Snoring Increases Your Likelihood of Cavities, But It Can Be Corrected
Posted on 1/15/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
During sleep, it is not uncommon for an individual to snore. Snoring is a loud sound that comes from an individual when their airway is blocked partially during sleep.
There are ways in which to combat snoring, from using a sleep apnea machine to sleeping partially propped up so the airway is clear. While snoring can affect your sleep, did you know that it can also increase the likelihood that you will have cavities?
How Snoring Affects Oral Health
When you snore at night, it can cause xerostomia, which is also known as dry mouth. Saliva is needed to help moisten the oral tissues of the mouth. Without proper saliva flow, dental health problems can begin, such as gum disease, tooth decay, infections, sores, etc. Salvia is needed in order to wash the tongue, gums and cheeks.
These areas accumulate dead cells and when the cells are not removed, decomposition begins. An odor will be created and organisms and bacteria can begin to grow in the mouth, which leads to issues such as cavities. Over time, this can lead to major issues regarding the teeth and gums.
Combating the Problem We recommend that you get a handle on any snoring problems in order to avoid the creation of cavities. Dental treatments are offered that can assist with snoring such as oral appliance therapy.
The overall cause of snoring should be determined by a physician and then treatments provided by us as needed. Regular cleanings and checkups by our team can ensure your mouth says clean and overall dental health is in good condition.
By ensuring your snoring problem is taken care of, you will be able to produce the right amount of saliva at night in order to have quality oral health, avoiding gum disease, cavities and more dental issues. We are happy to provide additional information to our patients who suffer from snoring in order to try and combat the problem and avoid cavities or other oral health issues.