sleep and dental health

Need to Know: Sleep and Your Dental Health

Your dentist may be able to spot signs of a sleep disorder during a dental examination. 

Key takeaways:

– Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which causes excessive daytime tiredness and can lead to other health problems, including dry mouth and tooth decay.

– Teeth grinding often occurs during the night and cause headaches and jaw pain.

– A dentist may identify possible signs like dry mouth, plaque build-up and an improper bite.

Good sleep is vital for good health.

“If your dentist notices signs that you may not be sleeping…they can help you seek treatment and restore your quality of life”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.