Snoring is a hoarse sound usually caused by the partial blockage of the airway when you are sleeping as a result of the relaxation of the throat soft tissues. As the air flows past the throat, the soft tissues vibrate. The narrower the airway, the more forceful the airflow becomes and the louder the snore. Snoring affects the quality of sleep and makes bedtime quite unbearable for your partner. But do you know that snoring could also affect your oral health?
Why You Should Let Us Know If You Have Snoring Problems
Some of the common causes of snoring include the buildup of fat tissues in the back of the throat, nasal congestion, and the use of sedatives, alcohol and tobacco. Pregnancies, age, and family history are also risk factors that could contribute to snoring problems. Your snoring could affect your oral health in the following ways.
When the airway gets blocked, it becomes difficult to breathe. The body has to force itself to breathe. One of the ways it does so is through the grinding of the teeth. While you need to breathe to stay alive, bruxism can damage your jawbone and teeth and expose you to gum recession, tooth sensitivity, cavities, and chronic jaw pain.
People who snore also tend to breathe through the mouth when they are sleeping. This causes mouth dryness which can cause oral problems as saliva plays a very important role in oral health. Saliva helps in the remineralization process through which the teeth rebuild themselves and naturally heal cavities.
Breathing through the mouth also leads to the dropping of the pH of the mouth and making the mouth more acidic. An acidic mouth can cause erosion of the enamel and ultimately, destruction of the teeth. It can also lead to bad breath and gingivitis.
Snoring can seriously jeopardize your oral health. If you have snoring problems, you should schedule an appointment with our clinic for a checkup and take preventive measures to preserve your oral health. Call us today.