- Admin By: Admin
- Posted: 15 Jun 2019
You try brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. However, if you smoke or do not sleep well, your lifestyle choices may be affecting your oral health.
Japanese researchers studied 219 factory workers in Osaka, Japan, who underwent check-ups in 1999 and 2003. Participants were examined for periodontal disease and completed a lifestyle questionnaire that questioned about eight lifestyle categories: smoking , alcohol consumption, hours of sleep, breakfast, nutritional balance, working hours, exercise and mental health.
They were also asked about their brushing frequency, their method of brushing and the use of interdental cleaners.
Smoking and getting less than six hours of sleep per night were the two most significant lifestyle factors that led to worsening of periodontal health, the researchers found, with percentages of 2.3 and 2.1, respectively. The information showed that 38.5 percent progress of periodontal disease could be attributed to the tendency to smoke.
"Our findings are consistent with other studies that have identified smoking as a strong lifestyle factor that affects oral health," said Dr. Debbie, author of the study. "However, studies that have observed sleep hours as an independent factor that affects periodontal health are limited. From this study, we can speculate that the lack of sleep can harm the immune response of the body, which can lead to the progress of diseases such as periodontal disease.
Smoking, they concluded, can suppress the host defense system, which can promote the progress of periodontal disease.