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You probably know that you should sleep if you’re interested in improving your brain power, balancing your hormones, and preventing chronic diseases? Still, have you heard that that the amount of sleep you get might impact the health of your smile?

In reality, you may have heard that getting eight hours of sleep a night is extremely important. This is partially true, but many people can function on seven hours. Still, you can know whether or not you’re getting enough sleep just by listening to your body.

Sadly, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you might be more vulnerable to problems like gum disease. In fact, if you don’t get at least seven hours of sleep a night, you’ll be about as likely to have gum disease as people who smoke. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body may have an inflammatory response. Aside from leaving you more susceptible to gum disease, this response will also make you more vulnerable to heart disease.

If you’re interested in learning more about the care you can receive from our team, or would like to hear more about gum disease in Odessa, Texas, please don’t hesitate to give Atwood Family Dental a call at 432.337.6165. Our dentist, Dr. Greg Atwood, and our team will be glad to inspect your teeth, to answer any questions you have, and to offer you personalized advice. We’re excited to receive your call soon!