Life gets busy sometimes, and we would all like more energy throughout the day. Many people may go for coffee or an energy drink, and while that may help, but that is a temporary fix. You may not think it, but your oral health has a lot to do with your stamina.
Oral health impacts many different aspects of your physicality, and your stamina is one of them. Oral health affects your stamina in two ways: sleep and cardiovascular health. It may seem strange, but it's true. Good oral health can help you to sleep better at night and keep your heart pumping.
Why Does Poor Oral Health Affect Stamina?
The reason oral health affects your sleep is a condition called nocturnal bruxism. Nocturnal bruxism is the medical term for night-time teeth grinding. You may be asking, “How could teeth grinding affect sleep?” Well, when you grind your teeth at night, you block your airway.
When your airway is blocked, your brain tells you to wake up for a short amount of time. You may not even notice it, and these short interruptions disrupt your sleep cycle. If it happens often enough, you'll wake up in the morning feeling groggy—even with a full night's sleep!
If you have a more active lifestyle, taking care of your mouth is important to your performance as well. Research has shown poor oral health is linked to poor athletic performance. This is because plaque in your mouth can build up in your veins and arteries. This happens when plaque in the mouth enters the bloodstream through minor cuts in the mouth. Over time, it builds up in your arteries, making it harder for your heart to pump blood and get oxygen to your organs.
If you're interested in learning more about how good oral health can keep your body healthy, give us a call. We would be happy to share any of our knowledge with you. You can even schedule a teeth cleaning to make sure your teeth are in tip-top shape!