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Everyone feels run down from time to time. Whether you’re under a lot of stress, or just haven’t been sleeping well, you’ve likely felt fatigued for a day or two. However, some individuals experience long-term fatigue as a result of oral health complications. While you may not think of your teeth when identifying sources of fatigue in your life, poor dental hygiene is known to cause infections that zap your energy. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we’re committed to providing superior services that promote healthy lives in all of our patients. We want you to feel and look your best, which is why we provide a wide range of innovative restorative and cosmetic dental services. Our dentists can help you understand the link between oral health and your energy, so visit us at a consultation. 

How Does Poor Oral Hygiene Affect Energy Levels?

Our gums are filled with blood vessels. When you face an oral infection, gingivitis or gum disease, the bacteria can enter blood vessels if there’s an over-abundance. Bacteria then travels through the blood vessels and circulates to other areas of the body, resulting in a rise in overall bodily inflammation. The longer these pathogens are present in your bloodstream, you will face a higher risk of having the disease affect other organs, causing you to feel tired. 

Furthermore, oral health problems can affect your sleep. We are all aware of the importance of a good night’s rest. Scientific studies show that proper sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers junk food cravings, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and even helps you live longer. Oral health problems can keep you awake at night, particularly if you’re experiencing severe pain and discomfort. It can be hard to lay down on your pillow comfortably when you have a toothache, and you may be too distracted by the pain to fall asleep, leading to daytime drowsiness.

Other potential ways oral hygiene affects energy levels include: 

  • Poor oral health is linked to heart disease, which can cause fatigue. 
  • Those with frequent cavities are likely consuming sugary, processed foods, which can affect your ability to fall asleep at night.
  • Mouth breathing caused by sleep apnea can cause frequent waking, leading to daytime drowsiness.

How Our Dentists Can Help

Prevention is the key to feeling your best. It’s easy to do so with a team of experienced dental experts at your side. Dental checkups can catch issues before they become severe. In the long run, you’ll have more energy since you’ll prevent the problems altogether. We can treat and build an effective prevention plan to keep your teeth healthy at all times. Brushing and flossing every day, as well as planning on visiting our office twice a year, prevents major oral health complications and their associated physical impacts. 

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If you’re currently dealing with fatigue due to a dental problem, we’ll use the latest treatments to eliminate the issue and help you achieve better overall health. We understand how stressful it can be, so call our office to visit our experts. 

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