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Snoring is Hurting Your Mouth
Posted on 12/7/2020 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Snoring is described as noisy breathing when you are asleep. This is a common condition that affects many people all over the world. It is more prevalent in men than women and those who are overweight. It can get worse with age. Occasional snoring is not usually a detrimental issue, although it can become a nuisance to your bed partner. It tends to disrupt your partner's sleep in addition to affecting your sleep pattern. In extreme cases, it can hurt your mouth and impact your dental health, as explained below.
How Snoring Affects Your Mouth
Snoring takes place more often when your mouth is open. As a result, it leads to having weak jaw muscles and excess weight on your chin, forcing your mouth open while sleeping. It also contributes to the narrowing of your airway by making the throat to compress every time your tongue falls back into the airway. This phenomenon creates an open space right behind your tongue, thus reducing the soft palate. Apart from that, snoring can cause inhaled air to become turbulent. The turbulence leads to vibration of the soft tissue located at the back of the mouth, causing the airway to dry out. This problem comes as a result of your mouth's inability to humidify inhaled air the same way your nasal breathing does.
On the other hand, snoring may contribute to inhaling harmful things through the mouth. These foreign objects are usually in the form of bugs and allergens, which can negatively impact your oral health. With your oral health compromised, your mouth will start experiencing bad breath, oral infections, sores, bacteria buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay. You can prevent all these conditions by finding a solution to your snoring habit. Please, come see us for various snoring treatment options to keep your mouth healthy. For more information, call us today to schedule your next appointment.