthy.
Mouth-breathing complements nasal airflow, but it causes the tissues inside to dry out and shrink. It increases bacterial exposure to above and below the gum line, as saliva is unable to reach these areas.
It paves the way for periodontal disease. In the short term, your child may suffer dental infections and bad breath.
Dental Health and Good Sleep – Inseparable Twins
Modern culture has de-emphasized quality sleep, and even children are guilty. It is not just a question of how long your kid sleeps. How they sleep matters!
For excellent teeth and gum protection, around 8 hours of restful sleep is what your kid needs daily.
To maintain a set of healthy, sparkling teeth, ensure your child brushes and flosses properly daily. Where they already experience protracted issues in their dental health, you should see a dentist.
Typical children’s dental health issues include toothache, loosening of teeth, and bleeding gums. A dentist is the best person to analyze any problems, how to resolve them, and the appropriate treatment plans depending on your child’s needs.
Being proactive about your child’s dental health means that you do all you know to ensure excellent dental health for them. Elements of this include adequate sleep, good oral hygiene, and treating all dental issues. This way, you can help improve your child’s self-esteem, and create an aura of peace around them, all day long.