The effects of sleep on oral health

This course will define the science of the sleep cycle, stress, cardiovascular disease, immune response, inflammatory response, diabetes, obesity, and oral connections as related to sleep. (3 credits)

Sleep plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of various body systems. Inadequate sleep is prevalent in adolescents and adults and poses significant health consequences. Modern attitudes and lifestyles set individuals up for failure in obtaining the proper amount of sleep. The body needs a delicate balance of the correct quantity and quality of sleep. This course will define the science of the sleep cycle, stress, cardiovascular disease, immune response, inflammatory response, diabetes, obesity, and oral connections as related to sleep.

Educational objectives

  • Define quality sleep, sleep hygiene, and the appropriate amount of sleep for optimal health
  • Outline the science of sleep and how it affects the human body
  • Describe the systemic effects of sleep loss
  • Associate the systemic effects of sleep loss with oral manifestations

About the Authors

Noor Ajaz, RDH, graduated summa cum laude from Collin College in the top 10% of her hygiene class. She is passionate about the connection between oral and systemic health. Since researching the effects of sleep loss on oral health, Noor has incorporated sleep hygiene practices into her nightly routine and improved her quality and quantity of sleep. She is motivated to continue sleep research to better educate patients about the oral-systemic link and hopes to become more involved in sleep dentistry.

Alise Plemmons, RDH, is an honors graduate from Collin College and a former member of the United States Air Force. Alise is passionate about studying and understanding how sleep quality and quantity can also affect the body and the oral cavity. She strives to understand the varying complexities of the body and mind pertaining to sleep and oral health to better impart knowledge and awareness to fellow hygienists and patients.

Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC, is a licensed counselor and a full-time educator in Texas, where she teaches community dentistry and research. Kandice is the owner of Inspired Education & Wellness, where she is a speaker, writer, and private practice therapist. She is an approved provider under Texas Health and Human Services for human trafficking training for health-care professionals. Read her articles in RDH magazine, DentistryIQ, Today’s RDH, and her Facebook blog, Fearless Compassion: Stories of Personal Triumph. Contact her at or on social media @The Counselor Hygienist.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: JANUARY 2024

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

    Image authenticity statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.

    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-5933-22234. Expires DECEMBER 2027. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
    Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
    11/1/2022 to 10/31/2024.
    Provider ID# 320452
    AGD code: 730


    Endeavor Business Media is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPNW (January 1, 2022–December 31, 2024). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit. AADH code: AADHEBM-201-8-2024-3


    Endeavor Business Media is an ADA CERP–recognized provider.

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