Summer is right around the corner. It’s so tempting to stay up late to enjoy the extra daylight and sunshine. But, we still need to get the recommended amount of sleep—7 to 8 hours for adults.
Believe it or not, sleep’s an important part of your oral health. If we’re tired and feeling run down, our immune system probably isn’t working like it should. A weakened immune system leaves the door open for bacteria and other germs to invade your body. For smiles, these bacteria and germs can cause canker sores, cold sores, and make us more susceptible to gum disease.
A lack of sleep affects smiles in other ways too. When we’re tired, we’re more susceptible to making bad food decisions. We’re more likely to eat carbohydrates and sugary foods. We’re also more likely to drink caffeine-filled drinks like soda and coffee. The sugars and acids in these drinks erode the enamel which protects our teeth. They’re also more likely to stain our teeth if we forget to brush afterwards.
Get enough sleep so you and your smile shine!