People often think that dental problems do not have any impact on their sleep. The truth is that there are quite a few dental problems which can directly interfere with your sleep. It is not just about the pain, but there are many indirect effects of dental problems which can disrupt your sleep. Until you get the issues treated, it can be difficult to continue with your regular schedule.

Today, we will highlight some of the dental problems which can impact your sleep.

1. Gum diseases:

Gingivitis is a gum disease which inflates the gums. It can spread pretty fast if not treated soon. It can cause not just inflammation of the gums but also bleeding and pain. If it advances to the later stage, you might have to remove your tooth to halt the spread of gingivitis.

The pain and inflammation of the gums in gingivitis can result in facial pain. In such a case, you might not be able to experience sound sleep due to consistent pain. Moreover, you need to limit your diet which will not allow you to satisfy your hunger easily. You might have to go for a liquid diet to halt the spread and pain of gingivitis. In such a case as well, your daily schedule, as well as your sleeping cycle, gets impacted. Get this treated first if you’re planning on whitening your teeth at home.

2. Tooth loss:

If due to a cavity or due to any other reason, you experience a tooth loss, it can lead to severe pain. The pain is so severe that it will be difficult for you to sleep at night. Unless and until you, you get it treated from a dentist; it will be very difficult for you to sleep during the night.

3. Teeth grinding:

Teeth grinding is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. When your brain does not get enough oxygen, teeth grinding is a normal reaction. In such a case, you can end up damaging the enamel of your teeth. Owing to this very reason, you can suffer from consistent and persistent pain. The pain, again will not allow you to sleep unless and until it is treated.

4. Jaw pain:

Just be aware that, if you have dental problems, you should act on them as soon as you are able to. This is because, particularly if you have an infection, it will not resolve itself without antibiotics, and it could even spread to other areas of your body, such as your jaw, and cause further complications, not least excruciating pain. Jaw pain can easily lead to facial pain. The problem with facial pain is that it can result in a headache pretty soon. As a result, you will not be able to sleep at all.

The facial pain will be consistent. Until it is treated even painkillers will be only effective temporarily. It will be tough for you to minimize this jaw pain.

5. Cavities:

Cavities can result in unbearable pain in the nerves just above the teeth. It can also affect the nerves around the teeth. Only a dentist can soothe those nerves by separating them off from the teeth. You can opt for a painkiller, but it will just numb the nerves for a limited period. You need to get the proper treatment done by the dentist to deal with problems like enamel erosion and cavities. Until you get the treatment done, it will be tough for you to sleep at all due to the unbearable pain.

So, instead of thinking that dental problems do not impact your regular schedule, you have to look at these five dental problems. They can wreak havoc on your sleeping cycle. You have to get the dental issues dealt with as soon as possible if you want to ensure that they do not impact your sleeping cycle.

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About Guest Author: 

Ava Jones
Ava is a content specialist for Dental Dorks. They gather and share expert dental advise to their readers to help them enjoy the best dental health.