Is there a connection between receding gums, snoring, and feeling less-than-energetic?
Today we’re going to put several puzzle pieces in place to help us navigate not only to greater oral health but also to whole-being wellness.
In a recent article titled, ‘What causes receding gums and how to stop it’ (which happened to be our most popular blog article yet, thank you), we explained that one of the major causes of gum recession is habitual nighttime teeth grinding (called bruxism).
In this month’s expert interview, we do a dive deep with Dr. Mark Burhenne, a California-based dentist who specializes in helping patients address sleep issues. Dr. Burhenne is also the author of the #1 Amazon best selling book, “The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and Unhappiness”, which examines the connection between bruxism (grinding teeth), gum recession, snoring, adrenal fatigue, and sleep apnea.
While it may seem like a weird stretch to discuss the relationship between gum recession and chronic fatigue, low sex drive, etc., after watching our interview with Dr. B, you’ll see how all of these seemingly unrelated pieces fit together very well.
In fact, Dr. B makes a very strong statement that he can back up:
“Sleep apnea is the most important health concern ever.”
Now, that’s a pretty brash-sounding statement when you consider the impact of pesticides, GMOs, and other ‘global’ health issues.
In today’s interview, Dr. B discusses what it means if you grind your teeth at night and if you commonly snore. He also explains how these habits can be major signs of undiagnosed moderate sleep apnea, and how sleep apnea is a MAJOR cause of adrenal fatigue.
- 1:03 Why is a dentist talking about sleep, fatigue, disease and unhappiness?
- 7:45 How grinding (bruxism) or pain in the jaw can be strong signs of sleep apnea.
- 12:20 Why quality of sleep is much more important than quantity of sleep.
- 12:30 How sleep quality directly relates to ADD and ADHD, cancer, diabetes, and even memory issues like Alzheimer’s disease.
- 19:20 Why even small, fit people may still have sleep apnea.
- 21:00 How 80% of sleep apnea goes undiagnosed.
- 31:25 Why children snoring is a big sign of trouble.
- 41:30 How to naturally increase your willpower!
The bottom line is, if we aren’t getting a restful night’s sleep, how can we expect to have a vital expression of our genetic potential?
Do you know someone who snores or tends to be tired? Given the importance of this information, we hope you will share this interview with your loved ones who may benefit from it.
Plus, feel free to download our FREE eBook, the Guide to Safe Dentistry, which explains what questions to ask to find a dental team who will work with you on your journey to greater oral health.
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